Author Archives: Steve Traylen
When we were travelling a lot we didn’t have pets. We always felt like the kids were missing out, but the practicality of moving every couple of years meant that it would be unfair on animals to move them as … Continue reading
One of the biggest issues with not having a 9-5 job is that you immediately lose access to a a large social circle. Typically in a work group the people you interact with will provide a diverse pot of opinions, … Continue reading
Money for God’s sake (a little 10cc there for our older readers). One of Portland’s odditys (who knew this town had odditys?) is the annual Arts Tax. This is a $35 tax levied on all adults in order to fund … Continue reading
Introducing kids to money sensibly and responsibly I think is an important part of any family’s DNA. Natural instinct is for kids to have anything they want and to shower them with gifts and presents, however it is also important … Continue reading
February was a crazy month. At one point the major markets were all down over 10%, which is an official correction. Things picked up a bit at the end of the month (although March has not started out well), but … Continue reading
Cooking for yourself is one of the best ways of saving money. A lot of people eat out multiple times a week which with a family of 4 can be very expensive, a minimum of $40-$50 a meal if you … Continue reading
I did our taxes yesterday. Let me be honest I enjoy doing our taxes, it’s the one time during the year when I can effectively do a “State of the Union” for our finances. This was more critical before we … Continue reading
For the frugal family on a budget, vacations are one of the trickiest things to balance. On the one hand it’s important to expose the children to different cultures and experiences. However it is also a potentially expensive proposition.
So the “R” in FIRE stands for Retire, but what actually does retire mean. To different people it can mean different things from stopping working all together to having the time to pursue any passion projects or jobs you are … Continue reading
When we moved to Portland, one of the things we were adamant about was that we weren’t going to carry a cable contract. Cable is expensive and it also comes with long term contracts.