Category: Experiments

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...

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Getting Paid To Buy a House

Two years ago we bought a house for the first time. When the process was done, our real estate agency paid us nearly $3, 500. If we had done things slightly differently, we might have got almost twice that amount back. Buying a home can be expensive and daunting, but getting money back at the end makes it a bit sweeter. When someone sells their home with a real estate agent,...

Bringing up Baby: Year One Costs

How much does raising a child cost in the first year? Would you believe me if I said all the baby stuff you need for the first year doesn’t cost that much? We had no idea what expenses to expect as we started our child-rearing experiment, but being numbers and spreadsheet nerds, we documented everything along the way and can share our experience. Good news: there wasn’t that much expensive stuff to buy, less...

Finding a New Job for Fun and Profit

Your job determines what you spend your time doing and how much you get paid. The former is important in terms of personal fulfillment, intellectual curiosity, a feeling of making a difference, and things like that. The latter determines how quickly you can achieve early retirement. For all the talk about frugality, a good income helps improve your savings rate. This means if you aren’t already financially independent you need a good job. If you...

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Hosting on Airbnb for Fun and Profit

Housing takes a big bite out of our budget, 40% of our monthly spending on average. We live in a slightly expensive area; one might think of this as a problem, but we prefer to think of it as an opportunity. Expensive housing means that people want to be there. If housing costs are being driven up by an imbalance in supply and demand (or restrictive...

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