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 →

Taxes, Frugality and Investments

In the world of FIRE, it becomes easy to see how all things financial (decisions, transactions, etc.) are interrelated. When I was working on our tax returns for 2016, I could see easily that “bad” news from TurboTax meant that there was good news with investment results. And we would not have the investment results that we do without Captain… Read more →

The Monthly Downsizer: February 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: 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 →

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 →

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 →

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