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.

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 →

Abandoning the Downsizing Wagon

Argh. We have made so much progress. We have been downsizing. We saved our money. We sold our house. We sold our car for Pete’s sake. Whoever Pete is. But after sloshing and slopping our way through wettest winter in memory, the prospect of standing in cold rain waiting for one more train or bus is horrific. And I have… Read more →

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 →

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