Reader Case: Can This Chicagoan Retire by 45?

It’s Friday and you know what that means! Time for another Reader Case. This week I’m writing from the Netherlands, where after coming down from the high of Chautauqua, we decided to stay with a friend for a week and play with her adorable kids. One thing I’ve noticed about kids is that they have a tendency to suck you into a vortex with their adorableness. Even though I was only there for a week, it took a bit of time to come back to the real world and be my productive self again. Despite not being as productive, I […]

Confessions of a Former Purse Addict

Last Wednesday, Wanderer wrote an article about forgiving yourself, and in the spirit of confessing past sins, I’m going to tell you about one of my own (and no, it’s not hot naked lesbian orgies. Why does everyone keep assuming that?) You see, I wasn’t always this spread sheet-loving, super-disciplined Budget Nazi. My ability to hoard money like Fat Albert hoards cake developed out of necessity because I grew up poor, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have any money skeletons in my closet. In fact, back in 2010, right after Wanderer and I got married, right after I got […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Oaxaca: The Chiang Mai of Mexico

“What’s your favourite city in the world?” We get asked this question a lot. And after travelling to over 30 countries, you’d think we have trouble just narrowing down a favourite country, never mind a favourite city. But in my case, it was easy. “Chiang Mai, Thailand.” I’m not sure if it’s the adorable elephants, the highly-skilled masseuses, the more-addictive-than-crack food, or the soft-spoken, always-smiling, Thai people, but of all the places we’ve travelled to, Chiang Mai keeps pulling us back. So when we went to Mexico, I immediately started looking for a place that oozed the Chiang Mai charm. […]

Chautauqua UK: The Greatest Week of Our Lives

We just got back from Chautauqua UK, and let me tell you, this post is NOT easy to write. Because honestly, how does one whittle down a life-changing experience into 1000 words or less? But I guess since we’re supposed to be writers, I have to at least give it a try. So here goes. Before we went to Chautauqua, we called it a “super-villain plot-hatching retreat” because, c’mon, how else can you describe a secret meeting of millionaires in a secretive British manor to hatch a plan for world domination? But now, having experienced Chautauqua first hand, the only […]

Reader Case: Trying to Swim with a Boulder Tied To Your Leg

Hey there readers! I’m writing to you from Berlin, Germany and one of the most surprising things here is how affordable everything is despite how many well-paying jobs there are! When it comes to expensive housing, everyone loves to say “yeah, but it’s a ‘World City’ and that’s why it’s expensive. You just have to deal with it”. Well, Berlin seems to buck this trend and we are taking advantage of it like crazy.  Cheers, Berlin, for being an awesome metropolitan “world city” without the “world city” price tag. Anyhoo, before we jet off to UK for Chautauqua, here’s our […]

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