October 2019 Progress Update
The first half of October whizzed by before we even knew what happened. We had more social activities planned than ever it seemed. For some reason, October always seems like an exceptionally busy month for us. We had a football tailgate--this one that we planned. Like camping, tailgating is a lot more work when you’re... Read More
The Vines Go Camping
Over the summer, we tried out a short camping trip. This was an item on my 101 tasks list. We also wanted to see if camping could be a frugal form of vacationing in the future for us. We had a great time, but I’m not sure if it’s all that frugal for us. We... Read More
A real-life perfect day / The Vines see Hamilton
The title is a mischaracterization because this day felt almost perfect and our career jobs kept it from being true perfection. We frequently experience this kind of almost-perfect day. Rather than bring us down, this encourages us. We love that we haven’t let great be the enemy of perfect. We love that we aren’t letting... Read More
August 2019 Progress Update
The weeks and months fly by so quickly. Having 56 months to go before we are ready to pull the plug on our careers sounds like a lot. But then, each month when we reach the last day I think “Already? Another month is over?” Our spending had a planned spike in August with our... Read More
Why we’ve decided to pay off our mortgage early
I mentioned in prior articles that we decided to pay off our mortgage early. When we first embarked on our financial independence journey, we didn’t plan to do this. And in fact, we have not yet started making extra principal payments to accomplish this goal. I’ll get to why in a bit. But first, here... Read More