Browsing Category : Frugality

Well That Wasn’t What I Was Expecting


Ahh travel… We have a saying in this house. No one remembers when things go exactly as to plan. I mean seriously, who likes a travel story  that goes like this: We showed up and breezed through security.  Then we boarded a flight that was completely uneventful and comfortable.  Then we got to our destination, and the hotel was exactly…

Staying in Shape Without a Fancy Gym Membership


Changes on the Path the FI   Since starting on the path to financial independence, there have been a lot of changes in the waffle household. Fortunately for you, most of these changes I have already written about. These changes include how I: reduced my phone bill learned to compost started decluttering cut back on my carbon footprint started a…

From Renting to ‘Rents and Back (Part 2)


In my last post I set the stage for how Mr.Wow and I decided to move back in with my parents. Today I’m going to hash out how it went and what the take-aways were.  I think it is also time for a change from Mr. Wow’s dense and lengthy informative small business series to something (hopefully) a little more amusing. …

Rethinking the Thought That Counts


The holidays are upon us.  There are decorations in the stores, holiday music on the radio and ads popping up around every corner telling you what you need in order to have a memorable holiday. The further I get down the rabbit hole of financial independence and frugality, the further away I get from materialism and consumer goods. And if…

Mother’s Day Special: Helping My Mom Save Money


Let’s be honest, if you are reading this, you’ve probably come across some great ways to cut back on spending and save some serious cash.  I’m sure you’ve already implemented many things within your daily life to accomplish this.  There are many major ways to get your finances in order that take time and knowledge in order to complete.  However, there…

Why Early Retirement Makes You an A**hole


It’s really amazing the vitriol that the FIRE community generates when they are exposed to the main population. That’s impossible, You can’t do that! You’re a bum! Must be nice to be a filthy rich spoiled brat! All of us in this community tend to reply: Hey, it’s not that hard, you just have to want it and make it…

The iPhone and My Ignorance


There’s a certain amount of trepidation that comes with experiencing the unknown.  Whether it’s walking into a party and not knowing anyone, or trying out a new skill, everyone has self-doubt. Enter The Interns Mrs. Wow has a profession where she mentors a lot of interns.  She loves teaching them the ropes of the profession and giving them sage financial advice.…