I drink a lot of loose leaf tea. It’s cheap and yummy.
However, my tea strainer/tea infuser/mesh tea ball/whatever you want to call it started to develop what others called an “overbite.”
I was definitely contemplating buying a new, probably novelty tea strainer when it hit me: “Umm, you are an engineer. Why don’t you, I don’t know, solve this problem yourself and fix it?” Great idea, me!
This isn’t a financial matter for us, it’s…hard to describe. In some ways we live very wasteful lives – we drive to work (albeit carpooling) when we could be biking, we eat one lavish meal out a month (last time out was $94 with tip and tax), we spend hundreds a month (on average) traveling, and we spoil our dog like crazy. Finding a use for something like watermelon rind doesn’t even begin to offset all this wastefulness. Yet it feels magical. Taking something most people throw away and turning that into something delicious? Yes, please. And we can assure you, these are delicious. That is, if you’re smart and don’t make way more than you could possibly eat.
When we first forayed into the world of financial blogging as content consumers, we were introduced to a lot of new terms. For the early retirement community, the most common are Financial Independence (FI) or Financially Independent and Retired Early (FIRE). There’s a reason (besides alliteration) that we use “Financial Freedom” as opposed to FIRE: Words are powerful.