Exploring Alternatives Mini-Documentary

Written by Cel

Several months ago, we were approached by a couple that runs a YouTube channel called Exploring Alternatives. Their channel is about Canadians who have “alternative lifestyles”: people who are “living in small spaces like tiny houses, vans, RVs, sailboats, and who are exploring long-term travel, minimalism, zero waste living, renewable energy, and much more. ”

As we are frugal, relatively minimalist, and are shooting for early retirement, they wanted to do a video about us, which we happily agreed to. It took a while for it to be filmed, edited, and ready for publication, but it came out earlier this month. Here is the link to the video, which is about 9.5 minutes long.

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A view from the other side – getting your partner on board with frugality

-Written by Cel

For some couples, it can be a problem getting on the same page when it comes to finances. Steph and I are fortunate to be on the same wavelength, but that wasn’t always the case.

We joke that we are doing early retirement on easy mode, as both of us are innately frugal. Neither of us has to fight against bad financial habits or a compulsion to spend.

However, I wasn’t particularly frugal growing up. I lived with my parents in a 3 story house, frequently bought take-out food, and knew little about self-sufficiency or frugality. Most of my socializing in university revolved around drinking at bars, eating at restaurants, etc.(Although I didn’t do anything really stupid, or getting into credit card debt for stuff I didn’t really need).

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The Incoming Assets Retirement Strategy

-Written by Steph

Given the current uptick in readership of our blog, along with the overall increased interest in financial independence and early retirement (FIRE), it seems timely to do a post that thoroughly describes the exact system we use in our pursuit. We’ve fine-tuned it over the years, and have come up with a strategy that allows us to build wealth quickly on average incomes and with minimal¬†ongoing effort. Here it is! Continue reading