The Joy of Purposeful Consumption

No, I’m not talking about tuberculosis. I mean the act of consuming with a purpose. I’ve already written a post on The Joy of Purposeful Spending, but I wanted to include consumption, because consumption doesn’t just apply to spending and saving, but also eating, using, and wasting. I say a lot of things all the […]

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I Got A Job!

And we moved! And we sold the camper! Let it be known that even though ‘between jobs’ is my favorite state and I joke about living entirely off JobSpotter and MyPoints surveys, I did not intend to go this long between nursing contracts. We’ve had some great adventures- Greenland, Isle Royale, New York City, and […]

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Finding Your Financial Motivation

  I talk to a lot of people about their finances who don’t have a single plan, or oftentimes even a single goal in mind when they think about their money. They know they’re bad with it, but because they can afford their minimum payments they’ve got no motivation to improve their situation. This is […]

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It’s Okay To Talk About Money

  Agree to disagree Greg and I don’t always see eye to eye with our money, but the only time we ever argue is when one of us thinks the other is being too cheap. I don’t like to spend my hard-earned money in airport restaurants, and Greg thinks it’s okay to wear pants with […]

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The Joy of Purposeful Spending

  The inspiration for today’s post came as I was going to take our clothes out of the washer at the RV park. It’s $1.50 per load, so $3 for a wash and dry. As I pulled the six quarters out of our reused Ziploc coin purse I thought “Wait a minute, I’ll just hang […]

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Pros and Cons of Living in an RV

  Raise your hand if you agree with this statement: “The best parts of the Tulsa State Fair are cheese-on-a-stick and RV displays.” I loved going through RVs as a kid. And the storage sheds. I had the same thought every time I walked into a new one: “I could live here!” Having lived in […]

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Hiking Maunakea

  We had real trouble finding information on hiking Hawaii’s tallest mountain- Maunakea (it’s all one word now) 13,796 ft- both online and in person once we were on the Big Island. We heard/read a lot of things – you can’t hike it in winter, there’s camping at the base, there’s a hut available to […]

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A Budget Is Not A Punishment

Contrary to popular belief, a budget is not a punishment. People think adhering to a budget is scary, a hassle, inconvenient, or that they’ll have to “live like they’re poor”,  but in reality a budget is simply a tool that allows you to tell your money where to go. You get to tell your money where to […]

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Earn $0.35/gallon at Shell Stations with Chase Pay

If you have the Chase Freedom card, you already know it’s currently offering 5% cash back on gas station, internet/cable/phone services, and Chase Pay purchases. But did you know you can add your Shell Fuel Rewards number to your Chase Pay account and earn even more cash back? If you don’t have a Fuel Rewards […]

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Amex Gold or Chase Sapphire Preferred or Citi Thank You Premier?

  While we Warckens work for flight benefits, there are times when we’d like a confirmed flight, but obviously we’d rather not pay for one. With the exception of our no-annual-fee AAdvantage Aviator and annual-fee-but-lucrative-companion-fare Alaska Airlines cards, we’ve gotten rid of all our other dedicated airline credit cards in favor transferable point cards. All […]

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