There comes a time in every frugalist’s life when he or she needs to spend a little money. These moments are great opportunities to make investments — in things like education, new experiences, and tools to create. You know — the stuff that can truly improve the quality of one’s life…Read more
For those of us reaching FIRE in our late 30’s and early 40’s, our retirement timelines are a little longer than average. Many of us are planning retirement periods of 40 years… long enough to reach the end of a typical human lifespan.
But what if we’ve been planning it wrong all along? What if FIRE also has hidden advantages that allow early retirees to live longer than normal lifespans…Read more
The Tako family has returned from Japan, and it’s time to face the accountant’s calculator. Did we burn through the yen at a crazy-insane rate, or did we “frugal it up” for our month in Japan?
Unfortunately trying to figure out how much we spent in Japan was harder than I expected. Read on to find out why….Read more
Our Japan trip was an incredible journey, and we made a ton of great new memories as a family! That said, it’s really good to be home!
We landed last night, and of course the kiddos still wanted to go out trick-or-treating for Halloween. I really don’t know where kids get their energy…Read more
As our trip draws to a close, our focus has shifted from “things we want to see” to “gathering items we want to bring home”.
We’re spending a lot more time shopping, and Japan has some of the best shopping in the world! From multi-story department stores that carry an incredible number of unique items, to specialty shops that focus on only one product category, Japan is a shoppers heaven…Read more
Does a trip to the park sound boring when Japan has ancient temples and castles to explore? Tourist attractions are great, but they can also be expensive and exhausting.
Frankly, after you’ve seen about a dozen temples they all start to look the same anyway. Certainly not something a 2 year old and a 4 year old are going appreciate for a whole month. Instead, we take the kids to the park!Read more
Is Japan an expensive place to eat? It certainly can be! Japan has a reputation for notoriously high prices, but in my experience it doesn’t have to be that way! You can definitely eat affordably in Japan if you’re willing to try out a few new things.
Delicious food is abundant in the country, and it comes in all different price points…Read more
September was another extremely busy month for the Tako family. Not only were we trying to get everything done before our big trip to Japan, but I took on some additional guest post writing in September.
I wrote these guest posts completely for free, because I like the people and the blogs involved. A little extra exposure for Mr. Tako Escapes never hurts either!Read more
Around this time last year, I wrote a rant about mobile phones. It’s now one year later, and I think it’s high-time I did a little more ranting.
Let me begin by saying this: Mobile phones are giant money black-holes. Even financially intelligent people who can otherwise save money, seem to have a giant weakness for mobile phones and fancy mobile services…Read more