Missing money, Retention bonuses, DIY updates

  There are a few things I’ve tried and recommended lately to get and keep a few more Warcken dollars in our Warcken wallets. 1. missingmoney.com. In October I suggested everyone check out missingmoney.com to see if any states you’ve ever lived in owe you cash money. Of course I did this myself, and found […]

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Annual Fees and Credit Card Retention Bonuses

  Greg and I have a lot of credit cards, and most of them have annual fees. Some are a necessary evil for benefits the cards provide, and some annual fees actually pay for themselves. Depending on the card and its benefits, we’ll call when the annual fee is due and ‘threaten to cancel’ unless […]

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Greenland

When we were in Iceland last summer I saw ads for Air Iceland Connect with service to multiple destinations in Greenland and I thought “Boy, that sure sounds like a good time.” Then after we had such a great time on our Laugavegur and Tour du Mont Blanc hikes I started searching for other long-distance hut […]

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Tour du Mont Blanc

G.Hammer and I were married August 10, 2013, and spent our honeymoon backpacking through Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, then climbing Montana’s highest mountain, Granite Peak. We agreed then we should be in the backcountry for all our anniversaries, too. In 2014 we were backpacking in Glacier National Park and Greg surprised me by packing in his […]

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Cincinnati, Chicago Cubs, and Cheap Travel

  People tell us all the time “I wish I could just travel” or “You guys are living the dream”. #1 We’ve made it our priority, and #2 That’s true. While it isn’t always dolphin rides and face painting, we are living our dream. I can’t help but feel that a lot of people out […]

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Amex Offers & Benefits

  Look, everyone knows G and I like free stuff. Everyone knows we like credit cards. And everyone knows we love combining the two. Like, did you know Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders can visit over 150 museums for free the first weekend of every month? American Express offers lots […]

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Chicago: A Tale of Two Munchkins, part three

  Be sure to check out parts one and two first! The kids provided us a great day, but the weather was questionable for our third day in the city so we gave them the choice of the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum of Natural History, or the Shedd Aquarium. They chose […]

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Chicago: A Tale of Two Munchkins, part two

In case you missed it, here’s part one. We turned (some) control over the kids and let them decide what we would do our second day, and gave them options to choose from. Mason claimed (falsely) he’d never been to a zoo before so we opted to take the bus to Lincoln Park Zoo, which […]

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Chicago: A Tale of Two Munchkins, part one

If you’re lucky enough to have nieces and nephews, you’re lucky enough. You might say Greg and I are some of the most fortunate people on the planet as we have a whopping twenty, with two more on the way. Our siblings have produced tomboys and girly girls, athletes and gamers, sweet angels and little […]

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Lizard Head Loop: Valentine Lake to Big Sandy Trailhead

Be sure to check out Parts One and Two first!   Day 5: Valentine Lake to Hooker Valley, 6.0 miles We seemed to have hit the jackpot with weather in the Winds. We met several groups of hikers who told us this was the best time to be there, just after school started and before […]

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