Frugality

The Free Housing Experiment

This is the house we bought

The first apartment we lived in together was affordable. For $500/month we had a one bedroom apartment, walking distance from campus and downtown with free heat and garbage! I had hunted high and low, and found this treasure on Craigslist for $200 under the going rate. I also was able to convince two of my […]

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Frugality

How to Save on Groceries this Month

Groceries can be so expensive and everyone who wants to save money needs to buy them. Two easy ways to save on groceries this month are: Only eat at restaurants Growing all your own food The first option wouldn’t be very frugal! And the second one would have required some planning and A LOT of […]

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Happiness Savings

Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear

Fear too often guides decision making and keeps people from reaching their goals. Overcoming fear is a constant challenge, but will typically lead to greater happiness. Today’s political landscape highlights how fear is leading decision making, which breeds further fear. Education, meeting other people, and getting out of your comfort zone is critical to overcoming […]

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Activities Frugality Garden Happiness

10 Free or Frugal Fall Activities

10 Free or Frugal Fall Activities

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my disclaimer page for more information.   The start of September and cooler temperatures have me excited for fall. We are very frugal and have unapologetically cut our expenses, but that doesn’t mean we’ve eliminated fun or time with friends. We’ve just shaped our lives a little […]

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Activities Frugality Mr. Kiwi

It Ain’t Easy Being Green

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_waste#/media/File:Four_Hills_Landfill.jpg

(This is the first post on the blog written by Mr. Kiwi, enjoy!)   Remember Oscar the Grouch?     Well, I really liked Oscar the Grouch. I wanted to grow up to be a garbageman (I was three at the time. It seemed like a promising career option and came with unrestricted access to […]

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Frugality Savings Work

Our FIRE Date

For writing about financial independence I sure haven’t spent a lot of time actually talking about the numbers, dates, and logistical aspects. There are lots of other bloggers who have gone down the IRS wormhole and figured out optimization. Since I like using the resources available to me, I have not recreated the wheel. Instead, […]

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Frugality Monthly Spending Savings

August Expense Report – A Trip Up North, Bachelor Party and Trip to Colorado

Sunday morning and the living's easy

August was a busy month for our pack and the expense report shows it! First, we headed up north to visit a good friend  in town from California! We drank wine, beer, Bloody Mary’s, and hung out on the water. It was great catching up and enjoying Michigan’s lakes in the summer. We took a […]

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Health

Healthy Habits for Financial Independence and my Future

Engagement Day

Reaching FIRE isn’t very helpful if I am not overall a healthy person. As I’ve previously described I’ve struggled with being obese for my entire life. Habits made while young are tough to break, but excuses demand a face-punch. Throughout 2017 I have been working to develop more healthy habits. Mr. Kiwi has been an […]

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Frugality

Frugal Finds

Who would throw this out?

I’m always amazed by the awesome things that people throw out or donate! But it especially peeves me when perfectly good and usable items end up in the garbage or recycling center. Thus, Mr. Kiwi and I always keep our eyes pealed and are on the hunt for frugal finds! We live within ten minutes […]

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