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Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 by Reducing Monthly Expenses

By     |    Dec 30, 2011
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This week, we created a series of posts to help you save money in 2012 to make your travel dreams a reality. Today’s is about cutting unnecessary monthly expenses.  Monthly expenses kill savings. They chip away while you’re not looking, weakening your financial strength. You should evaluate every one of your monthly expenses, but there are two easy ones to start with: cell phone bills and cable TV subscriptions. Check out […]

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Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 by Brewing Your Own Coffee

By     |    Dec 28, 2011
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This week, we created a series of posts to help you save money in 2012 to make your travel dreams a reality. Today’s is about cutting coffee costs.  When I was working in Chicago, a lot of days I would treat myself to a $2 coffee on the way to work. I didn’t like making my own because I had a normal-sized French press. It made great coffee, but it […]

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Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 at Lunch

By     |    Dec 27, 2011
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This week, we created a series of posts to help you save money in 2012 to make your travel dreams a reality. Today’s is about saving money at lunch. The first time we worked really hard to save money, our goal was buying a condo.  The second time we worked really hard to save money…well, you know all about that by now.  Each time we took a hard look at […]

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Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 with the Right Bank Accounts

By     |    Dec 26, 2011
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Christmas is over, and the new year is coming up. Resolutions will be made shortly, then ignored shortly after that. Assuming that if you read this blog, you’ll have some sort of travel more / work less resolution for 2012, Lisa and I created a series of posts this week to help you save money in 2012 and make your travel dreams a reality. But you’ve got to commit. If […]

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I Need Amps! Give Me Electricity!

By     |    Nov 29, 2011
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Amps amps amps amps amps amps amps amps amps amps :::::::::::::: AMPS! We can buy gasoline at a gas station and food at the grocery store, but what I need is electricity. I’ve got a craving for electrons I can’t kick! Give me amps, man! Amps! I need ’em! My phone eats them. Just devours them. Sucks them down like a 7-Eleven Slurpee. GPS, Facebook, email … they all need amps. […]

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Cooking Without A Kitchen

By     |    Nov 21, 2011
Posted in: Adventure How To, Food     |    6 Comments

We had hoped to create and share some amazing campstove recipes with you, but so far we’re having a tough time cooking anything but the most basic food.  Don’t worry, Moms, we are eating, but it’s the kind of food we made in college — survival food.  We’re talking pasta with sauce from a jar, “enhanced ramen” (just add veggies!), and soup from a can.  We love to cook, and […]

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The Price Of Our Freedom: The Five Fixed Costs Of Our Year-Long Road Trip

By     |    Nov 8, 2011
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We’ve talked about downsizing our possessions. Our next behind-the-scenes topic is fixed costs — the things we have to pay for every month outside of food, campgrounds, gasoline, etc.  We don’t have many.  In order of size, they are: Car Loan + Insurance: $430 per month We bought a certified pre-owned Toyota. That means we get a 100K powertrain warranty and a few other perks. And we were able to finance our loan […]

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What Did You Do With All Your Stuff? Downsizing Our Possessions.

By     |    Nov 3, 2011
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People have a lot of questions when they learn about our trip.  We’ll answer the most frequently asked and strangest ones here.  One of the first and most common things we’re asked is: What did you do with all of your stuff?  The answer is as complicated as our downsizing process was long (and painful). The first step is that we stopped buying things.  Long before we started preparing for […]

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