Our February 2017 Expense Report, Bonus Time, A Boost From Uncle Sam, And A Recipe For Mr. FE’s Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Cookies!

The month of February treated us well where we were able to briefly escape the doldrums of winter and enjoy some unseasonably warm weather. Unfortunately, this short burst of spring-like weather won't last long where there is a nor'easter coming our way. Time to get the shovels back out. Snowmageddon here we come! February's Awesome Bull Run … Continue reading Our February 2017 Expense Report, Bonus Time, A Boost From Uncle Sam, And A Recipe For Mr. FE’s Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Cookies!

Our January 2017 Expense Report, Plus Why We Took A Break From Blogging

We must begin by saying just how phenomenal it was to have the first month of 2017 fly by us without a hitch! Despite a shocking $4258.32 medical expense we had to face, we still had a stupendous month in spirit and in health, and look forward to making some financial progress in February. Needless … Continue reading Our January 2017 Expense Report, Plus Why We Took A Break From Blogging

A Story Of One Man’s Extreme Generosity And Questions On Frugality (plus, a readers poll!)

This past week,  I (Mrs. FE) was catching up on some reading and had come across this truly remarkable story about a great philanthropist. Although the story was released in September of last year, I felt compelled to share my thoughts about it today because it left such a huge and lasting impact. The story, which … Continue reading A Story Of One Man’s Extreme Generosity And Questions On Frugality (plus, a readers poll!)

Why We Quit Making New Year’s Resolutions And Learned To Embrace Failure

Both Mr. FE and I have failed miserably at keeping New Year's resolutions, and we now understand that these frivolous attempts at making New Year's resolutions are a complete waste of our time and energy. Could it be that we are just a couple of flunkies who would much rather admit defeat and submit to … Continue reading Why We Quit Making New Year’s Resolutions And Learned To Embrace Failure

How Success Keeps Us Trapped And Our Great Mind Shift

Growing up along the 128 beltway, we were surrounded by the epitome of success. Our paths were seemingly predetermined, and we never once thought that there could be an alternative to how we should live out our destiny. We were expected to follow suit in our mission to be successful, and had falsely believed that the map … Continue reading How Success Keeps Us Trapped And Our Great Mind Shift

Resisting Cheap And Our First Test In Frugality

As we confessed in our post Frugality Is A Choice, Not A Punishment, we were not always frugal. In fact, some might even say that we were the complete opposite of frugal. To us, frugality was associated with being cheap, and neither one of us desired being labeled as cheap. Just the word "cheap" implied that we … Continue reading Resisting Cheap And Our First Test In Frugality

Deciding If We Should Become Landlords: Part 3, The Final Decision

The Cons: In our previous post "Deciding If We Should Become Landlords: Part 2"  we took a look at the potential benefits of becoming landlords. We touched briefly upon the freedoms we may gain both financially and personally, and spent a little time imagining our future possibilities. However, upon further examination we are still not convinced … Continue reading Deciding If We Should Become Landlords: Part 3, The Final Decision

Deciding If We Should Become Landlords: Part 2

 The Pros: In "Deciding If We Should Become Landlords: Part 1", we examined whether or not we could conceivably become landlords and assessed the marketability of our property. After careful self-analysis, we concluded that our property does indeed have the potential to become a rental property. However, neither of us know much about the current rental … Continue reading Deciding If We Should Become Landlords: Part 2

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

The Frugal Escapades Financial Management Plan

Mr. FE and I realize that by following the traditional financial protocol (think like the masses), our plan to achieve early retirement may very well elude us, therefore, our financial plan needs to be far different. Epic, I tell you! Especially if we plan to hack early retirement before the age of 67 1/2. However, … Continue reading The Frugal Escapades Financial Management Plan