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Losing $60K from Grand Canyon to Griffith (September Update)

We made it back from our longest trip of the year and invested over $10K. Details below! In honor of our troops, we take a look at charities supporting veterans.

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We Blew a Hole in Our August Budget (and We Head West)

Surprise! We overspent our budget big time—and share the details! We also review refugee nonprofits as our summer travel goes west!

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Wealth vs Income (and How I Can’t Afford Our Mortgage)

Wealth vs income—what’s more important for your success? Once you have ”enough” in your pursuit of FIRE, what are the trade offs of losing your high income?

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A Summer of Travel (and Our July 2021 Monthly Money Update)

We’ve got a year of net worth data and donations, review community health nonprofits, and detail our monthly budget—as our summer of travel continues!

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Bathroom Renovation, Pride Month, and Our June FIRE Budget

We spent nearly $600 on DIY bathroom renovations, review LGBTQIA+ nonprofits, and scrutinize our June 2021 budget!

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The Case for Taking Social Security at 62 (Pros and Cons)

Thinking of taking social security at 62? You might be surprised by what the math behind drawing social security early and investing the benefit looks like!

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Is Refinancing Worth It? (How About for 1% Savings?)

With low interest rates, you’re wondering if it’s worth the closing costs to refinance today—even for as little as a 1% rate reduction. Here’s how to decide!

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Our First Flights in a Year (and Our May ’21 Budget Update)

We spent nearly $3K on our first flights since the pandemic with a 16-day trip, review mental health nonprofits, and scrutinize our May 2021 expenses!

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Deciding When to Trade 4 Hours to Save $200 Traveling

Traveling can be expensive so why not try to save money where you can? Would you be willing to trade more driving to save $200 instead of flying closer?

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Why You Don’t Need To Worry About Inflation (and the 4% Rule)

Will inflation wreak havoc with your early retirement plans? Does the 4% rule account for it? And how do you determine how much money to withdraw yearly?