"As a retiree now, I find my life something like the movie "Groundhog's Day." Life repeats itself each day in much the same way, and over the years I can refine and improve what I do to lead a good life that is also frugal (frugality remains a core value for me)."I usually just avoid shopping. Don't go to malls or stores or even look at the ads in the Sunday paper. I did go to Alaska though this past month. Spent a bundle up there between motels and car rentals and two airplane flights from ANC to Nome AK and then down to Juneau. The Motel 6 in ANC is $150/night plus 18% tax. Nome is sky high - like $350/day for car and motel. Blew through a bundle. Used Frequent flier miles to get up there. Stayed 15 days. I don't do that very often. It was to get to the 4 counties (Judicial Districts) for the second time. Soon I'll be off to HI to do those 5 counties (another $2500 bucks likely for two weeks)....then it will be back to US travel. Getting to the point where hauling bags around is not fun any longer...... Otherwise, I don't spend much at home. Eat more and more meals at home. Might as well spend some of the 'income' this year rather than re-invest it. Still well under 4% withdrawal rate so I'm not worried.... I think it is time to buy a new mattress. Old one is probably 20 plus years old now...maybe pushing 30...so time to look for a new one. That's another thousand plus......just starting the shopping. t.
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