Travel Hacking: Our Maine Trip

We just returned from an absolutely stunning trip in Maine, with the main purpose of seeing Acadia National Park. This is our 3rd large trip that was greatly aided by travel hacking. What is travel hacking? Basically, it's using points and miles to travel to amazing places on a budget! This won't be a comprehensive … Continue reading Travel Hacking: Our Maine Trip


The Maine Event

Hi PocketChangers, and welcome back! We recently returned from Maine on a much-needed vacation. Now that we're back and settled, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you about our trip. If you're new to the blog, check out the Start Here post about Financial Independence and the journey we're on. If you're returning and are … Continue reading The Maine Event


August FI Progress

August was a crazy month for us, especially in the world of finances! Welcome back PocketChangers to another FI progress report! Here's where we're at for August: Investment Changes Last month, I opened Vanguard and Fidelity brokerage accounts to begin investing small amounts into the market. In August, we moved some funds into each of … Continue reading August FI Progress


A Pretty, Easy, and Frugal Solution for Window Privacy

Do you need a simple solution for window privacy? Pretty vinyl privacy film could be what you need! Sometimes curtains cut out too much light, and honestly, I don't always like sheers. We have a bedroom window that faces the street and I needed something and something soon that wouldn't cost much.  (Forgive the bad lighting … Continue reading A Pretty, Easy, and Frugal Solution for Window Privacy


Pocketchange Decor: How to Make Upcycled & Frugal Thrift Store Art

  Creating wall art can be pricey, so I've been finding creative solutions for DIY upcycled wall art that saves $. Now that we have been in our new-to-us house for a small period of time, it is time to decorate! I've refrained from putting much up on the walls for the first month, just … Continue reading Pocketchange Decor: How to Make Upcycled & Frugal Thrift Store Art


Introduction to Investing

Hi Pocket Changers! Today, we're diving into the world of investing! Okay, perhaps getting our toes wet is a more accurate assessment. Regardless, today we're going to look at a problem facing a number of Americans, and try to understand why investing is important for long-term financial goals. Let's jump on in! BIG NOTE: The … Continue reading Introduction to Investing


June 2018 FI Progress

Hi Pocket Changers! It's hard to believe another month has gone by, and it has sure been busy on our end. Well, we're halfway through July, so it's time for a progress report. Mrs. Pocket Change and I closed on our first home in June! We also adjusted some of our financials, and have made … Continue reading June 2018 FI Progress


Taking Back Your Income

Hi Pocket Changers! We've been discussing Financial Independence for a couple months now. I figure, by this point you're shaking your head unconvinced that financial independence will work for you for any number of reasons. Or, perhaps you're chalking this up to some sort of fad, or you are interested but don't know where to start. … Continue reading Taking Back Your Income


4 Ways to Furnish a New Home on a Budget

The fun part of house-buying has begun! We're in the process of buying our first home -- and attempting to do so while not blowing our budget out of the water. Thankfully, the home is pretty move-in-ready. We'll still paint and do a few small side projects, but overall, the pre-moving part won't including fixing a … Continue reading 4 Ways to Furnish a New Home on a Budget