The Best Reason For Financial Independence

One of the more common criticisms I hear about Financial Independence is, “It’s not for everybody” and “Some people like to work”.

In a world dominated by the average Joe (or Jane) working a 9-to-5 job, the prospect of living a financially free life sounds like some kind of crazy fantasy world. They ask questions like, “What would I do with all that extra time? Don’t you get bored?”

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Costco Vs. Cash & Carry

Saving money on food is a huge part of saving for financial independence. For the average family in the United States, food counts for seven thousand dollars of annual spending. It’s the largest single spending category outside of housing and transportation.

Love it or hate it, buying in bulk saves money. Costco has been a champion on this front since the 1980’s…

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Making Nametake

It’s no secret that the Tako family loves a good meal. We routinely post pictures of our meals on this site — because I firmly believe you don’t have to sacrifice good living to reach financial independence! Our grocery spending usually amounts to a mere $500 per month.

For us, eating well is just part of living a good life. Over the past few years our diet has changed considerably…

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Sticking With It: Cooking At Home

It’s completely understandable why families commonly rack up thousands of dollars per year in restaurant spending — It’s soo easy to trade that extra little bit of money to have someone else prepare and serve you food.

So how do families like mine go years without eating out? How do we stick with it year after year without fail? Don’t we get tired of cooking?

It’s simple really…

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Ode To My Rice Cooker

Back in the old days (before I had kids and lived in a big fancy house), I lived a simple life. I had small apartments with roommates, and kept my expenses really low. Less than $10 a day (not including rent).

I cooked much of my own food (like today), but I did so with a very limited set of culinary tools — Two knives, some mixing bowls, a microwave, and a rice cooker. Sure, I could have eaten out, but I chose to save my money instead…

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