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{ 52 comments } DIY make your own Kotatsu table

I wrote this article in 2010 and I’m giving it a facelift. We have been using our kotatsu table for over 10 years and we love it! There is nothing better than getting warmed up at the flick of a switch when it’s cold and rainy outside. It’s definitely my favorite winter appliance. It's easy [...]

{ 23 comments } Financially Preparing for Unexpected Retirement Expenses thumbnail

The following article is by Kristi Muse, our staff writer. She is a great freelance writer, blogger, police officer’s wife, and stay at home mom of two. My uncle is in his late 50s and should have a long life still to live ahead of him. That’s what my whole family believed at least, until he [...]

{ 24 comments } 3 Ways to Avoid Downgrading Your Lifestyle After Retirement thumbnail

Last week, I got an interesting comment on my July cash flow update. “I like how you don’t seem to compromise quality of life for over-frugality!” This comment is interesting because quality of life is so subjective. We spend about $4,500 per month and that’s a very comfortable level for us. However, this level of [...]

Republic Wireless New Moto E and New Plans Review

{ 15 comments } Republic Wireless New Moto E and New Plans Review thumbnail

2 years ago, I was hesitant to upgrade to a smart phone because I thought it was too expensive. I liked my cheap old flip phone. I just used it to call and text, what else did I need? I also didn’t want to pay $60+ per month just for the privilege of checking email [...]