Monthly Archive: January 2016

Progress to Freedom 35: 2015 Annual Update

Year end round up time: I thought I’d compare our financial situation over the last two years and see if tracking our expenses publicly and in more detail made a difference in helping us level up our frugality and reach our goals.   Expenses Average Monthly Expenses Category 2014 2015 Housing $2,800  $2,300 Heir Care $0  $440 Travel $400  $420 Health & Fitness $330  $360 Groceries $300  $255 Utilities...

Travel Hacking for Fun and Profit

We’ve posted travel reports about trips where we used used airline and hotel loyalty points to keep the cost down; each time, people seemed curious how we earned enough point and miles to travel as much as we do. This post addresses that question in more detail than you may care to know. The end of the year seemed a good time to summarize miles and points we accumulated in...

December 2015 Expenses

Continuing with late 2015 expense tracking housekeeping, our final month of expenses for the year, with a couple highlights Cooler nights meant using a bit of heating. We saw the impact of it in our gas and electric bill We took a fun Christmas road trip to visit California’s central coast. Christmas should be spent on a beach right? The month is full of holidays which means spending time hanging...

November 2015 Expenses

Coming to the end of 2015, we’re doing some housekeeping and catching up on reviewing our expenses. Feel free to skip the dated posts; it was important to our goals of keeping ourselves accountable to force us to go over and review everything. As for why we didn’t do it sooner, we’d say it’s because we got busy with a vacation to Mexico, but mainly we got...

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