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Six Months Jobless and Homeless: Financial Update

It’s been a bit more than half a year since we quit our jobs and took off in a brand new (to us) motorhome. We spent time in two countries, 18 US states & one Canadian province, three national parks, seven or so state parks, lots of BLM campgrounds, National Forests, Wilderness Management areas and the like (these are all free campsites and awesome), spent extended time lounging around...

Comparing Cross Country Road Trips: Car vs RV

Is it cheaper to drive across the US in an RV or a car and how do they compare in fun and comfort? We’ve done the trip both ways now, and some answers were surprising: the RV turned out to be cheaper when considering gas, food, and accommodations, but the bigger picture is more complicated. For background: Three years ago we decided “go west, young man (and woman, and dog), grow up with...

Financial Update: Finally Free?

Been a while since posting a financial update or spending report. We have been busy with other stuff, quitting our jobs and moving into an RV for example; we also switched most of our spending in recent months to a credit card that Mint wouldn’t track (one of the lesser known perils of credit card churning) so had gotten behind on tracking expenses; mainly, we’ve been lazy and procrastinating. Right now seemed...

Adding Storage To An RV

We’re getting ready to ride off into the sunset in our new motorhome. Part of the preparations have been to add extra storage space. We don’t want to leave any toys essentials behind, and also want to keep everything nice and organized. Adding storage to an RV is as useful as adding extra cargo capacity to a car, but you have to figure out a few more things for yourself. We installed a cargo pod on the...

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June 2016 Expenses

Summer is in full swing and the weather is still perfect here on the West coast – no humidity, no bugs, no surprise storms…why are we moving again? Anyway, it’s that time of the month again: how much money did we spend and where did it go? Here are some highlights from last month: We bought a new home RV and had associated extra fees: gas, DMV registration...

That Time We Bought a New Home for $6,000

No, we’re not moving to Detroit, we bought a motorhome. Why? Well there’s a saying, “dress for the job you want”. Granted, the phrase was probably coined by someone trying to sell you clothes, but perhaps there’s merit to the thought. So, since we want to retire soon, we’re working on looking the part. As part of the retiree makeover, we bought an RV, a 1992 Winnebago Minnie Winnie to be specific. It’s a 24 ft Class C motorhome,...

May 2016 Expenses

Wow, times flies: We’re half way through the year! We’ve gotten a bit behind on monitoring our expenses with everything going on in our lives, but I didn’t want to let this habit slip just yet. I finally sat down to take a look at how we did last month, and here are the highlights: Technically, we’re renters again. Our monthly housing expenses seem higher, but it works out...

Cooking Under Pressure For Fun and Profit

For the last year, we’ve had a useful new tool in our food preparation arsenal: an electric pressure cooker. The pressure cooker has upped our food making game, increased the variety of delicious dishes we can make at home, and decreased the time we spend cooking. It even helps reduce our food bills (which some of you asked about), since we can rely on whatever ingredients are on sale at the time to reduce our use...

We Sold our House

An unexpected series of events has offered us an opportunity, and we’ve decided to make the most of it, take the adventurous path, and figure out the rest as we go along. The upshot: we’ll probably be pulling the plug on work this fall; a couple years earlier than we were planning. To back up: we considered moving a few months ago and had a real estate firm evaluate our house. Employment changes made...

April 2016 Expenses

Wow! It’s already May, and one third of 2016 is complete. We recently noticed  our expenses have been creeping up this year and April continued that trend with some one-time expenses. It has been a fun month; here’s a quick recap before we go into the specifics: Spent some time in a South Pacific Paridise Bought an electric bike to play with commute longer distances..only moderately impressed, expect a review soon Car tires had...

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