How to Get Off the Grid

Our world is changing so rapidly today. Have you ever thought that maybe you’d like to escape this high-tech, fast-paced, government controlled world that we live in today? I sure have. I have even gone so far as to consider removing myself from “the grid” entirely. In other words, I have considered what it would […]

Skip the Airport Security Line for $20 per Year

I arrived at PDX for a trip to Santa Barbara around 5:00pm on a Friday afternoon. I had just grappled with an hour drive from my office south of Portland in rush-hour traffic to get to the airport, on the city’s northern border with Washington. I found parking in the economy lot, took the shuttle […]

Create Your Own Automatic Plan

I have recently shared ideas to make an account inventory, track everything in one place, create your first budget, and start saving for retirement. I kept mentioning automation. Now that you have a good understanding of your money, it is time to automate it to save you time, money, and headache.

Automate Your Account Tracking

Now that you have done a full account inventory and closed your inactive accounts, it is time to making tracking your accounts and organizing your statements easier and quicker. I use a few free tools to keep my accounts and transactions organized, and you get them setup in just a few minutes.

11 IFTTT Recipes To Make Your Finances Easier

IFTTT is one of the most useful (and free) web apps I have ever found. IFTTT, which stands for “If This, Then That” can automatically connect you, your social media, news, and tons of other apps for automatic actions. Here are a few of my favorite recipes for staying connected to your finances and saving […]

7 Ideas to Make Your Commute Suck Less

I drive 20 miles in rush hour traffic to work and back every day. I have a good job at a good company and I live where I want to live around friends and a great neighborhood. But connecting the two is torture every day. Here are six ways I’ve found to make the drive […]

Never Miss a Bill Again

Missing bills totally sucks. It doesn’t happen to most of us very often, but when it does it is frustrating. It can cost us money in fees, extra time and stress, and for some bills can even lower our credit scores. To avoid this totally sucky thing, here are a few tips to never miss […]

Be Prepared to Lose Your Wallet

You reach into your pocket to grab your wallet. You feel around. Your stomach drops. It’s not there! Hopefully you will never have to go through this scenario that millions of people have had to deal with. Only one in five lost wallets makes it way back to its owner, so it is very important […]

Planning My First Credit Card Churn

If you regularly read travel hacking blogs, you have probably heard the term “churn” used quite a bit. For the uninitiated, a churn is a strategy used to sign up for new credit cards to maximize signup and bonus offers to rack up a huge number of frequent flyer miles and travel points quickly.