Our Kid’s First Solo International Flight

Our Kid’s First Solo International Flight

As you may have already noticed, my family gets pretty excited about travel. My husband and I traipsed all over the globe together in our dating and just-married days, and now we’re very comfortable dragging the kids around the world with us. We’ve already started to nudge our oldest out of the Family Travel Nest. …

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Is Happiness Out of Style?

Is Happiness Out of Style?

I ask this as an honest question, because it’s seeming to me like maybe the answer is yes. I starting pondering this topic after we left a nice dinner party (full of other couples about our age and in similar stages of life) and my husband said: “I think we were the only people in …

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In Search of Cider, Pizza, and Poutine: Our Summer Travel Hacks

In Search of Cider, Pizza, and Poutine: Our Summer Travel Hacks

We were able to score the following flights for super cheap this summer (with first class tickets roundtrip on the PHX-SEA portion): In case you can’t see that image, our summer will include flights between FLG, PHX, ORD, YVR, and SEA – basically a giant triangle around the U.S. mainland with a little taste of …

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The “Cost of Living” Conundrum

The “Cost of Living” Conundrum

Wow, those last couple posts about money brought a few haters out of the woodwork! In case you missed them, I’m talking about the post sharing our family’s spending in 2018 and the post about paying off my student loans. I got a bunch of readers who were super supportive and enthusiastic, which was unexpected …

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Goodbye, Student Loans!

Goodbye, Student Loans!

In February of this year, I made some calls to the lovely folks at the Department of Education and Student Aid and confirmed that from 2005 to 2013 I took out almost $350,000 IN STUDENT LOANS! A Brief History of My Loans The exact total amount of money I borrowed for school – including tuition, …

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Our Death-Defying Feat of Driving Old 2WD Cars (and How it Saved us $66k in 5 Years)

Our Death-Defying Feat of Driving Old 2WD Cars (and How it Saved us $66k in 5 Years)

My husband and I are now on our 18th winter of driving non-fancy 2WD cars in snowy climates. Locations we’ve driven said cars during winter include most of Colorado, Chicago and other “lake effect snow” parts of the Midwest, and our current mountainous hometown, which averages 100 inches of snow per year in town (double …

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