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Moving Abroad with Family: Our New Life in San Ramón, Costa Rica

What is it really like to move your family to a foreign country? What does it take to leave your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors for any amount of time longer than a typical 1 – 2 week vacation? Where do you go? How do you find a place to live? What does it feel like once you get there? How do you establish a new normal? I don’t know what it was/will/would be like for you and your family, but I can share what it has been like for ours.

The 7 Ways to Escape the Rat Race

Rat race (noun, an Americanism dating back to...

What I Wish I Could Have Said on PBS NewsHour

We had the honor of participating in a story on PBS NewsHour with Mr. Money Mustache. Also featured were Mark & Sina Ebersole and Michelle Jackson, all of whom Michael met through his time at the MMM Headquarters. Click to...

Northwest Road Trip Recap: Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, and Back!

Last summer, we bought an old RV for $12,000 so we could take a month long road trip to the Pacific Northwest. This summer, we sold that RV for $14,000. I’ll share more details about the RV itself next week, but the trip was a big one for us so we wanted to recap that...

FinCon 2018 Recap, or How Carl Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Busch Beer

I returned home this week from FinCon 2018, the grand finale of my busiest month in recent years. Even though I’m eager to get back to my wonderful everyday family man life, I gave myself permission to take a mental health break for my first day and a half back home....
The 7 Ways to Escape the Rat Race

The 7 Ways to Escape the Rat Race

This post may contain “affiliate links”. This means if you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Read this disclosure for more info.  Rat race (noun, an Americanism dating back to 1935-1940):  “any...
Feeling Stuck? Find Purpose in Service.

Feeling Stuck? Find Purpose in Service.

In this recent article on Get Rich Slowly, J.D. explored the topic of using positive reinforcement to foster smart money habits. He began it with something of a confession: While many of his articles take a few hours to produce, he had drafted the above article...
Introducing FI Clubs

Introducing FI Clubs

At last year’s FinCon in Dallas, I got the chance to meet and talk with fellow MMM HQ Patron, Sean Merron, co-host of the 2 Frugal Dudes podcast. We quickly realized we shared a background in community organizing. Not only did Sean have years of experience running...
Adventure is Out There!

Adventure is Out There!

When Ellen and I sit down to list our values, travel always makes our respective lists. Before we met, we both studied abroad in college. When we finally crossed paths at age 23, we met in Mexico where we were both spending several months to further our Spanish...
FinCon17 Review: The Woodstock of Personal Finance

FinCon17 Review: The Woodstock of Personal Finance

At around the time we started our blog this spring, Ellen and I ran into an article about FinCon, a 4 day personal finance conference. When we saw that FinCon17 was going to be in Dallas in October, it seemed like a good year to check it out. We likely would have been...

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