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.
2017 has been a year of fine-tuning our meal prep system. This was initially due to major changes to our working hours, but our system has continued to evolve over the course of the year. Here’s a look at our system over time, and a detailed look at this weekend’s specific meal planning for demonstration purposes. Continue reading
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:
Latest Holy Pilgrimage completed:
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
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
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
By reader request, I kept our receipts this week from grocery shopping. Obviously this isn’t a perfect representation of every item we eat as we neither start nor end with an empty kitchen, but it’s a reasonably good look at how we shop. We went to Sunrise and T&T this week, and here’s what we bought: Continue reading
Several months ago, we were interviewed for a piece about early retirement and frugality for The Walrus, a Canadian magazine. This month, it finally came out!