Nothing New Year: Month 8 Update

Happy September! Last month, we went on our family road trip - twelve days in the northeast - and it was awesome. Despite the fact that we spent $3800, we still think that road tripping is the best family vacation on a budget. After we got back from our trip, we worked on getting our kids ready for the school year to start and pondered an unexpected opportunity: an inexpensive piece of land with no deed restrictions came available in a great location in our city. Did we make an offer? Did we buy anything new this month? Read on to find out.

The Ultimate Guide to an Epic Frugal Road Trip

We’re back from our 12-day road trip of the Northeastern US. Over the years, we’ve come to believe that the road trip is the best frugal way to travel as a family. Let’s look at how we make our trips memorable (and manageable). Get ready for an adventure as we explore the Keep Thrifty guide to the best family vacation on a budget: the road trip.

Take Back Your Sanity By Switching From Push to Pull

Have you ever felt like your life is a constant shift from one commitment to the next? As soon as one meeting finishes, another is about to begin. In the open spaces of your calendar, you do your best to keep up with your inbox, respond to texts, and answer the call of social media. I’ve been there, putting myself in a position where my obligations were in charge of my attention. One of my goals in mini-retirement is to take back my schedule (and my sanity) by shifting my actions from “push” to “pull”. Here’s how I’m doing it - starting with one little experiment.

Breaking Our Addiction to Home Updates

The Hidden Money We Saved By Selling Our House

Twenty-nine thousand dollars. That’s how much we spent on updates and maintenance in the last two years we lived in our house. It was higher than either of us had considered and yet, we realized that we would have spent tens of thousands more if we had stayed in our house. It’s worth taking a look at why this is, and what we can do to save ourselves if we get back into home ownership.

The Parable of the Craftsmen

A survey in 2014 found 22% of children responding in the UK had an interesting aspiration for when they grew up: “I just want to be rich”. Another 19% wanted to be “famous”. More traditional answers like police officer, zoo keeper, firefighter, and doctor showed up lower in the survey. Can money really buy happiness? Read on to hear my answer in parable form.