I Wouldn’t Buy Our Wedding Rings Again

and other thoughts on minimalism and frugality

5 years ago the center stone of my wedding ring fell out. We added that expense to our list of “things to buy when we can afford it.” I suppose we could afford to replace the stone today, as we have $50,000 in our checking accounts. But I never have. Partly frugality. Partly minimalism. Mostly, my […]

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Saying Goodbye

And things left undone.

This week we are in Nebraska, to say goodbye to Mr. Montana’s mom. We had planned a trip later in the fall, but it looked like we didn’t have that much time. So we packed up in a day and drove 4 days straight to get here. We had a chance to say our goodbyes. […]

Create Your Own Dream A La Carte Price List

If you want to spend two weeks traveling or experience a 2-year Mini-Retirement, creating an a la carte price list for that experience is the perfect way to start planning. It provides the motivation you need to increase your income or saving rates. As well as the clarity that will help you start preparing. How to Create […]

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Money Mentoring Question: What is your “Ideal Day”?

I wanted to create a new series to help you DIY your own money mentoring process with these Mentoring Tools. It all starts with good questions. Most great mentors are great because 1. They “show up” in a meaningful way (focused on your goals, your situation, to help encourage you to make progress). And 2. […]

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Buying a Lifestyle

I’ve been trying to unplug more this week at the beach. So instead of curling up in bed and watching Netflix for an hour before bed, I headed out for a walk down the beach. On the Washington coast the dense forest pushes right up against the ocean. There was nice path through the towering […]

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