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Inflation-Adjusted Happiness

Last weekend, we went to New York City to unwind and discover the Big Apple. It was a great way to forget about our daily routines and enjoy the high-pace of the city. A few weeks before our trip, we planned a few activities and booked our hotel with reward points. We booked a hotel in Midtown (Time Square) for $325 a night but we actually paid a total of $0.00 for our whole stay.
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Traveling the World, Priceless

.In the year of 2016, we optimized our spending and coordinated multiple credit card applications to maximize our travel rewards. Over the year, we applied for multiple TD cards, each a CIBC card, multiple American Express cards, and an MBNA Alaska Airline card each. (Using these affiliate links will give you a bigger welcome bonus or cash back.)

All in all, we accumulated over 250,000 Aeroplan points, over 10 free hotel nights, and over 50,000 Alaska Miles.
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We Only Spent $2,359 on our Honeymoon

Last September, we got married and waited until the winter to go off on our honeymoon. After much consideration, we decided to escape the snow in Mexico. With a few travel hack and rewards points, we were able to cut our costs down drasticaly. All through our trip, we have kept a tab and tracked our expenses to share with you guys.
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Traveling Through South-East Asia on a Budget

Way back in 2009, before I had met my wife and way before I discovered the early retirement concept, my parents took us (me and my sisters) to a long trip in South-East Asia. During this trip, we traveled through Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos, flying through continents, walking through borders, and backpacking across mountain ranges. Traveling there and meeting the locals and ex-pats really opened my eyes to what I would later label as; Financial Independence.
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One Step Richer

 

Sometimes, I feel poor.

My bank account has a low balance and I use credit cards for all my purchases.

 

This might be the hard reality of many people living paycheck to paycheck. However, I choose to live like this to optimize my savings and live a better, happier, life. 🙂 For example, I do not keep a large balance in my bank account since it pays a whopping 0% in interest.
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