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Our First Full Month in Europe (Apr. 2023 Update)

From Spain to the Netherlands, discover how we had a month of European adventure on our FIRE budget. Plus, vote for an active lifestyle supporting charity!

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We Missed Our Flight to Madeira! (Mar. 2023 Update)

After bucking the odds for years, we finally missed a flight! Fortunately, some quick thinking avoided thousands in expenses. Read our monthly FIRE update.

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How I Saved 50% on Dental Bills Without Tourism or Schools

Despite a $3,600 estimate, I walked away with 3 root canals for nearly half as much from the same provider. Avoid these dental pitfalls and learn how I did it.

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Dental Gotchas and Saving $1,600 (Jan. 2023 Update)

Learn how a quick decision on Chris’s part managed to cut his dentist bill from about $3,600 to under $2,000! Read our January 2023 FIRE budget update.

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Annual Spend Summary 2021: $51,378 and Where It Went

Our annual spending review details how we lived an adventure-filled life in 2021 on about $51K/year as two 37-year-olds. Steal our tricks to reach FIRE!

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Día de Muertos *in* Mexico (Oct. 2022 Update)

Here’s how we experienced The Day of the Dead in Puerto Vallarta on less than $70/day yet still had an endless supply of fun and luxury!

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How We Profit on Tech Upgrades (Sep. 2022 Update)

Even while Chris escaped to southern Europe (and for barely over $100/day!), we upgraded most of our iGadgets and turned a profit in the process! Read how.

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Why Volunteerism Could Be Your Life’s Greatest Vocation

Why volunteer? It could become your life’s work—by lifting up a cause you believe in, you might just find the community and purpose we all crave.

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How $8K in Spending & Volunteerism Defined Our Month (Jun. 2022 Update)

From Portugal and Spain for fun and adventure to Peru for medical volunteerism, this is how we spent $8K in our June budget and saved thousands on hotels!

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From Portugal to Peru—Adventure Begins! (May. 2022 Update)

Our travel adventures and summer vacation begin with a trip to Portugal! We’re volunteering (and donating) to Peru—come vote for which nonprofit!