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HNRE blog series | Travel Hacking

HNRE blog series | Travel Hacking

For our last entry into HNRE’s family financial tenets, we’re going to cover Travel Hacking. We’re still fairly new to this world but we’ve already accumulated many credit cards and bonuses that have saved us a TON of money. As we’ve explained on our About Us page, we have two daughters and we love to travel with them as a family. The memories we’ve created, and will continue to create, will truly last us a lifetime. It’s important to us…

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#HNREfv San Francisco Tweet Recap

#HNREfv San Francisco Tweet Recap

Hopefully you guys were able to follow along with us on our family vacation to San Francisco last week using the #HNREfv Twitter hashtag. If not, check out the tweets below along with some additional hacks and sarcastic commentary. Fun fact – we travel hacked $1795 in savings thanks to the Southwest Companion pass, Capital One Venture card, and AAA. Check it out below!   Follow us on our next live tweeting family vacation starting later today as we head…

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HNRE blog series | Dollar Cost Averaging and Compounding

HNRE blog series | Dollar Cost Averaging and Compounding

For our third entry into HNRE’s family financial tenets, we’re going to talk about the power of Dollar Cost Averaging and Compounding. We introduced the concept behind Compounding in our first entry, Pay Yourself First, but we’re going to double down on it and highlight how Dollar Cost Averaging can help you sleep at night. Just "tryin' to make a dollar out of fifteen cents."#Compounding#2Pac pic.twitter.com/YR5fRYPWEl — HackNow RetireEarly (@ReFIREment) April 20, 2016 I remember a challenge my teacher gave us…

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New Credit Card Hack: Marriott Rewards Premier

New Credit Card Hack: Marriott Rewards Premier

Hey Hackers, I wanted to share with you our newest #travelhacker credit card. We just recently signed up, and were immediately approved, for a Marriott Rewards Premier credit card. It’s got a great 80,000 point bonus that piqued my interest. Historically, we’ve been an exclusively Hilton Hhonors family. In fact, we’ve hacked both the Hilton Hhonors Surpass Amex and Citi Hilton Hhonors Visa Signature cards. However, three recent events have convinced us to try out Marriott (or SPG as you’ll…

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HNRE blog series | Low-cost ETFs

HNRE blog series | Low-cost ETFs

Thanks for joining us for the second entry in our HNRE blog series – Financial Tenets. The subject of this entry is Low-Cost ETFs (exchange traded funds). If you missed our first in the series, please go back and check out “Pay Yourself First.” To follow up on the strategy of paying yourself first and enjoying the returns from compounding, we should discuss where to invest your “secret” stash. Now, I’m by no means a financial analyst, nor a broker,…

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HNRE blog series | Pay Yourself First

HNRE blog series | Pay Yourself First

While building out our Hack Now Recommendations page, I spent a lot of time thinking through what books, blogs, and products have worked for us and which haven’t over the last many years. While thinking through those recommendations, I kept coming back to our family’s financial tenets that we use to guide our investing and budgeting strategies. Since these tenets are more guidelines and less recommendations, I felt compelled to write a blog series documenting each one and the strategy…

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#ValueHack: Santa Shops for Laptops

#ValueHack: Santa Shops for Laptops

It’s November! You know what that means – Christmas shopping season. Whether you like it or not, Halloween is over and it’s time for Santa to check his lists twice. What big ticket item did Mrs. HackNow and I find on our list from our daughters this year? A new laptop for our oldest. I actually have to give her some props for waiting as long as she has for a new laptop. Her existing one has had a busted…

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Do I have a TripAdvisor problem?

Do I have a TripAdvisor problem?

I really love digging into @TripAdvisor reviews and searching hotels! Searching Playa del Carmen all inclusives today for summer travel 🌴☀️ — HackNow RetireEarly (@ReFIREment) October 11, 2016 So I've spent at least 8 hours on TripAdvisor the last week analyzing Mexican resorts. I think this deserves a blog post. #ComingSoon https://t.co/mLcYLeksby — HackNow RetireEarly (@ReFIREment) October 17, 2016 The tweets above say it all. I have so much fun getting on TripAdvisor and researching hotels and resorts that it…

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#ACLFest Tweet Recap

#ACLFest Tweet Recap

Hackers – I threw together this full review of our weekend in Austin for #ACLFest weekend 2. While we’ve live tweeted our trips in the past, this is the first time since the blog has been live so I’m pulling together all the tweets from the weekend below and adding color commentary. Thanks so much for following along! Note: Some tweets are posted out of order because they didn’t post successfully while at the festival due to cellular capacity issues. "I…

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Austin City Limits here we come!

Austin City Limits here we come!

Austin City Limits here we come! If you’re a music fan or live in Texas, you know the Austin City Limits music festival. The festival is inspired by the PBS show of the same name that has aired since 1976. The music festival has only been around since 2002 but it’s grown to be a huge, 2 weekend festival featuring bands from around the world. While you may be more familiar with SXSW, ACL actually pulls in more fans –…

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