About Us: Early Retirement, Savings Plan, Expense Reduction Strategy, and More!

Hello and welcome to our blog!  We are the Grumbys and we’re happy that you’re interested in our journey toward early retirement, and the many adventures that are sure to follow.  During our pre-retirement phase, we’ll talk about our experiences in reducing expenses, downsizing belongings, and increasing happiness.  Our mission is to share ideas, create conversations, entertain, and inspire.  We greatly enjoy… Read more →

The Monthly Downsizer: January 2017

In July of 2015 we moved from a 1,400 square foot house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an oversize double garage to an 880 sq. ft. apartment.  Four months later, we downsized again and moved to a 670 sq. ft. apartment.  With the goals of shortening our retirement horizon and simplifying our lives, we jettisoned most of our belongings and took the plunge into… Read more →

How Tiny House Lady Accelerated Our Early Retirement

A few years after Mr. Grumby and I launched our super turbo savings plan we met Dee Williams, the Tiny House Lady that accelerated our early retirement. We went to see the brilliant film Tiny: a story about living small and Dee was on the discussion panel that followed. The audience energy was palpable and our imaginations took flight with ideas of… Read more →

The Monthly Downsizer Special Edition: Our 2016 Expenses!

December is the Monthly Downsizer Special Edition, in which we reveal our 2016 Expenses! In July of 2015 we moved from a 1,400 square foot house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an oversize double garage to an 880 sq. ft. apartment.  Four months later, we downsized again and moved to a 670 sq. ft. apartment.  With the goals of shortening our retirement horizon and… Read more →

Sh*t You Don’t Need (and some stuff you might)

Mrs. G and I were walking through the mall last week and, not being shoppers, were astounded by the sheer volume of completely worthless stuff, or should I say sh*t out there. If you’re frugal and you value Financial Independence, what you see below will horrify you. I call it sh*t because most of it is completely nonessential and designed… Read more →

The Monthly Downsizer: November 2016

In July of 2015 we moved from a 1,400 square foot house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an oversize double garage to an 880 sq. ft. apartment.  Four months later, we downsized again and moved to a 670 sq. ft. apartment.  With the goals of shortening our retirement horizon and simplifying our lives, we jettisoned most of our belongings and took the plunge into… Read more →

Grumbys for Peace and Kindness

Mr. Grumby and I have friends and family on both sides of the political aisle, and of varying faith traditions, nationalities, sexual orientations, and species. And we love them all.  I never dreamed this would be a topic for a blog post, but here we are.  In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, we all have an opportunity to downsize fear and ignorance… Read more →

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