Car Shopping – Patience Pays

It’s been almost a year since I published this POST about shopping for our next SUV and our “7 rules” to maximize our purchase. Just today, I am finally signing the papers on our next set of wheels. After a few stops & starts, I finally got serious about finding our next SUV last month…

FIRE Advice for New Graduates

This past week, I had the chance to host a table at a ‘New Alumni Breakfast’ with 170 graduating seniors at the same high school I graduated from back in the 1980s. My son also graduated from there a couple years ago and I got asked to be involved in the Alumni Association when I…

Taken To The Cleaners With Car Washes?

I’ve written several times about luxury cars being a guilty pleasure of ours. I’ve also written about my aversion to subscription-based payment schemes. So why am I so delighted with our monthly car wash subscription at the local gas station? Our monthly car wash subscription costs $30. That’s the equivalent of 2.7 ‘Works’ washes at…

The World of Self Storage Garages

If there was ever a poster child for modern society’s affluenza of over-consumption, it would have to be self storage garages, right? People have SO much stuff that they can’t fit it into their homes – despite the average living space doubling over the last 40 years. A friend and I met for lunch recently…

Super Bowl Indulgence & Everyday Frugality

We made it to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis yesterday and the experience was absolutely electric. Having the NFL’s biggest event hosted in your own hometown is an incredible experience and we enjoyed all of the week’s activities – concerts, exhibits, celebrity sightings, and the big game itself (which USA Today is calling the best…

Car Insurance Rising Fast

Our son headed back to college this weekend – ending our ‘No Responsibility January’ – and starting his Spring Semester.  Among other things, this means we need to call our insurance agent this morning and take the car insurance off the vehicle that he drives when he is home.  Car insurance runs about $900 annually…