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Traveling Costa Rica with Young Kids: The Good, The Bad, and the Monkeys

Right. So THIS is why some people don't enjoy traveling with little kids. I've had that thought a lot over the past couple of months. Because we have been traveling A LOT. With little kids (3 and 4.5 yrs. old). As I explained in my previous post, there were...

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...
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...
What I Wish I Could Have Said on PBS NewsHour

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 watch our PBS NewsHour segment Over the...
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...
From IT Pros to Retired World Travelers

From IT Pros to Retired World Travelers

Teresa (49), Michael (42), and their young son are currently living in Cuenca, Ecuador. They’re financially independent, retired early, learning Spanish, and generally enjoying the life of their choosing. They are ordinary people living a seemingly extraordinary life....
Quitting My Job Saved Us Thousands

Quitting My Job Saved Us Thousands

I loved my job. I really did. But I’m so glad I quit. There are several reasons I decided to do so. The biggest and most compelling reason was because we were moving to Colorado and having a second child. If those two factors had not been a piece of the larger puzzle,...
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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