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 →

Time to Get Our Burn On!

The Grumbys will begin the great Undaunted Porridge tour in 71 days. What are we doing to get our burn on in the midst of the Portland Snowpocalypse? Will we be physically ready to tackle this little bike ride?   Portland Snowpocalypse For those of you who haven’t been in Portland during the winter, it’s treacherous! We had almost an… Read more →

February 2018 Scan-a-palooza: Improving Memories

Some of our most prized possessions are photos and hand-written letters and cards. They are also heavy, take up a lot of space, and aren’t useful when they’re just sitting in boxes. During the month of February Mr. G. and I used our mobile phones to scan hundreds of photos, letters, and cards. We instantly upgraded our access to decades… Read more →

May the Fourth be With You (Us)- Retirement Date Announcement

After several years of planning, shifting priorities and saving our nickels, it’s official. The cat’s out of the bag. The Grumbys’ retirement date, in case you missed the very conspicuous feature graphic to the right, is May 4, 2018.  I (Mr. G) told my bosses and teams in late November and Mrs Grumby notified her boss last week. One of… Read more →

Tracking Our $3,000 Milkshake Expense

Excel spreadsheets have been my tool-of choice for expense tracking for the past few years. But that won’t be practical when Mr. Grumby and I pedal away on Undaunted Porridge. With eight bicycle panniers and one handlebar bag that we’ll carry over thousands of miles on two bicycles, we will be minimalist travelers. Our electronics need to be lightweight, and since… Read more →

Eleven Ways to Accelerate Your Retirement Plan

Do you want to have the option of spending less time working? Whether you are fifteen or fifty, now is the time to start working toward this important goal! By following any of the 11 recommendations below, you will reduce your time on the job by weeks, months, or years. Or maybe even decades! Read more →

Grumby 2017 Expenses: 13% Better vs. 2016!

Back in August my forecast for our 2017 expenses was that we would come in 10% below 2016. Well – we beat that forecast by 3%! No deprivation required. Just a cheerful commitment to being wise stewards of our resources, one of which happens to be money. Please join us in a little happy dance! Read more →

Grumbys Over America: Undaunted Porridge

Mrs. Grumby writes most of the posts on this blog, primarily because she is more disciplined and articulate than I (me?). Generally, I am a bit of a lazy slug. I mean, cut me some slack. It’s hard to motivate myself to write after working long, grueling days in the coal mine*. But the other night Mrs G suggested a… Read more →

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