Last week, I was contemplating a purchase. The windshield washer pump in our old Honda Element had died. Here is what I did:Looked up the price of the part online. Yay, only $13!Looked up the repair process on YouTube. Opposite of yay; it looks like a pain in the ass.Called a local repair place to get a quote: Between $200 and $300. Ugggh!Watched the YouTube video again. … [Read more...] about It Was Never About Frugality
At the age of 45, I'm healthier than I've been in decades. My weight is about 155, a two-decade low. Yesterday I ran a 5k faster than I've ever run one before. It's all because of FIRE.About The Time A Friend Said FIRE Would Kill MeWhen I first discovered FIRE way back in 2012, I embraced it almost immediately. I say "almost" because I thought Mr. Money Mustache was … [Read more...] about Fitness, Frugality, and FIRE
I had this conversation with Mrs. 1500 on Saturday:Me: Why do we have a million boxes of cereal? Mrs. 1500: When I see it on sale, I stock up. Me: But we don't have a huge kitchen. We should just buy what we need for the next couple of weeks. I don't care if it costs more. Mrs. 1500:Mrs. 1500 note [after she saw this image]: "You're sleeping on the couch … [Read more...] about Ask the Readers: Frugality versus Minimalism
If you think money is the goal of us FI bloggers, you'd be wrong. Well, I concede that there may be some of us who have a shallow goal, like accumulating a certain amount of money in a certain amount of days. ***looks in mirror, shakes head, sighs*** On the surface, money is the goal. But deep down, living right is really what we're trying to accomplish.And Ms. Montana is … [Read more...] about Living Right with Montana Money Adventures
Hi there, Mrs. 1500 back to recap last week's question, How much do you spend on haircuts? If you recall, I got an amazing haircut, but I paid a lot for it. Mr. 1500 was surprised at the cost, and I asked you for your opinion. (I'll pass the baton to Mr. 1500 for today's question after our review.)Many of you agreed that $152 isn't all that much for a really great cut, and … [Read more...] about Ask the Readers: Is Early Retirement an All or Nothing Proposition?