We are blessed to be able to live a comfortable lifestyle in early retirement, by almost anyone’s standards. Our son thinks we are sometimes too frugal, but we’ve enjoyed many vacations, entertainment experiences, and everyday luxuries over the last 4 years. In general, our spending is still in line or even slightly below what we planned for our FIRE escape. Still, like most people, we … Continue reading What Are You Wasting Money on?
One of the highlights of our trip to Europe this month is our stop at the BMW Museum in Munich. Since I early retired, I spend more and more time goofing off with cars and I love seeing the shiny steel, chrome, & rubber on display at a place like this. Even the historic cars are kept in pristine condition. At home, our own cars … Continue reading Museum Quality Car Time
I recently had my SUV in the shop for some warranty work and they gave me a small sport sedan as a ‘loaner’ car for the morning. My SUV isn’t huge – and we use it as our family hauler – but I wondered out loud how much better a smaller vehicle might be for gas mileage. The technician added, “for the environment, too”. Here’s … Continue reading The Added Everyday Costs Of Driving An SUV
We have had a BAD run of luck when it comes to car repairs this year. In the last 90 days, we have tallied close to $5,250 on our highly-engineered, but aging SUV and Sedan. They are nice models – a 2011 BMW X5 and a 2012 Mercedes 300C – but now that they have celebrated their 6th and 5th birthdays, they are heading to … Continue reading The Cost Of Keeping Cars Grows More Visible As Time Goes On