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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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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20+ Ways to Work Less This Year

  It’s not that Greg and I don’t like to work, it’s just that we want to work on our terms, in between big chunks of time off. Since 2013 we’ve averaged just 7.8 months of employment a year, and that’s including {{{shudder}}} an entire year working full time. Side note: In that year we […]

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A Fiscally-Minded Partner

  I was working on a collection of my most sound financial advice, and trying to decide where best to begin when my fingers started typing me down a very different path. Everyone knows Greg and I don’t have any debt (you can read about our journey here) but not as many people know the […]

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Our Biggest Financial Fails (and Wins!) of 2017

  2017 was the year we Warckens got super serious about investing. I wrote about the motivation for that in my New Life Resolutions post, but the abridged version is that I witnessed my stepfather dying of pancreatic cancer and to quote myself: “… nothing, and I mean nothing will inspire you to get your […]

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70+ Easy Ways to Spend Less This Year

  I’m a firm believer that the easiest way to save money is not by making more, but by spending less. Our biggest priority is to spend less so we can travel more, which is the driving motivation for every dollar we make, save, and spend. This is a list of our favorite ways to […]

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New York City for (mostly) Free!

  I’ve written all about Southwest’s Companion Pass, and I earned mine February 2016, allowing G.Hammer to fly with me for $5.60 each way any time I fly Southwest through the end of 2017. In a nutshell, I had to earn 110,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points in one year to qualify which I did by […]

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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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New Life Resolutions

  It’s nearly the end of the year and you know what that means! Christmas? God, no, it’s time to clean up the finances! Jk, that’s been going on since January 1. This year has been full of positive changes for the Warckens, mostly wrought on by negative impacts on our lives. My stepdad died […]

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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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