freedom · Increasing Income · relationships · Step 4: Cutting Costs

Is Rigid Thinking Keeping Me Poor?

Over the last month, I’ve been newly able to notice rigid thinking in people beyond myself. That’s kinda funny to me… How did I not notice it before? The diagnostic manual talks about it, as do many books on brain quirks, but I’m only newly able to recognize it. (Secretly, I have my fingers crossed… Continue reading Is Rigid Thinking Keeping Me Poor?

Ch 25: Helping Locally and Globally · home · Step 10: Saving by Spending · Step 4: Cutting Costs

Third Space: A Creative Solution to Housing Costs

Where I live, housing (rent or ownership) costs are among the highest in the world. Some of us feel compelled to live here anyway. In my case, it’s so that my son has access to various supports and services. When he ages out of those, we’ll likely move to a cheapo part of the world.… Continue reading Third Space: A Creative Solution to Housing Costs

children · home · relationships · Step 4: Cutting Costs

…and then right before Santa comes…

…we frugal, inventive parents have a moment of anxiety. “I got her too little stuff!” “This pile is way too tiny!” “What was I thinking, getting him so many books, free from the library’s used pile at that?” lol. Yep, this is par for the course. For many of us, swimming against the current of… Continue reading …and then right before Santa comes…

disability planning · home · Step 4: Cutting Costs

Patience: The Million Dollar Trait

It’s true for those hypercapable, disability-free folks too, but what makes me the most money, by far, is patience. A deep, quiet commitment to allowing the optimal process to complete. Four months for the bank to open that independent investing account. Six months for the college to process the grant application. A nine-hour drive, and… Continue reading Patience: The Million Dollar Trait

Ch 12: Self Advocacy · Step 4: Cutting Costs

How To Get That Thing You’re Covered For

If I were able to give only two tips, it would be: “record all expenses” and demonstrate your eligibility. The second is reflected in the following true story. In amongst a host of atypical experiences, my child is missing some teeth. They didn’t develop in utero. As a result, he requires some orthodontic care. Even though bones… Continue reading How To Get That Thing You’re Covered For