Water – It’s Expensive

Of our monthly bills our water/sewer bill is the largest. Typically it runs about $150 a month, however it is billed quarterly so this means we get a hit of close to $500 every 3 months!

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Blue Apron – How is This a Thing?

Last week we received a mysterious package. It turned out to be a box from Blue Apron, i’m unsure exactly why we got it, but it was addressed to the previous owners of our house. I think that maybe they had previously been subscribers, and maybe this was a free box to get them to come back. Anyway, there wasn’t much we could do as the previous owners live in a¬† different state. So we got a free box.

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Family Objectives Q1 Update

At the start of the year I set out some objectives for the year which would help to keep us on track for the year. I promised to give an update on these once per quarter, so here is the Q1 update.

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March Financial Update

So just like that we are now a quarter of the way through the year. Although January was great for the markets, the retreats in February and March has pulled everything pretty much back to flat (or worse) for the year.

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My First Half Marathon

On Saturday I will be running my first half marathon. I have been running on and off for about ten years but it was only recently that I became more organized and decided to push myself further.

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The Delights of Estimated Tax

As you know we moved to Oregon the middle of last year and had no W2 income in the state, our entire income was based on dividends and some capital gains from our portfolio, the majority of which was distributed at year end.

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Ten Things We Can Do Now, That We Couldn’t Before

One of the best things about FI and not working is the amount of time that is now available. In fact we wonder how we got *anything* done when we were working. I guess we just got most of our chores done at the weekend. Apart from the required activities there are now a lot of things we can do now that we simply never had time for before.

Here are ten of them.

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More Vacation Planning

A few weeks ago I wrote about our vacation planning in broad strokes. Last week we did some more planing for our trip to the UK.

Although we will be going for 3 weeks, half the time we will be spending with my mother, so there are no great expenses there. For the other half we will be doing some travelling around. We always like to do some travelling each time we go over, the kids like to see different parts of the country and it’s good to have them connect with their heritage.

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Pets Are Family Too

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 well. As recent events have shown flying with animals has inherent risks.

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The Social Network

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, interests and thoughts. It’s likely they will take you out of the bubble of your usual friend circle.

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