Free Money! How we use credit card points
This post may contain referral or affiliate links. See our full disclosure here. We don’t consider ourselves expert points hackers. Maybe we just don’t like labels. In any event, we use a carefully curated credit card collection to help squeeze a little bit more out of our travel budget. We carry a couple of cash... Read More
February 2020 Progress Update
The month began in sunny Costa Rica. The trip was the perfect dose of Vitamin D for us. A full review will come in the future. Until that review is posted, we paid for the Costa Rica trip with some travel hacking. We tried something a little different with this travel schedule--we departed on a... Read More
Rental Car Tips from our Florida Roadtrip
Our flight arrived slightly behind schedule on Friday night, around 9:30 p.m. We flew into Jacksonville and planned to spend Friday night at Mr. Vine’s parents’ home in St. Augustine. I had a rougher flight than usual. It had been a long day for both of us by the time we landed. It took about... Read More
January 2020 Progress Update
What is with these winter months lagging? We had a full and busy month, but it still feels like the month dragged by. The good news is that we feel a bit more settled and like we are finding a routine. That does make for somewhat boring monthly updates. Half of my immediate family celebrates... Read More
Delta vs. Spirit: Airline experience comparison
As discussed previously, we booked a hacker fare to Florida. This meant that we booked one way flights on two different carriers. On our return flight, we also booked separate itineraries due to gift card redemption. All of the details on our airfare pricing are included in this post. Today, we’re going to talk about... Read More
Should we upgrade our timeshare?
Recently, Mr. Vine sat down and plotted out each of our “big” vacations from now until our expected Financial Independence Day. By “big” we mean trips of seven days or so that will require using vacation time from work. Part of the purpose behind this exercise was to decide how we wanted to use the... Read More
Holiday Airfare to Florida for $125!
We scored an amazingly low price on our flights to Florida over the Christmas holiday. We used a couple of hacks and some flexibility to do it, but ultimately we paid just $112.59 each for roundtrip travel from the midwest to Florida during what is the most expensive travel period. For reference at the time... Read More
Halfway to Financial Independence
During 2019, we crossed the halfway to financial independence milestone. On one hand, this feels like a huge deal. On the other, it feels like financial independence is just as far away as it ever was. It also feels strange because for most of our financial journey, we did not have a finish line in... Read More
December 2019 Progress Update
December was a strange month. I typically write these monthly updates in pieces. Once a week or so, I’ll edit the draft with an update on what we did over the past week. Some months, we have so much going on that I choose what to include. December felt slower, but it wasn’t. It helped... Read More