Category: Car-free Life

Getting around without a car is way easier than you think. All it takes is some creativity, elbow grease and a willingness to change your habits.  A car-free life saves money and reduces stress.

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 →

August 2017: Gear Weight, Sprint Deal, and Expense Forecast

After our 10-day bike trip in July, we took some time in August to review our packing list to see how we could reduce our gear weight. Riding uphill for about 30 miles on Aufderheide Drive was a great motivator for looking closely at what was in our panniers to see what could be crossed off the packing list. Read more →

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Five Reasons Two Wheels are Better Than Four

“Wake up. There is a huge, bright beautiful world out there and you are letting it pass you by! Get off your couch, get out of your stale bubble and explore something new. Learn something new. Experience something new.” -Curtis and Jenny Shaw, Crazyguyonabike.com     A few years ago I sold my car and started walking and biking to… Read more →

The Monthly Downsizer: July 2017, a 10-Day Bike Trip!

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 →

The Monthly Downsizer: June 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 →

The Monthly Downsizer: May 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 →

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