When In Rome, PAY As The Romans Do

We are traveling in Scotland this morning, so just a quick post on the personal finance of traveling. Like most people, we charge almost everything we can when we travel. We keep a small amount of cash for small expenses, but otherwise charge away. One of the questions you inevitably get when you are paying…

No Vacation Nation?

My wife and I are on vacation in Great Britain this week. She read in the newspaper that the average English government worker gets 28 days of vacation a year.  Almost a month! While that seems like a huge amount relative to the United States, the below chart shows how many average hours are worked…

What’s In Your Wallet – Cash?

We went to the Minnesota State Fair about a week ago and enjoyed all of the greasy food, unique exhibits, and saw Stevie Nicks in concert.  Our State Fair, which lasts for 12 days, is the second biggest fair in the United States with attendance of almost 2 million people.  One thing the fair excels…

FIRE Travel – Chicago, City of Big Shoulders

Chicago, Illinois is known as the “City of Big Shoulders”.  While it is in the middle of the introverted American midwest – it thinks big and carries itself as a hardworking blue-collar city.  Little cultural pretense, yet world class sights and amenities. We’ve been to Chicago many times but hadn’t been there on a family…

Summer’s Over – Back to Work

Labor Day weekend brings an end to summertime and a return to work and school. While this is the second start to Autumn in which I’ve enjoyed having no job, I definitely can still relate to the ridiculousness that happens in the workplace. Instead of giving you a post this morning, I thought I would…

FIRE Station Fun – Back To Campus

We dropped our son off at college yesterday to start his sophomore year.  Naturally, I am reflective this morning about him and his adventures.   He really had a productive summer.  He worked part-time at a retail store and took three summer classes to get ahead on his Bachelor’s degree.  My wife an I were astounded…