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It’s an “on the road” edition of the Saturday Share Day! On Wednesday, I wrote a post showing some of the travel hacks we used to make this week’s trip more affordable. It made a few readers dizzy just trying to figure out the hotel part (and I used to feel the same way!)
I’ve experimented the last few months with Raise.com (buying discounted gift cards) and BeFrugal.com (a cash-back site). I’ve saved some money with those sites (about 25%), but we’ve really saved the most money with our Southwest Companion pass and with Chase Ultimate Reward points. If you are just getting started with travel hacking, there are MANY websites that can help. We’ve been doing this for four years – and I still feel like a beginner in many ways!
I was able to catch up on some great blogs this week without having to go to work! Enjoy!
Speaking of vacations, check out Jim at Route to Retire’s plan to visit Panama. This isn’t just a vacation though! They are considering this trip to be an investment in their future because they are considering moving there too. Check out the plan (and the costs) related to the trip that may change their lives!
There were a few great real estate posts this week too. One of Finance Superhero’s side gigs is being a realtor. This week he’s sharing nine inside secrets many realtors won’t share.
Mrs Frugalwoods shared a really detailed post on how they converted their home in Cambridge, MA into a rental property. They totally scored when it came to finding a great property manager!
And Steve at Steveonomics rejects the idea of owning real estate. I agree with Steve that many people don’t understand the commitment. I’ve owned properties since I was 24, but I also started a job then that few people left until they retired. Steve makes some great points about the freedom he has as a renter.
ESI Money recently wrote a post that answered a reader’s question about lifestyle choices that went against the grain of those around you. As I read through the post, I connected with many of the choices and decisions ESI and his family have made to reach financial independence. “You will need to do the things others won’t or can’t.” So true!
Check out Mr. 1500’s passionate post from this week. It’s definitely worth a read. And it’s related to these two seemingly contradictory lines:
- You should structure your finances so that you can leave work at the earliest possibility.
- Work is the key to happiness. A life without work is hell.
Mrs. Our Next Life also wrote a great post that pushes people to think beyond FIRE. There are some great comments on the post and it is definitely something I need to think more about!
Amber Tree Leaves shifted his thinking about FIRE in his post No More FI for me. FI as a means to a wonderful end – happiness. I love the graphic he created too
And finally, if you haven’t checked out Fritz’s blog the Retirement Manifesto, you can get a two-for-one with this post! Mr. Groovy (from Freedom is Groovy) shares his financial tough guy status in a great guest post.