Retired, Bored and Broke? Try this!


I took this photo with a camera I already owned. Learning to do it was free and stargazing is also free. This picture is like three kinds of free.

A few months back I wrote a post entitled Retired and Bored? Try This!  People loved it!  Well, I loved it, anyway.  I’ve noticed some Google searches for things to do in retirement but for those with little money in my stats.  The list in the post above had some pretty expensive things on it, but it had a few cheap and free items too.  This list, however, is all free stuff.

Don’t think there’s a lot to do that’s free?  Well, you’re not looking hard enough.  This list doesn’t include the obvious, like taking a walk or breathing.  These are genuinely fun and interesting stuff that usually won’t cost you a dime.  One caveat, however, transportation and food will cost you money, but I can’t help that.  So, retired, bored and broke?  Read on: More


Shameless Self Promotion


This week’s post isn’t so much about retirement as it is about me.  Or rather my new book, Las Vegas – Cheap and Easy.  I’ve been working on this for over a year on and off and it’s nice to finally have it out the door.  It’s an ebook.  I’ve made a decision that ebooks are the way to go.  Real books are a dying breed.

I hope I’ve managed to put together a helpful book that will bring a lot of value to people.  My premise was that normal travel guides were kind of useless for Las Vegas.  They just go out of date so quickly.  I worked in Vegas for years and saw just how fast things changed.

Not just tearing down and building new casinos, but inside the casinos too.  One day there’s a restaurant and seemingly the next, it’s a poker room.  If you bought a typical travel guide just a year ago, it’s out of date.  Now you need to buy another?  Screw that.

I’ve tried to explain how to use the resources on the internet to not only get the best Las Vegas deals, but to figure out where to eat and what to see and do.  It’s full of advice, recommendations and tips & tricks.  All stuff I learned traveling there for work for almost 15 years.  Hopefully people will find it helpful.

Anyway, you can find Las Vegas – Cheap and Easy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and soon on iBooks, Sony and Diesel.  If you’re headed to Vegas, check it out.  Can’t go wrong for $6.99.  You can get months of my hard work for the cost of a value meal.  Now that’s frugal!

LBYM: Stealth Frugality


I'm liking this new habit of finding pretty girls to illustrate my posts. I kind of feel like Bob Barker.

I am by no means extremely frugal.  I’m anything but, in fact.  I like spending money.  Doesn’t mean I don’t watch my spending, try to spend my money on stuff that has value to me and always look for the best deal.  Just means that frugality doesn’t come naturally to me.  I gotta work at it.

On the other hand, in some ways I am very frugal.  Some are conscious decisions, other just habits I’ve developed.  In any case, these ideas can save you a lot of money without really sacrificing much at all.  In fact, a lot of these things are free.  Not almost free, not next to free.  Free!  I call it stealth frugality. More

LBYM: Beyond the Obvious


I started a series about living below your means or LBYM, or rather below our means.  We are trying to become more frugal and make our money go further.  We’ve done most of the big, obvious stuff.  We’ve paid off our vehicles, sold some stuff we didn’t use, downsized our possessions, etc.  Now we’re down to the details.  These things, once we identify them, are usually easier to get rid of but they are harder to find.  It takes a little detective work.

A good place to start searching is all the plans in your life.  Cell phone plans, cable or satellite plans, gym memberships, the list goes on and on.  I am pretty sure we are paying for roadside assistance More

LBYM: Long Term Plan


I’ve alluded to our long-term retirement plans in a few posts, but never really in any detail.  Anyone who reads this blog regularly (thank you, by the way) knows I am fairly young, 44, and have two teenage boys at home.  It will be at least 5 years before they are out of high school.  They know we expect them to leave the nest at that point, and for good reason.  We don’t plan to have a nest.

Maybe something like this one. Maybe not.

Jen and I plan to sell the house and live the RV lifestyle More

Rededicating Ourselves to Frugality


I retired 10 months ago and even though Jen, my wife, and I had reduced spending to make it so I didn’t need to work, we were a little fast a loose with our money.  Old habits die hard.  Then Jen’s dad became ill and died and we spent a lot of money traveling to Oregon dealing his illness and death.  We know we can’t keep this pace up, but sometimes things are out of our control.

Now that most of that is taken care of and we are again in control of our finances, Jen and I have decided to rededicate ourselves to frugality.  Our goal is to More

The Art of Being Frugal


I get a lot of folks searching for “frugal” in one form or another on this blog.  I wrote a post a while back entitled “Frugal Retirement: Living a Rich Life“.  The post was about the importance of being frugal, but not necessarily about how to be frugal.  Being frugal isn’t rocket science, but for some, especially those that live the typical American lifestyle of unrestrained consumption, it can be tough.

I should know.  That person used to be, and in many ways still is, me.  I didn’t know what frugal was until about 6 months before I retired.  My inspiration was the book “Your Money or Your Life”. More

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