Early Retirement Ahead

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Layoffs Are Not Fun

Having been laid off twice in my adult life, I can clearly say they are not fun. In fact, they can be downright scary.  I have decided to share a part of my past that was previously something I was somewhat embarrassed about.  Now that I look back, the first...

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Amazon Prime- Again

On 9/25/15, I signed up for Amazon Prime, again (note: that link will get you a 30 day free trial).  A few months ago, I wrote about how I was letting my Amazon Prime membership lapse after several years.  It was a decision based on perceived value and I haven’t...

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ERA Anniversary

Well, I actually made it a year blogging.  My first real post went live 8/16/2014 to a resounding chorus of crickets.  I did not post nearly as often as my peers, only 41 posts, but I enjoyed the journey none the less.  While it didn’t seem like much at the...

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The Homemade Laundry Soap Experiment

I am not super frugal, but I do like reading about all of the interesting things people do to save money.  To me it all boils down to prioritizing the things in your life that you truly enjoy.  For some the appeal of increasing their savings rate trumps everything else. ...

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Obsessing Over Travel Reward Points

I realized something recently after I earned our latest bonus on some IHG cards.  I enjoy collecting all of the hotel/airline/credit card rewards, but I am afraid to spend them.  What if I don’t get enough value?  What if I run out?  That was when I realized I might have...