April in New Orleans Nomadic FIRE Spending + Favorite Things (Financial Independence, Retire Early)

by CHZ

Hello! We spent all of April in New Orleans. How much did we spend? And what’s up with those drive-thru daiquiris?

Plus, we’re adding a bonus segment: Our Favorite Things. Do you know Oprah’s “My Favorite Things” holiday episode each year? I loved it! We’re sharing some of our frugal favorite things. We’d love to hear yours!

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About us…we are Tim and Amy and we retired early (in our 40s) after reducing our expenses by $6,500 a month. Now, our big splurges tend to be travel and health-related versus stuff.
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Thanks for watching! See you next Wednesday!



GoWithLess September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

We may be in Middle Tennessee for the month of May but in this week's video, we're wrapping up April's spending in New Orleans. New Orleans was not our original April plan…we expected to be on a house sit in Florida for more than 3/4 of the month with a little visiting friends in the mix. We're thrilled that we've been able to say on track with so many changes!
I hope you'll share your favorite inexpensive indulgences below! I thought of you while I enjoyed my tea this morning! I'm curious how many servings I'll get from a 1-ounce loose tea bag. Looks like it will last at least a week. That's well-worth the 5 bucks.

Paige D. September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

a question about Liberty Ministry…. last I heard, you were waiting on them to pay a bill for you, have they since paid that bill and ultimately how long did it take them to pay it?

Amy Wallace September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

I love that Waterloo is one of your splurges, I just discovered that brand a few months ago, grapefruit is my favorite! I going to have to find you on FB, I am super curious about life on the farm.

VeganVintageGeek September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

I adore stick on nail wraps. I need to get some more. Only I like to get the solid colored ones (pink and red) but they are so hard to find in the store.

Fabio T September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

Tim’s face during the minutes you showed us your splurges was the best! Me and my wife are just like you guys. Greetings from 🇧🇷!

Troy Mills September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

One of the benefits of being retired is no longer having much, if any, "earned income" which is the most heavily taxed and the hardest to avoid. It is then much easier to structure your affairs in such a way as to minimize, if not totally eliminate, federal income taxes. I have had ZERO federal and state income taxes for the past two years while enjoying a nice income and lifestyle.

The Senior Thrifter September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

Hi. Do you still own a car? How are you getting around?

ilovemypitbull September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

I love Waterloo too! So much flavor. My splurge is UnReal candy – especially the peanut butter cups.

You both are my quarantine pick me up – love your attitude every week 🙂

art of the budget September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

just joined your fb. love the animals!

gill bater September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

"Happy with Cox in New Orleans" love u 2

Nesa Dcruz September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

Do you like Asian teas like Chinese teas and Ceylon tea?

Danielle September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

I think at the end of every video you should both talk about something you like just how you did in this one. It's interesting to see products that are new or we may not have tried before. Good job keeping within the budget!

B Squared Budgets September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

I love your enthusiasm! Such a cool adventure you are on and taking all these complicated times in stride. It is truly so helpful that you share your numbers to make it easy to understand what this kind of lifestyle costs. I also love tea and am excited to tune into the travel hacking video.

Ran September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

You guys are killing it! I enjoy seeing you succeed and thrive in your new life, very inspiring.

Sharon V September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

I love color street. I have been enjoying them as well. They are so cute. Way less expensive than a manicure. Although I can't wait to go get a pedicure at the salon. Also I have been loving your farm posts on instagram. The animals are so cute. 

And you are right finding joy in the little things is the key to a happy life.

And yes to the travel hacking! Please!
Have a great week, Sharon

Roy L Carrington Jr. September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

Another great video! I loved how you had so many favorite things and Tim just had beer. 😝 I understand it though. I also love beer. Stay safe!

WC Danger September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

That drive-thru daquiri thing is throughout the state of Louisiana. First time I saw the sign, I said, "NO WAY!" Nice to hear I wasn't the only one that found them intriguing. I enjoyed your favorite things segment too. I hope you continue to share. PS – I'm heading to the tax blogs next. Thanks!

CLTserendipity September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

Yay! All my votes go to travel hacking next week. I'm looking forward to it!!!

Melanka Zuidervliet September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

Tim's face when you talked about the nails 😂
I was jealous of your alcohol 😋 Friends gave me some home made, but I use it for cooking only. I never had a daquiri. Not very common in Europe. 🤔

My splurge today was some pieces of old Dutch cheese 9 dollars for a small piece, and some small jars of peanut butter 4 dollars a jar. Import, so it's expensive..
I love tea as well, but first I have to finish the drawer full of tea that I still have 🤔
Btw, I have started making a visual kpi dashboard for our investing and spending. So much fun to do, and really useful 👍🏻

Angela Barker September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

Seems like you are back on track!!!!!!!!!!

Beckie Bolen September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

I loved that you showed your favorite things. The simple things in life can bring the most pleasure! You guys are awesome!!

Theresa September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

I love seeing how excited & happy Amy is with her inexpensive splurges! I love a good tea as well and find it a definite worthy splurge in my day. I'm constantly on the hunt for the perfect herbal mint chocolate tea. Each time I find a good one, it seems to get discontinued but I still love the delicious hunt 😉

Miraj Walk Vlog September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

Nice vlog

Henry Rivas September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

Can you post the tax resources..not sure i understand exact wording! Happy Wednesday!! Thank you!

Paula Dosch September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

Tim and Amy, if you are outside the US for 330 days or more (in coming years), please check out the FEIE (Foreign Earned Income Exclusion). This is part of the US Tax Code and is a legal way for you to exclude EARNED income from US taxes. Channel income would count as self-employed income, but don't think your portfolio (Wall Street) income withdrawn could be counted toward Earned Income. I'm getting smart on all this stuff, but am not an expert. You should read up on it!

LOVE your drive-in Daiquiris in New Orleans!! I was there a couple of years ago and I got one called a Crawgater, and you have to stop and think before drinking absent-mindedly as they seem like a great-tasting Slurpee!!

amy colucci September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

The passenger can drink the daquiri in the car ! You can also drink in an uber
God i love new orleans!!!! I used to sell color street!! Still use them!! Love them. They sre only in the usa right now

Passive Income Tom September 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm

Great tips you shared here on your nomadic journey. 👍


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