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LifeHack: Battery Backups to the Rescue

LifeHack: Battery Backups to the Rescue

Have you ever arrived at the airport and realized that you forgot to pack something? It’s the worst feeling because there is no driving home to pick it up. Shoot, you can’t even get back out of security and expect to get back in without a major hassle. Well that was the situation I found myself in this past summer once the HackNow family survived airport security and found 4 seats “somewhat” near our gate. I don’t know what made…

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We’re Live!

We’re Live!

Welcome Hackers! We’re thrilled to announce the launch of hacknowretireearly.com! While we’ve been living on Twitter and Facebook for several months now, it’s taken us some time to get our blog ready. We’ve been so inspired by other blogs out there that finally launching Hack Now Retire Early feels great! We’re delighted about sharing our story with you and actively participating in the personal finance and travel community. There is so much knowledge and wisdom to soak in; we hope we can do…

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Boost Mobile FTW!

Boost Mobile FTW!

NOTE: The Boost Mobile plan described in this post is no longer available. Boost still has other great plans though. We’ll be sticking with them when we add our youngest daughter in February. Boost Mobile* FTW! Sorry AT&T, Sprint, Verizon… Ok, it’s been a busy summer. We started with 2 full-time incomes and now we’re down to one. We made it through summer swim team, a summer wedding, a trip to the Big Apple, a family group trip to Mexico,…

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Free flights are killing our budget!

Free flights are killing our budget!

As we explained in our June blog entry “How We Get Free Airfare,” we’re proud Southwest Airlines Companion Pass holders. The Companion Pass is truly one of the best #travelhacker deals out there with an almost unlimited savings potential. However, we’ve come to realize a not-so-obvious side effect of having access to not 1, but 2 BOGO flight deals – these free flights are killing our budget! In our excitement to fly as many friendly skies as we can for…

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F.I.R.E. Starter

F.I.R.E. Starter

Well, it’s been 2 months since our blog entry “We Didn’t Start the F.I.R.E.” where we laid out our busted plan to light the F.I.R.E. Those two months have come and gone in a flash and a lot has happened. Let’s get an update. As you’ll remember, the plan was for Mrs. HackNow to kiss her full-time job goodbye. Just days before pulling the trigger so that her last day aligned with our kids last day of school, the plan…

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No Dough, Mo’ Show

No Dough, Mo’ Show

So we’re taking Our Next Life’s challenge. When I read their post “The Road Less Traveled” a week or so ago, I got excited. Why would I get excited about an early retirement blog post? Well, I guess because we’ve always felt different from our contemporaries from a money perspective. From how we save to what we spend our money on, it never seems to jive with what we see in society. NO DOUGH, MO’ SHOW This is how my…

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My watch has ended.

My watch has ended.

“My watch has ended.” Jon Snow is done, just done. He’s had enough and he’s flipping his desk and walking out. Ok, he was much calmer than that, but this is how I related to Jon’s succinct declaration of retirement at the beginning of this week’s episode “Book of the Stranger.” I finally caught up with this week’s episode of Game of Thrones and the first thing I hear from Jon Snow is “my watch has ended.” I guess it’s…

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How We Get Free Airfare

How We Get Free Airfare

One of the biggest obstacles to traveling as a family is cost of airfare. When you go from 2 roundtrip tickets as a couple (or even 1 as a solo traveler) to 4, I don’t have to tell you that your transit costs just doubled! Well, in early 2015 we knew we had a handful of trips we wanted to take as a family and were concerned about the financial impact to our #FIRE plans. This is really when we…

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We Didn’t Start the F.I.R.E.

We Didn’t Start the F.I.R.E.

Well, we had a plan and it was perfect! Mrs. HackNow was ready to give her notice on Monday, a day that would trigger our first real step towards #FIRE (Financially Independent, Retire Early). We had been back and forth over the past 4 months as to the best time to pull this trigger. Well, each month came and went with a trip to spend money on, a medical procedure that hit savings, Uncle Sam’s tax bill, etc., etc., etc….

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