Cat Strollers and Loom Knitting: A look at some of our quirkier habits

Most of our money-saving habits are pretty routine and boring – cook dinner, don’t buy shit you don’t need, etc. etc. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll stumble across some downright bizarre quirks. This post is a light-hearted look at some of the funny, unique, and just plain weird habits we’ve picked up over the years.

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Summer 2017 Life Update

We’re more than halfway through 2017, and it’s been excellent! Time for our quarterly life update.

Net worth: $274,459

Latest cool place we’ve been:

Lisbon

Latest Holy Pilgrimage completed:

Pilgrimage

That would be Lisbon and Chartres Cathedral, respectively. Chartres Cathedral has not only one of the world’s oldest walkable labyrinths (+++ for labyrinth-obsessed Stephs), but also a veil worn by the Virgin Mary. Cool place to pilgrimage to! Continue reading

2017 Mid-Year Review

We are officially halfway through 2017, and doing great! Fresh home from an amazing trip to Portugal, Spain, and France, it’s time to have a look at our half-year progress for 2017.

Our net worth has increased from $244,341 to $272,751 – a $28,410 increase! That’s an average monthly increase of $4,735, which is very reasonable given our income. We are currently sitting at a 55% savings rate for the year, which is skewed low since we’ve already paid for most of our travel for the year (meaning it should boost above 60% by year end). Continue reading

How Fat is Your Budget?

Some people think our spending is insanely low and borderline mountain hermit. Frugal friends take one look at our annual travel spending and keel over and die. Today, we’re going to do a little bit of math and determine just how lean our budget is. We’re going to use 2016’s numbers for simplicity, though if I like the results, this may become an annual thing. I’m writing this as I run the numbers, and have no idea what the results will be. How fat is our budget? Continue reading