Tag: home ownership

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 →

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 →

Deconstructing the American Dream

We are the Grumbys.  This is the story of how we began re-mapping our route to the American Dream by questioning commonly held beliefs about home ownership, possessions and priorities.   Owning a home is supposed to be the main route to the American Dream. Anything less, renting a house or apartment, for instance, is an indication of failure, malfeasance, communism… Read more →

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