FIRE Progress Report – April 2024

Lower expenses, lower investment balance What happened this last month? Our expenses month were down compared to the previous month and from the same month last year. This was because last year we had done several projects around putting new siding on the house in April 2023. With that being said, this was the most…

FIRE Progress Report – March 2024

Planning memories What happened this last month? Our expenses this month were actually trending to be down compared to a year ago, until we planned a trip to Walt Disney World in June of this year. Between ticket deals and renting DVC points, it was going to be the most reasonably priced Disney trip we…

FIRE Month Savings Progress Report for February 2023

Time to spring clean the finances What happened this last month? After a mostly up month, we’re back to a mostly down month. However, the numbers are holding reasonably steady as we continue to contribute to investments. Since we’ve been focused on saving up for the siding project in the April/May timeframe, we haven’t been…

FIRE Month Savings Progress Report for January 2023

Happy New Year! What happened this last month? Last month ended down, but this month ended up significantly. Our final invested number was the second highest it’s ever been. The highest was back at the end of December 2021 when the markets were at their peak. There are a few things to note about our…

Money Saving Win of the Week – Internet

I found out recently that our internet provider, Amplex, offers a discount for paying for a full year of internet service at once. I promptly called them to get on the plan. The deal is basically pay for 11 months, get the 12th month for free. For us, that will save us $5/month!

Savings at the pump with the GasBuddy card

I’m always a sucker for new ways to save some extra money without much effort on my part. That’s why when I found out about the GasBuddy card, I figured I’d give it a try. How it works This card works similar to the Target REDCard debit card. Essentially you link the card to your checking…

How we got paid $11 for 3 months of cell phone service

Let me start by saying this isn’t a scam. We were able to make money on a month’s worth of cell phone service using many of the things I’ve described in this blog. We’ve used Total Wireless for our cell phone service. There is no reason to go into a lot of detail here because…

Total Wireless Improves Again!

In the short time we’ve been on Total Wireless they’ve almost doubled the data amount we receive each month (from 8 GB to 15 GB). Originally when I had talked about our switch to Total, we knew that our data speeds were capped at 5 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. That has since changed!…

Wireless Plans from Total Wireless Improved!

I originally reviewed Total Wireless a few months ago and we have been pretty happy with it overall. The service is good (it uses Verizon’s network) and the price is right ($57 for 2 phones). So I was surprised when I recently went out to see if any competitors had anything better to offer. To…

May 2017 – Republic Wireless Bill

The May payment to Republic Wireless was $-1.48. This is our last month using Republic Wireless for our primary phones. We’ll be keeping one line for home phone use. Wireless Breakdown WiFi Only Phone – $5 Taxes – $1.01 Refund for unused service – ($7.49) Total – ($1.48) My wife and I have transitioned from Republic Wireless to…