1. Al

    You can get rid of your Skype subscription by using your Google Voice account number as your real US number.

    You can connect to Google Voice using Hangouts dialer app on Android, and there is no fee. You can have 100% US phone number and unlimited calling to Canada / US local phone numbers using this method.

    I personally have never had issues with this approach.

    • I agree with you on the Skype subscription. I have my doubts regarding its value. I usually use my Google Voice number as my “real” phone number, and it does seem to work well enough for me.

    • PoPo,
      You know how I don’t like to waste money on services I don’t want or need. Let’s see if I can drive that bill all the way down to $0.

  2. Megan

    It won’t allow me to comment on old posts but I’m so glad I found your blog! It is so inspiring and impressive. I have so many thoughts running through my head after reading post after post.
    I’ve given my mom the link to your blog, she is a school guidance counselor and she knows absolutely nothing about her 403b etc.
    I know you posted the $7500
    Degree post back in March of 2016 but do you still believe that to be a viable option? I want to pursue that with vigor! I’ve been wanting to go back and get my degree but the thought of 4 years seems like auch a long, long time and obviously the more I wait the 4 years just seems to seem like an eternity. I feel like I’ll be one of those 80 year olds finally graduating college by the time I actually do it, but then I read that post of yours and felt excited and I want to see if it can actually be done!

    • Megan,
      Thanks for the kind words! Please help your Mom figure out her 403b, she might be leaving money on the table.

      As for your degree, the Excelsior College options looks to still be a viable option. Here are the credit requirements for their B.A. in Liberal Arts and B.S. in Liberal Arts degrees. Both degrees look very doable to me. Get on it and keep us posted! Ed

  3. ElleX

    Wow! I am always amazed at how you are able to get most out of every dollar!!!!!

    Right now, I pay about $13 to $15 a month for Republic Wireless. My internet is $51 and is reimbursed by my employer since I work from home.

    No landline but I do have a Google Voice number for $0.

    No cable, Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Amazon Prime. (I promise you that I am not bored!!!!!

    • ElleX,
      Way. To. Go. $15 a month is tiny bill. It’s funny how small bills and taxes can be when you consciously decide to keep them in check. Instead, most people prefers to whine about how expensive everything is. If it’s expensive, count me out. Once again, nice work! Ed

  4. I am actually getting my wife to follow your blog as well. We are more and more open to moving south to Mexico. I am not as fluent as I was (I have a degree in Spanish and used to translate a long-time ago) but in a few months time I could get it back. Your housing prices and lifestyle seem awfully good to us right now. Cheers. BTW, would you ever teach at an international school down in Mexico if the market goes down (and it will of course)?

  5. Hello Jason,
    Your Spanish would be humming along after 3-5 days without a doubt. Sometimes I feel a little rusty when I’m Stateside, but give me a few days and a couple of drinks and presto…I’m awesome (at least in my own mind!). The cost of living can be whatever you want it to be; we stay within $1,500 to $2,000 a month in Mexico. As for teaching abroad, I can’t say I’ve given it much thought. I’m kind of tired of the classroom these days. I still enjoy being around the kids, but I don’t feel like much of a teacher these days. It’s funny how you change over the course of your life. See you in Mexico. Ed

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