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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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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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The Long Nightmare of the American Dream is Over

By     |    Sep 6, 2011
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And just like that … we’re homeless.  It’s wonderful.  Boy, real estate ownership isn’t exactly a cakewalk.  We learned some important, expensive lessons. photo credit: cdsessums | You can’t leave. Your home needs to appreciate by (at least) 10% for you to break even Yep, 10% — maybe closer to 8% in some cases.  And by “break even” I mean get the money you put in when buying your home […]

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The Best Checking Account For Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dirtbags

By     |    Mar 7, 2011
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If you travel a lot, you probably have a checking account with a large, national bank. And if you have a mortgage, chances are you have a checking account with the same bank – it is, after all, quite easy. These accounts sound like such a good deal – Premier Checking from Chase. You get interest. You’re not just some commoner off the street, you have a mortgage and the […]

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Saving Money, or, D’oh!

By     |    Oct 21, 2010
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“First we had to work to earn enough money for the trip.  Terry was all for starting at once with the twenty dollars I had left.  I didn’t like it.  And, like a damn fool, I considered the problem for two days…until my twenty dwindled to just over ten.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road Moral: plan, but don’t plan for too long.  We have a target, and we think […]

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