Health Savings

How we Saved 33% off our Grocery Bill

Food!

Groceries have always been a challenge to the budget and waistline for me. Although the grocery budget seems like low hanging fruit when you start looking for ways to save money, I ignored this line item for the first year in my FIRE journey. Food has caused health challenges in the past, and I’ve been […]

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Health

My Mustachian Fail! How your Weight can get in the Way Financial Independence

Risk and money vs risk and real life are totally different things

This is the first post I have for my planned series of Mustachian Fails. You can definitely assume that our house has more than just one Mustachian Fail, including owning two clown cars. I’ve struggled with my weight and food my whole life. I know what choices are best for me, but I am an […]

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Happiness Hustle Work

The Hunt for the IRA Funding Side Hustle

Frugal Fall Activies

To take back my life I need to come up with a good plan. I definitely don’t want to be limited to 23 days off per year and working 40 hours each week. I have skills as a civil engineer, unfortunately these skills don’t translate immediately into an engineering consulting side hustle due to my […]

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Savings

Frugal Date – A Saturday Out Saving on the Sly

Most downtown areas have some free or cheap parking

So this past weekend, it really sunk in that we hack our ways to savings and frugal dates in ways that other people don’t even realize. A group of friends of ours were meeting up for dinner, drinks, and a rally downtown. Free rally? Sign us up. Dinner and drinks? We can hack that to […]

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Happiness

How Did we Decide to Seek Financial Independence/Early Retirement (FIRE)?

Once, I started working full time, we bought the two cars, and the house, and then I tried to search for advice on savings/investing online, but never found anything too helpful. Luckily I made many wonderful and intelligent friends in college. While at a small birthday get together we got on the topic of investing, […]

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Happiness

Simply Engineered

Simply engineered was the original planned title for the blog, but we decided to go a more fun route naming it after a favorite food (who doesn’t like food?) and dog/place (sorry Mara, we love you too!). Simply engineered is the theme of our lives 🙂 Simply engineered is a good motto for how we […]

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Happiness

Striving for Sanity in an Incompatible World

Chronic pain and personal finance

The challenge of daily work when it doesn’t align with your values is daunting. I’ve struggled for as long as I can remember with the prospects of working an 8-5. I thrive with time for reflection and creativity, which the modern workplace typically stifles. Finding Purpose When Work Doesn’t Provide It People get credit for […]

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Savings

How to Save 50% of your Income on a Grad Student Salary

walking to work to save money by walking

I graduated college at the tail end of the Great Recession, and job prospects weren’t great. I also was reluctant to join the 8-5ers (I wonder if that’s true for most people seeking FI). Thus, I decided that grad school was the right path for me, and my then boyfriend (now husband) had conveniently chosen […]

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Happiness

How to Find Happiness by Ignoring the Joneses and Focusing on the Namaste

I know that I need something more. The burden of working the monotonous, repetitive, 8-5 lifestyle is dragging me down. I’m hoping this blog helps me as I stumble through life with a renewed focus on within. While I have a lot of growing to still do, I’ve realized that frugality, simplicity, yoga, nature, food, […]

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Happiness

Kiwi and Keweenaw Enters the Internet World

Emergency Fund

Hi Internet strangers! I’m Mrs. Kiwi. My pack is on the path to FIRE (financial independence, early retirement) with a focus on simple living and happiness. Something that Mr. Kiwi and I are still working through…we’re not perfect! Our other pack members (our dogs Keweenaw and Mara) seem to have this whole happiness thing figured […]

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