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Mediterranean Cruise & Italy Vacation: Total Out of Pocket Cost

Last month my SO and I enjoyed a two week trip to Italy & the Mediterranean. We had a wonderful time cruising to Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece for a week, and then exploring Italy for another week. In Italy we attempted the whirlwind tour – we saw a number of cities and visited many of the highlights of Venice, Milan, and Florence. We didn’t spend enough time in any of

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Our Travel Hacked Mediterranean Cruise & Italian Vacation

I enjoy travel hacking and playing the credit card bonus game more than I probably should – scheming ways to maximize the value from my monthly spend is one of my favorite hobbies. So, with all of the time, planning, and scheming that goes into this hobby, what’s the result? If done right, you get to do a lot of cheap traveling – last year we went to Costa Rica

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Alternative Paths to FIRE: Part Time Job?

As I’ve written about before, I sometimes consider abandoning my career path and following the less intense route to FIRE. I daydream about leaving the stressful 40-hour workweek behind, and instead working part time or seasonally (as well as side hustling) to cover expenses. Of course, these are mostly *just* daydreams, but sometimes it’s fun to think of alternatives to the mainstream. Working a part-time job would remove some of

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Side Hustle Round Up: 2016 Income

For the past few years I’ve done an annual side hustle round up (2014 & 2015). In 2016 I backed off on some hustles, and started a pretty lucrative new one. Here’s the breakdown…

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DIY Project: King Size Storage Bed Frame

Over the summer we decided to take on our first woodworking project: building ourselves a bed frame. I love to try DIY projects, but I haven’t ever built my own furniture. We were vaguely planning an upgrade to a king size bed, and the cost when shopping bed frames was making my frugal brain twitch – so we decided to take the plunge and try to build one ourselves. Our

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I Love Mind Mapping, and I’ve Finally Found the Perfect Tool

I love mind mapping (nerd alert!). For whatever reason, the way I think syncs up perfectly with the spidery visualization that is a mind map. Creating one is the best way I’ve ever found to organize my thoughts on a subject, and the process of building one is a great first step before tackling more in-depth planning. They also help me defeat uncertainty, confusion, and procrastination. I’ve always loved the

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Stay on the Path to FIRE or Dive Into Entrepreneurship?

A few years ago when I started seriously planning my route to FIRE, I was fairly confident that I’d be content working the 8-12 years in my current industry until I had saved enough and earned the freedom to call it quits. Over the past few years, and more rapidly over the past 6 months, I’ve been considering the prospects of instead pursing a lifestyle of unjobbing and small-scale entrepreneurship a lot more seriously.

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