• The Pitfalls of Reward Travel
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    The Drawbacks of Reward Travel

    Have you ever travelled using rewards? There are so many possibilities when it comes to booking with rewards miles, especially when money is no longer the worry. For the past 4 years, James and I have been funding our air travel expenses using rewards. We haven’t had any issues when it comes to booking flights…until our last trip. This was our first real encounter with the drawbacks of reward travel. The Drawbacks of Reward Travel We usually sing the praises for reward travel. There is nothing like getting onto a plane to your destination, and realizing that you didn’t spend a single dime on the trip. There is a multitude…

  • Cheap and Healthy Airport Tips
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    5 Cheap and Healthy Airport Tips

    5 Cheap and Healthy Airport Tips Airline travel, you either hate it, or hate it. I don’t know of anyone that really loves it. Shuffling through security where they scrutinize everything from your toothbrush to your shoe choice. Starving and forced to pay exorbitant prices for meager meals of deli meat with plastic cheese. Everyone seems pissed off except the one woman with “Newlyweds” emblazoned across her t-shirt, and the guy trying not to be seen in his matching shirt. With all the shitty parts, we felt it would be beneficial to cover 5 healthy airport tips that are cheap and easy to make airports and flying suck less for…

  • Learning to Adapt
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    Learning to Adapt

    Do you fear change? Do you purposely avoid it because you are afraid of the unknown? I’m talking the kind of person who gets easily frustrated when things don’t go the way you think they are ‘supposed to’. I used to be the kind of person who feared change. If something didn’t go the exact way I planned, I would freak out and over-react, resulting in a ruined attitude and mood. Essentially, I never learned to adapt to the many learning experiences that life throws my way. Learning to Adapt Ever since I met James, I have learned to adapt to change, in the best way possible. That’s because he…

  • The Trap of Work
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    Trapped at Work

    I’ve been ‘retired’ all of one week, and I already feel like I’ve been shocked awake with a cold bucket of water. Wim Hof amirite? I guess it makes sense. Even though I had a cushy job where I was only in an office a few hours a week, it was the responsibility of being a manager that took its toll. Putting out fires, answering questions, generating useless weekly reports, staying on top of my emails, and never letting my phone be more than a few feet away. I was trapped by work. However, now I have time to stop and think, to be truly present, to be detached from…

  • How we made Facebook Marketplace Our Bitch
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    How We Made Facebook Marketplace Our Bitch

    It should come as no surprise that we love selling, and even occasionally buying, stuff. When we sell stuff through Facebook Marketplace, we get a small thrill. It’s essentially killing three birds with one stone. We are getting rid of something, making money, and giving an item a new home where hopefully it can fulfill its purpose. The same could be said when we buy stuff through Marketplace, except we are the ones on the other side giving new life to a forgotten item. Selling Shit Time for the good stuff. You may not know this, as we’ve been very secretive about it, but James and I are moving to…

  • Leave of Absence
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    How We Quit Our Jobs…Kind Of

    It’s officially happening folks. Emily and I have informed our employers that we no longer require their services. It is freeing, and also terrifying at the same time. But, we know that this is a calculated decision, and we are ready to move on with our lives. It’s not us, it’s them. However, in true fashion, we have gamed the system, again. We haven’t quit our jobs at all….yet. How Have You Quit Your Jobs, But Also Not Quit? My Leave of Absence You might’ve guessed by the title of this section that we have decided to take a leave of absence. A leave of absence is a period of…

  • First Two Years of Blogging
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    First Two Years Of Blogging

    Last week was our two year “blog-iversary”  of writing on Rethink the Rat Race. Even though we’ve had this website going for two years, I still don’t feel like a ‘blogger’. Most people who start blogs quit within the first three months. What has kept us going these past two years of blogging, though? Hint: it’s definitely not the money. We’ve made a whopping $2.09, not counting all the expenses we have. FIRE here we come! Two Years of Growth I feel like I have learned a lot over the past two of compiling our thoughts and ideas. It has helped me grow as a person and as a writer.…

  • DIY Coffee
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    Save $1100 Per Year on DIY Coffee

    Coffee, the real breakfast of champions, is the elixir of life. This little witches’ brew of energy, alertness, and fat burning caffeine is powering the world in more ways than one. Right after oil, It’s the second most valuable commodity exported by developing countries. 64% of Americans drink coffee, and the average coffee drinker is consuming 3.5 cups of coffee a day. These are rookie numbers in the coffee biz. America ranks a pitiful 25th in consumption per person worldwide. However, with a daily Starbucks habit costing you $3.25 per day you’re spending over $1,100 on coffee. Instead of blowing cash, we want to teach you how to make a…

  • Life is Precious
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    Life is Precious

    Life is so incredibly precious. I’m sure we all know this, though. However, everyone tends to take life for granted. We are all caught up in the mundane day to day activities of our jobs, ‘obligations’, and Netflix coma’s that we forget how precious life truly is. Just take a second to think about how quickly it can be taken away. Admittedly, it’s a grim thought, but it’s still necessary to keep things in perspective. Life Is Precious The past few weeks have been tough on us and our family. James and I lost the greatest pet God could have given us. A member of our extended family passed away…

  • Cheap Pre-Workout
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    Cheap Pre-Workout Guide

    Pre-Workout is one of the biggest selling supplement categories, probably right behind multi-vitamins and protein. However, there are a ton to choose from, they all seem expensive, and the ingredients are complicated. How do you know which one to choose? Well, no worries, because this is where my cheap ass comes in. Also, it’s important to mention that it doesn’t matter if you’re a runner or powerlifter, a prancerciser or a cross-fitter, all the pre-workouts listed below will be beneficial for you. Let’s dive into our guide to cheap pre-workout. Each one is broken down by price, and effort level, which you’ll understand in a minute. Cheap Pre-Workout Guide Pre-workout…