It feels like months since I last wrote about something *other* than money. From my recent posts, you’d think this site was just about money! Nope, it’s not JUST about money! It’s also about living a really damn-good life on a minimal budget…Read more
With Halloween behind us, and Thanksgiving only a few short days away; the holidays are officially here again. Known for excessive feasts, family, drinking, gift giving, and over spending — the holidays might actually be the worst time of year for those seeking financial independence…Read more
The last couple weeks have been pretty interesting here on good old planet Earth. My recent posts discussed about our plan for Healthcare after the ACA, and even Secular Stagnation and poor real GDP growth. Pretty serious stuff.
So I think it’s time I took things down a notch and stopped worrying about things I can’t control. Instead, I want to get back to this idea of leading an incredibly rich (and fulfilling) life on a minimal budget.Read more
Have you ever noticed how the most expensive items in your grocery shopping cart tend to be meat and processed foods?
Years ago I noticed this, and decided I wanted to make changes to my diet. We started buying less of those high-priced items (for both financial and health reasons), and started cooking almost every meal at home.Read more
Have you ever heard the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? I’m sure you have! This common phrase reminds people to have a positive attitude in the face of adversity, by making the best of a bad situation. It’s great advice!
Well, Mr. Tako has a different version of this ancient phrase that’s just as useful…Read more
One of the main themes of this blog is food, and making absolutely fantastic food on a minimal budget.
Today we’re going to make one of my favorite “restaurant foods” that’s extremely popular here in the Pacific Northwest…Read more
Summer is officially over. It went by far too fast here in the Pacific Northwest. With epic clear blue skies and mild temperatures, the summer here is glorious. But it changes fast.
One day August was like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Shire — Sunny and 75F. The next day, instead of the Shire, we get Mordor!Read more
In Westernized cultures, the drinking of alcoholic beverages is widely accepted. In most social situations, it’s considered OK to drink. Nearly every social function you can think of is literally doused in alcohol.
In the United States alone, $197 billion dollars was spent on alcoholic beverages in 2012. That’s 9.4 billion gallons at an average price of $20.95 per gallon. Incredible! And expensive!Read more
Waste is an evil word. Anyone on The Road to financial independence should absolutely hate waste. Waste is your hard earned money getting thrown out with last week’s trash. I personally despise waste, and try to eliminate it wherever possible.Read more