January 2016

I know it’s a little morbid but I did just visit the Mutter Museum :)  And everyone else keeps talking about bucket lists and fill-the-bucket lists (thank you, Maggie over at Northern Expenditure for putting a slightly less morbid spin on things), so I figured I’d give it a go!  Elimination And Evaluation The beauty [...]

On my ride in to work this morning I was listening to the latest podcast by The Minimalists (Education) and it got me thinking how far I’ve come since graduating high school.  It also had me thinking how I’m still the same person and how little it all means.  Before realizing I had what it [...]

This is a story of how I turned my lower back pain into precious mommy and me time.  And, go!  For years, I have experienced lower back pain.  I don’t quite know the reason.  It does, however, seem to get better when I am working out on a regular basis.  Unfortunately, since winter hit, I [...]

Spending money doesn’t always come easy when you’re dedicated to early retirement.  Since hopping on this bandwagon we have become increasingly more aware of where every dollar goes and where every dollar could go.  In a concerted effort to retire in 2021, our household has cut all frivelous spending from our non-budget.  Every frivelous expense [...]

Welcome! Mad Money Monster has initiated a small re-branding effort.  We will continue to focus on early retirement and financial independence.  In addition to FIRE, we will also be bringing you ESSAYS on minimalism and life from time to time. We are also in the process of revamping the look and feel of our website.  [...]

I’m throwing down the gauntlet and officially declaring 2016 a clothes-free year. Stop it, you know what I mean ;) In my not-so-frugal moments in the past, I have frequently gone on what I like to call buying spurts. I will go for months without purchasing a thing. And then, one weekend, I’ll fall off the wagon and drop hundreds on some new threads. I have made a decision to officially banish any and all shopping sprees from my life.

STUFF doesn’t make us happy. Pursuing our passions makes us happy. Spending time with loved ones makes us happy. Increasing our intellectual prowess makes us happy. Financial Independence allows us the freedom to engage in all of the above.

Imagine.  By the end of this year, I will be well-versed in some pretty influential music that shaped the world we live in today.  It seems that every winter just around this time I get an itch to learn more, do more, and create.  Typically, it manifests itself in the form of art (think oil [...]

We woke up yesterday (Sunday morning) without a clear vision of what to do with our day.  The 100th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show opened this weekend and we thought that would be a good option, despite the hour-long drive, cost of parking, and cost of being inside the facility.  Granted, it is “free” admission and [...]

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