March 2021 Progress Update
During March, we continued our stay in an Airbnb. Initially, we had planned that this stay would be one month, with our planned check out date for March 21. We weren't comfortable with the renovation progress and decided to extend for another 28 nights, into mid-April. Our suite was great and we enjoyed the location.... Read More
3 Tips to Live Well in a Hotel
Traveling took on a different aspect during the pandemic. Mr. Vine’s job change also made it difficult to vacation. His job requires him to be onsite and the company is small. Time off is tough to come by. When we can get it, travel doesn’t feel as worth it as it once did.  We decided... Read More
Hacking Hotel Breakfast with a Kitchenette Suite
It is no secret that I enjoy the challenge of cooking while traveling. We save dollars and calories by opting for lodging equipped with a kitchen. This helps us feel our best when exploring new places and fuels our financial goals. During the pandemic we, like almost everyone else in the world, did not vacation... Read More
February 2021 Progress Update
We made our “big move” in February! It was a short month and jam-packed with activity for us. I started the month in a pet friendly hotel near our new house. During this time, I frequently visited the new house to monitor renovation progress, or as it turned out, the lack thereof. In any case,... Read More
Pandemic Moving: Our year-long relocation
Because my last several posts have been monthly progress updates to catch up from my hiatus, I am postponing an annual review. Instead, today’s article will include more details about our move. This relocation was highly unusual for us and somewhat unexpected. I will introduce what led to the decision to relocate and highlight the... Read More
January 2021 Progress Update
January went by in a blur. I started a new journal at the beginning of the new year. This crossed an item off my 101 tasks in 1001 days list. I also decided to spice up my run streak by trying a marathon training program.  This month was a frustrating time in our home renovation... Read More
December 2020 Progress Update
December is always such an exciting time for our finances. I usually love updating all of our numbers for the end of the year. I enjoy reflecting on where we were at the beginning of the year and where we finished it. I had none of the typical excitement when entering our year-end numbers in... Read More
November 2020 Progress Update
Around the time I began to struggle to write regular posts and what would turn out to be a two month hiatus from the blog, I prepared my chart for November 2020. Even though I was not writing or posting regular updates here, we did continue to track our monthly financial activity. I won’t do... Read More