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    9 Ways to Avoid Boredom at Home

    In light of everything going on in the world, I figured now would be the best time to give you 9 ways to avoid boredom at home during an extended time off work & school. It’s always helpful to be armed with information. Being holed up in your house doesn’t need to be boring and unproductive. You can still continue to be healthy and continue learning during your time avoiding contact with others. Finally, introverts, like myself, can enjoy their days without being bombarded with conversations, event requests, parties, etc. However, now I’ve got the sole responsibility of keeping James’s extroversion tendencies busy. Buckle up, hunker down, and lock your…

  • How to be a Landlord
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    How to be a Landlord

    How to be a Landlord This probably goes without saying, but rental properties are by far our favorite investments. By investing in real estate and learning how to be a landlord over our rental properties we’ve been able to retire on less money invested into fewer properties. Ultimately, this means we were able to quit our jobs earlier which equals more happiness.ย  Today, we are going to take you through our process and explain how we are landlords and how we manage our properties. Responsibilities of Landlords Deciding to be a landlord and manage your rental properties adds a larger level of complexity to real estate investing. After all, you…

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    Benefits & Drawbacks of Unemployment

    As of two weeks ago, I am officially unemployed. You may be thinking to yourself, I thought you guys already quit your jobs last year? Well, that’s not completely true. If you haven’t read our article about kinda quitting our jobs, go read that real quick and then jump back to this one. Today though, we are going to cover some of the benefits and drawbacks of unemployment. 6 Months of Unemployment While James only had a month for his leave of absence, I was able to take 6 months. There were many benefits of easing into unemployment with a leave of absence versus flat out quitting my job. In…

  • 3 Ways to Increase Property Value
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    3 Ways to Increase Property Value in a Weekend

    Curious to find out how to increase your property value by over $10,000 in a weekend? Today, we are covering everything, including what we did, how we did it, the materials for the project, the cost, and breaking down the added value. Background When we found out about Financial Independence and Early Retirement, we began looking for easy ways to lower our cost of living. We quickly became tired of living in a super fancy condo. Don’t get us wrong, we love nice stuff as much as the next person. The problem was, a significant amount of our money was going to the mortgage and the ridiculous HOA just to…

  • Early Retirement Update
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    Early Retirement Update: January

    January has long come and gone and we are knocking on the door of March already. Luckily, as an early retiree, we largely have no deadlines and can publish these early retirement updates whenever we see fit, dammit. January was a full month of traveling, eating, and some surprise expenses that we weren’t expecting. Spoiler alert: we’ve already busted the budget one month into the year. Let’s dive in and find out how, and by how much. If you are interested in the tools we use to keep track of our income & spending at a glance, be sure to check out Mint for budgeting & spending and Personal Capital…

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    What to do in Malta in January

    For the past 5 years, Malta has been on our bucket list of places to visit. Finally, we were able to make a trip to the island a reality this past January with a much-needed reprieve from the winter weather of central Europe. While we were only here for a week, and in the dead of their ‘winter’, we still found plenty of activities & things to do in Malta in January. Malta is an island in the Mediterranea Sea just south of Sicily. The Republic of Malta consists of 5 islands, Malta, Gozo, and Comino, and the desert islands of Cominotto and Filfla. With a history dating back to…

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    4 Ways to Save Money on Amazon

    Amazon, a name that I’m sure you’re familiar with, is pretty much everyone’s go-to shopping resource. Even tight-fisted spendthrifts like ourselves do our online shopping at Amazon. Hell, it’s hard not to when they’ve got everything from home improvement supplies to electronics & supplements. However, just because you’re only shopping on Amazon doesn’t mean you can’t save more money. We are here to explain exactly how to do that with our 4 ways to save money on Amazon. 4 Ways to Save Money on Amazon Like yourselves, we like to hang onto as much of our money as we can. We certainly don’t want to frivolously give a multi-billion dollar…

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    Munich in December

    When we originally relocated to Cyprus, we were really looking forward to a mild winter. Lo-and-behold though, we accepted a house sit in Munich in December and braced ourselves for the cold. As much as I hate the cold, December really is an amazing time to visit Munich. There’s nothing quite like visiting the German Christmas markets and drinking mulled wine while enjoying all the Christmas festivities. ย Since we spent 3 weeks in Munich, we found all of the best places to visit during your stay in Munich. Check out our Travel Resources to see how we travel the world like pros for free. Munich, Germany Areas to Stay Really,…

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    Early Retirement Monthly Update: December

    Well, friends, it’s that time of the month again. We get to dive into another month of our early retirement income, spending, and life. December was an eventful month for us with the most travel we have done in early retirement up to this point. Has all the traveling broken our budget? Let’s find out below. Early Retirement Update: Income “Work” Two people decided that they wanted to get healthier & in better shape, so they bought our workout program. The good news is that the leg work (pun intended) on the program is largely completed, so it doesn’t take more than a few minutes to put together the correct…

  • 2019 Year in Review
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    2019 Year In Review

    Goodbye 2019, hello 2020! 2019 was a year for the books. We did everything from buying our latest rental property to quitting our jobs and moving abroad, to becoming traveling nomads. While we have updated you all throughout the year on blog posts, we wanted to dedicate this article to 2019 by doing a year in review. 2019, Year In Review First Quarter We started the year off by traveling down to Gainesville, FL to attend CampFI Southeast. It was the perfect way to start off the new year. Traveling, meeting new people, reconnecting with friends, and being in the warm Florida weather all created the perfect weekend trip. Leading…