Why We Believe the 15-Hour Work Week is Just a Pipe Dream

Back in 1930 John Maynard Keynes wrote an essay called Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren, where he made the prediction that his grandchildren would have a 15-hour work week.  Keynes based this conclusion solely on productivity, which he expected would grow exponentially over the coming years. But instead of witnessing a reduction in the number … Continue reading Why We Believe the 15-Hour Work Week is Just a Pipe Dream

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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

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

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”

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

What We’ve Learned From Our First Month Of Blogging

One of the primary reasons why we decided to start this blog was so we could document our journey to financial independence. We wanted to share a piece of ourselves, and also have a place where we can go to reflect on both our challenges and our achievements. Now that we have been blogging for a … Continue reading What We’ve Learned From Our First Month Of Blogging

The Middle Age Weight Creep and Why A Healthy Body Equals A Healthy Retirement

Time for an Escapadian confession. We are now victims of the middle age weight creep! There. We said it. Now that we have shared this new reality with all of you, please allow me to explain how we arrived at this unfortunate conclusion. A few days ago I was trying on last year's summer clothing. … Continue reading The Middle Age Weight Creep and Why A Healthy Body Equals A Healthy Retirement

A Computer Melee And Why Quality Matters

Why no blog posts this past month on Our Frugal Escapades? The reason is computer trouble of epic proportions! EPIC! I literally went through three computers, yes...THREE before I finally found a winner. One thing is for certain, I learned a hard lesson in frugality. The Death Of Mr. HP Problem #1: The slow death … Continue reading A Computer Melee And Why Quality Matters