Tax Change Woes and Why Tax Refunds Are Overrated Anyway

On ABC News yesterday morning a report came out that some people were angry over their shrinking tax refunds. And it was also reported that others were outraged because they had to unexpectedly pony up extra cash to pay Uncle Sam. I was surprised by this and have some thoughts on the matter that I'd … Continue reading Tax Change Woes and Why Tax Refunds Are Overrated Anyway

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April 2018 Progress Report and an EPIC Comic Book Store Mission Accomplished!

April was a comicpalooza of epic proportions, I tell you! Mostly because Mr. FE, a self-proclaimed comic book historian (yes, it's a thing), set out on a mission to visit 100 comic book stores. He had already reached 98, so with only 2 more comic book stores to go as of April, we headed off … Continue reading April 2018 Progress Report and an EPIC Comic Book Store Mission Accomplished!

Our Frugal Philosophy: Why We’re Okay With Being “Just Average”

Let's set the record straight. We are not millennials. Neither of us earn super-high salaries. We share no ambition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro nor do we wish to create our own empire. We are just two average Gen Xers looking to retire by the age of 55. And what we desire is simple: Financial Independence We … Continue reading Our Frugal Philosophy: Why We’re Okay With Being “Just Average”

March 2018 Progress Report: 1896 Fire-Boxes, Trade Wars, Income Reveal, and a Bunch of Other Nonsense

Easter is now behind us and I hope you all had an enjoyable day. We had some family over and I spent the day cooking a frugally delicious feast. We had orange glazed ham, honey glazed carrots, and a mixed green salad with goat cheese, fresh raspberries and glazed pecans. I also made Mr. FE's … Continue reading March 2018 Progress Report: 1896 Fire-Boxes, Trade Wars, Income Reveal, and a Bunch of Other Nonsense

Thoughts on the Meet the Frugalwoods Book and Why Transparency Matters

Post updated on 2-12-19. When Elizabeth Thames released her new book Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by Elizabeth Thames. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! I've been a regular subscriber to the Frugalwoods blog for a couple of years now, and I'm always eager to learn new and excited tips … Continue reading Thoughts on the Meet the Frugalwoods Book and Why Transparency Matters

What Financial Independence Means To Us

The standard definition of financial independence is to have sufficient personal wealth to live off of, without the need to work in order to cover ones expenses. In other words, in order to achieve financial independence, your assets will need to generate an income that is greater than your expenses. But what does financial independence … Continue reading What Financial Independence Means To Us

When Life Gives You Lemons

Most of us have heard the aphorism "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade". Well, it's now time for us to make some lemonade. Last Friday I lost my job and was among 120+ others who lost their jobs as well. This happened because the parent company I had worked for was acquired by another … Continue reading When Life Gives You Lemons

Coffee Pod Armageddon And The Perfect Frugal Brew

Last Christmas we received our very first pod coffee maker as a gift from my parents. It looked beautiful all shiny and black, and when we took it out of the box, several cute little round coffee pods spilled out with it. Back then I was a newbie in the world of frugality, and I … Continue reading Coffee Pod Armageddon And The Perfect Frugal Brew