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Attending My First Local FI Meetup

Attending my first local FI meetup - making friends

Alternate Title:  Can You Really Make New Friends as an Adult in Your Mid-Forties?

A few weeks ago, I attended my first local FI meetup.

Yes, I know — once again, I am late to the party. Or at least — late to writing about it.

This is something I should’ve posted towards the end of October, and now it’s edging near the end of November.

It’s a process.


Also, in the spirit of transparency, I’ll tell you right now this post may seem a bit sporadic, lacking structure, and maybe even a definitive point.

But I’m pushing myself to get it out there, and get back into the swing of writing.

Some bloggers can pump out 2 or 3 high-quality posts a week without batting an eyelash.

I am not one of those people. Although I would eventually love to be!

Attending my first local FI meetup - checklist #friendship #finance #frugality #minimalism

Semi-related side note: 

I recently stumbled across this super-interesting article on It talks about the Secret to Productivity, and Aiming for 80%, rather than full-on perfection.

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13 Lessons Horror Movies Teach Us About Personal Finance

13 Lessons Horror Movies Teach Us About Personal Finance

I grew up watching horror movies. Which is a bit comical, since I’m pretty much a big chicken.

No joke. If someone jumps out at me from around the corner yelling “Boo!”, I’m gone.

You’ll find me two miles down the road, without a thought of returning until the whole house has been purged of evil spirits.

I don’t know why I consented to watch all of these films. Maybe it was a sign of the times.

Because it seems like the 80’s was the decade of scary movies. Or that could just be my warped recollection.

But family fun night — let’s watch Friday the 13th!

Teenage sleepover — of course, Sleepaway Camp!

And for the annual Halloween party — well, I’d expect nothing less than gathering together to watch our favorite silent masked villain — no, not that one, the other one. Michael Myers, of course.

Watching horror movies was a legit rite of passage when I was a kid.

And it went hand-in-hand with checking under my bed, sleeping with the lights on, and asking my dad to check for monsters in the closet.

And yes, as a full grown adult, I am still afraid of the dark.

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How to Save Money on a Beach Vacation

It’s half-way through September — so clearly the *perfect* time for me to publish a post about taking a summer beach vacation —


How to save money on a beach vacation. Outer Banks, NC #OBX
Yes, this picture was actually taken from the deck of the beach house we rented  — Rodanthe, NC

By the Sea

I started writing this post mid-August while I was on vacation. Don’t worry, I also did plenty of relaxing. In fact, I felt like I’d been relaxing a bit too much, and not taking full advantage of potential blogging time.

Because once that two week vacation was over and I returned home to my day job, I knew there would be the usual time crunch. Blogging would be de-prioritized, and my focus would again gravitate to my regular 9-to-5.

(Hello, one month later…)

Although I do have hopes I can start motivating myself by making clear blogging goals, and being more productive on a daily basis.

But while I was in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, I thought maybe I could make a little bit of progress on my blog.

And now that I’m back in New England, and back into the swing of things — it’s time to get this puppy out there.

Because can you believe, it’s been a whole month since I’ve posted anything?

Crazy how time gets away from you —

But here we are, with the next topic at hand:  How to Save Money on Vacation (at the beach).

As everyone knows, money is a pretty big factor when one starts to consider going on vacation.

It can definitely dictate where you go, how long you stay, what you do there and what kind of meals you have.

So I figured this would be an appropriate way to tie in these two topics — vacation and money.

And being on this two week excursion with my family and friends, I can pretty much speak from our own personal experiences.


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