Does the American Dream Require Accumulation of Stuff?

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Head Full of Stuff

I never had a tendency to accumulate things.  It wasn’t by nature.  Rather, I was forced keep things light because our family moved around the globe, A LOT.  4 countries in a span of 4 years, and countless moves within each country.  That’s why when I first saw the George Clooney movie Up in the Air, I felt like his character’s philosophy was identical to mine.  However, it hit me really hard when we moved my stuff from Little Rock to Northwest Arkansas a few months back.  Somehow, I accumulated a shit ton of things at some point down the road.  Like, a U-Haul-truck-full kind of shit ton.  I found this really puzzling because only 7 years ago I arrived in the US with one bag pack and a large luggage.  So, how/why did this happen? Continue reading

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Shower Heads & Aerators: Easiest Way to Decimate your Water Bill

Water use

Water use

Some months ago, I came across Mr. Money Mustache’s blog on shower heads.  The title was so eye-catching, since he named it “An $800 Gift from Me to You”. It’s no secret that I’m an avid reader of MMM and that he has had a tremendous impact on our new mentality + goals.  I’m not gonna repeat what he so eloquently wrote, but to sum up his points, there’s an easy way to quickly rack up savings in water consumption.

My weird obsession with water conservation is twofold.  For one, I love exercising control over our expenses (especially the recurring expenses like utilities) and derive an immense sense of satisfaction from seeing a lower bill every month, and two, water really is a scarce resource.  I grew up in Guatemala.  While I personally never lacked access to clean water, I’ve seen first-hand, people who do have limited access to clean water.  Also, here’s a timely article on how water shortage is not exclusive to the developing world. Continue reading

Kansas City, MO on a Budget

KC BBQ

KC BBQ

Just this past weekend, my fiancee and I decided to take a weekend trip to Kansas City, Missouri (“KC”), a 3-hour drive from our home in Northwest Arkansas.  Growing up, I have traveled to many different places in the world, but our current reality is that we have neither the means nor the time to travel too far from home.  This, however, has enabled us to discover places within driving distance from our home.

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