Will 2021 Be Our First “Normal” FIRE Year?

The other day we were on a video chat with a few friends who are working towards reaching FIRE (financial independence / retire early) themselves and talking about everyone’s plans for next year and one of them said, “Hey 2021 will be your first normal FIRE Year!” That hilarious blurt reminded us of how unusual the idea of traveling full time is for lots of people. So ok fine, perhaps 2021 will be our first normal year after reaching FIRE since we’ll no longer be nomads. Yippee we’ll finally be normal (*bursts into laughter)!

One thing’s for sure, reaching FIRE has allowed us a ton of flexibility in choosing our lifestyle. We started our post-FIRE years as full time international travelers, and now we’re getting excited about the idea of setting up a home base in Arizona next year. No doubt 2021 will be full of challenges and there will be many ups and downs, but hopefully 2021 will feel a lot more stable for everyone.

Because we’re setting up our new home and planning to spend the majority of our time there next year, there are a lot of details to think about. Most of the time we’re sleeping really well these days, but we both have a lot on our minds as we think about 2021. Including…

  • Things that really matter:
    • Continued COVID-related struggles and suffering for too many people
    • Continued American political drama
    • Continued violence against people of color and LGBTQ people
  • Things that probably aren’t worth worrying about, but still keep us up at night:
    • Buying a car
    • Paying for ACA health insurance
    • Paying for major tree work on our new property
    • Paying for construction work on a separate rental space for our housemate
    • Buying things so we can set up our home
    • Paying utilities every month
    • Possibly spending beyond our budget for the first time since reaching FIRE
    • Having much less travel time

Giving Ourselves Time to Think and Plan

Right now we’re staying in a tiny home on the Isle of Wight in England enjoying our last trip as full time nomads (for now). The Airbnb owner at our current place built this tiny home behind a Victorian era building at the back of a narrow High Street lot, replacing the family’s old potato shed. We love that story, and we love this 24×24 cottage. Staying here has given us a lot of inspiration for our own home, which is 30×36, and the separate rental space for our future housemate as well. It feels good to be here imagining and planning for the work we’ll do on our own property next year.

Our 3+ month trip to England also allowed us to keep our 2020 global health insurance plan with IMG through the end of this year, and for up to 180 days in 2021 as well. We would have disqualified ourselves from our existing insurance before the end of October if we didn’t take one last trip out of the USA. We had already paid for our insurance through the end of the year and we want to be in good standing with IMG as well. But most importantly, we weren’t ready to get on the ACA in 2020. As of today we need to stay in England for 27 more days until our global health insurance renews for 2021. At that point we can switch to monthly payments, cancel IMG when we’re ready, and also let our old and new insurance plans overlap a bit.

The second reason we came to England for the winter is that back in September we weren’t ready to settle down in our new home and live full time in the USA just yet. The decision to buy a home of our own was strategic but it was also spontaneous and ahead of the schedule we had agreed to. We wanted to give ourselves time to adjust to our lifestyle change, both emotionally and financially. We had cash ready for our home purchase, but we didn’t want to then also start making additional purchases in 2020 for things like a car and furniture which we’ll need when we move into our new house. And we were still reeling from spending five months in the USA this year when we had only planned for a couple of weeks. So we went ahead with our plan to spend the winter in England, which was an awesome way to wrap up our nomad chapter (for now).

Our IMG global health insurance plan would have been canceled before the end of October if we stayed in the USA for more than 180 days. So we continued our nomad life until end of year as planned.

Adjusting to a Different Set of Tax Obligations

When we started planning for living in one place again we assumed we would go back to Washington State, where there are zero state income taxes. But instead we bought a house in Arizona so we’ll be paying taxes and voting in Arizona starting in 2021. This will be our first year paying state income taxes in decades, a thing we haven’t done since we were still in our 20s and living in California (otherwise known as the land of incredibly high income taxes).

Starting in 2021 we’ll also be paying property taxes again as well. As for federal taxes, our goal as early retirees is to keep our total taxable income within the USA’s 12% income tax bracket and 0% capital gains tax bracket. We assume there will only be minor changes to the lower income tax brackets starting in 2021 when President Biden passes his tax plan, but it sounds like there will be increases in corporate taxes as well as individual income taxes for those making over $400,000 annually. 

We’re ready to shift the way we pay for housing costs away from using all of our housing budget on lump sum payments for short term Airbnb stays in various locations. By the end of January in 2021 we’ll start using our housing budget to pay for property taxes, insurance, and utilities on our own property. Even though we’ll be paying more taxes we’ll have the ability to turn on and off the kinds of income we draw from our portfolio and also choose the amount of income we use. Most of our income at this point is in the form of qualified dividends and capital gains, which are taxed at a much lower rate than ordinary income. Our Roth conversions are taxed at ordinary income rates and even though those funds are not spendable now the conversions push our taxable income up.

Roth conversions are the largest part of our 2020 taxable income, and conversions remain a priority for us since we still have 42% of our portfolio in tax deferred IRAs.

Planning For Roth Conversions

When we run different simulations on our portfolio showing growth as well as annual withdrawals for living expenses, it seems clear that Roth conversions will work in our favor. The original goal was to completely empty our IRA accounts and move all of those funds into our Roth accounts, but even good plans have to change sometimes. Our goal at this point is to make annual conversions that are big enough to help secure tax-free money for our long-term care needs at the end of our lives, but also small enough to help us qualify for partial ACA subsidies right now. When we’re elderly we want to be able to take reasonable withdrawals to cover our living expenses, and if we don’t make Roth conversions now our RMD withdrawals would greatly exceed even the largest budget we can imagine needing. This is a great problem to have, but it’s still something we want to fix if we can.

Our Roth conversions will be targeted to fit within our Married Filing Jointly personal deduction which is $25,100 in 2021, up from $24,800 in 2020. Our ordinary income tax Roth conversions would ideally be offset by our deduction, making them tax free.

In 2019 we converted $62k from our IRAs to our Roths, and our plan for 2021 seems very clear with a much smaller Roth conversion of around 15k. It’s the 2020 plan that’s a bit more complicated since it’s our last chance for a bigger conversion before we get on the ACA. We converted $29k during the COVID Crash earlier this year, and we’d like to do another Roth conversion of about the same amount before the end of the year.

As of today we’re in the middle of finalizing our plan for a second Roth conversion, keeping in mind the link between taxable income levels and ACA subsidies. Premium subsidies are tax credits so we’re working with our CPA to finalize our plan. Unlike most tax credits, we can take premium subsidies in advance to adjust what we pay to our health insurer. Or we can claim the entire amount on our tax return just like any other tax credit. We don’t want to pay unsubsidized premiums and wait for a refund as a tax return. If we apply for the ACA after we file our 2020 tax return we can use our estimated 2021 income based on what we actually submit to the IRS in order to prove we qualify for subsidies and avoid paying full premiums throughout the year. That’s the other reason we’re thrilled to have access to our current global health insurance until July of 2021.

We’re always running simulations in our super-mega-complex-magic-FIRE-life spreadsheet. Below we’re sharing a few screenshots of the types of graphs we generate as we test our portfolio by throwing the kitchen sink at it.

In this graph we simulated the standard advice of waiting to take Social Security until 70, and accepting IRA RMDs after age 72. In this simulation our RMDs are huge, throwing us into a high tax bracket when we’re elderly which is not what we want or need.
In this graph we ran a simulation where we each take Social Security early at age 62, do Roth conversions for 9 years, and start taking withdrawals from IRAs after that. Even these small changes prevent those massive RMDs.
After running the two simulations above we noticed that Roth conversions probably won’t make a huge difference in total portfolio value. But some combination of conversions and accessing IRAs sooner will make a huge difference in lifetime taxes owed, along with avoiding massive RMDs and high income taxes after age 72.

Planning for Long-Term Care

The other bonus of Roth conversions is longer tax-free growth in our Roth accounts instead of leaving 42% of our money compounding for decades in tax-deferred IRAs. We like the idea of paying more taxes now in a lower tax bracket in order to pay fewer taxes when we’re elderly and possibly dealing with health issues. We hate the idea of being forced to take huge IRA RMDs and being pushed into a higher tax bracket when we’re elderly and need our money the most.

There’s certainly a chance that one or both of us will need assisted living, or skilled nursing, or memory care when we’re elderly (unless I find a vampire and we live forever in good vampire health). My grandmother needed skilled nursing and memory care when she was elderly, and I carry the same Alzheimer’s risk gene as well. I also think about the fact that Alison is 10 years older than me and 6’3” tall, where I’m only 5’2.” If Alison needs help when she’s elderly there’s no way I will be able to lift her. For these and a million other reasons, we definitely want to be prepared to pay for whatever type of assistance we might need down the road.

My grandmother paid into a long-term care insurance plan, and it’s a good thing she did because it turned out to be exactly what she needed when her Alzheimer’s progressed to the point where she could no longer walk or feed herself. Alison and I are not going to buy long-term care insurance, we’re going to self-insure for our long-term care needs. We want to move enough money over to our Roths to grow for a few decades so we can pull out tax-free growth and keep our taxes lower when we are elderly and dealing with health issues.

New Budget for Settling in the USA

Over the past couple of months in England we’ve had time to adjust our budget for next year to match the higher cost of living in the USA. We’ve also designed our 2021 withdrawal plan to accommodate a year of higher spending with both cost of living expenses as well as expenses for setting up our new home. We haven’t had to pay home utilities in a few years so that’s a change to our spending plan as we switch back to being homeowners. After doing some research we have a pretty good idea for what some of our monthly utility costs will be, most importantly water and sewer. Welcome to the water-starved desert state of Arizona!

Our new monthly utilities in 2021:

  • Water and Sewer: $72.73/month just as a base, with actual usage costs added to the base (WOW!)
  • Trash and Recycle: $34.64/month
  • Internet: $49/month for standard or $65/month for fiber (we haven’t decided on a plan yet)
  • Gas: I’ve heard this is relatively affordable
  • Electricity: I’ve heard this is relatively expensive

For now we’ll keep our Traveling Mailbox account even though we’ll be living in one place again. This system has worked really well for us and became part of our routine back when we were still living in one place in Seattle. We’ve already paid our $299 annual fee which covers us until July 21, 2021. So we can cancel our account next summer if we find we don’t need it anymore. We’re thinking having a housemate in AZ along with online billing and almost every account being paperless will cover our mailbox needs even if we start traveling for longer periods again.

We have a lot of one-time planned purchases for next year since we’re setting up our new home. Including larger expense like buying a car, setting up a separate space for our future housemate, and doing some significant tree work on our property (*cringe). Whether we buy things new or used it’s still going to make us uncomfortable to shop and buy things after buying almost nothing for the past five years and more as we worked our way to FIRE. Thankfully we don’t need to buy everything on our list at once, there are a lot of things on the list below that we can let slide for a while.

This is our list of one-time purchases we have budgeted for in 2021, and we’ll buy used as often as possible…

  • New used car
  • 2 beds, mattresses, and linens
  • Bed frames and other bedroom furniture
  • Living room furniture, like a couch, some tables, and a couple of comfy chairs
  • Dining room furniture, like a small bar and a table with chairs
  • Bathroom and kitchen towels
  • Kitchen basics like silverware and other utensils
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Washer and dryer
  • Small freezer
  • Sewing machine
  • Outdoor BBQ
  • Home maintenance tools 
  • Yard work tools
  • And probably a million other little things
Making lists of things we plan to buy gives us both the heebie-jeebies! We just have to keep reminding ourselves that this is all part of the plan, and be mindful of our spending whenever possible.

Modified Emergency Fund Plan

Since 2021 will be a bigger spending year we’re adjusting to make things easier on ourselves and on our portfolio. For example, we’re adjusting our emergency fund plan. The old plan a million years ago in 2020 (*bursts into laughter) was to maintain three years of living expenses as an emergency fund, on top of having the current year’s living expenses on hand in cash. For 2021 we’ll only be holding two years of living expenses as an emergency fund, on top of having our 2021 living expenses on hand in cash. That will help us set aside more funds specifically for home setup, separate from our living expenses. We’re comfortable with a two year emergency fund for now and we can always change it again later, because the priority is taking care of our portfolio during this big spending year. We don’t want to withdraw any more money from our investments than we absolutely have to.

Getting on the ACA and Qualifying for Subsidies

One of the most important things we need to do next year is to start paying for ACA health insurance in Arizona. It’s reassuring that we can end our IMG plan and move onto the ACA in a Special Enrollment Period anytime before July 1. We haven’t chosen our 2021 ACA plan yet but we’re hoping to get our premiums to be similar or even lower than our global plan premiums.

We have some FIRE friends in the USA who have managed to manufacture low enough post-retirement income to qualify for maximum subsidies that make their ACA premiums very close to zero. That’s not as easy for us since we want to do Roth conversions.

Depending on the Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) we produce in 2021, it looks like we can qualify for an ACA subsidy as high as $1,686 per month and our options for silver plans in Flagstaff, Arizona range wildly. The premium scale we’re looking at goes from around $100 per month for the lowest cost silver plan with a high subsidy and no Roth conversions, to as much as $2,111.71 per month for the highest cost silver plan with no subsidy and larger Roth conversions. We’ve decided we won’t consider any gold level plans for now, but we will compare all of the silver and even bronze level plans for next year since we are relatively healthy and have a relatively large emergency fund.

Warning, this is not the typical generic federal poverty level (FPL) graphic! This chart combines our actual dollars for 2019 and 2020, and estimates for 2021, with FPLs and income levels for a family of two. We didn’t qualify for subsidies in 2019, and once we do our second Roth conversion (not pictured) this year our MAGI will jump above the 400% FPL again. But in 2021 we will manufacture our income level to qualify for ACA subsidies.

Our 2021 Withdrawal Plan

2021 will be our first year of really dipping into our investments for living expenses since we started our post-FIRE lives with five years of living expenses in cash. It seems ironic that our first time truly depending on our personal safe withdrawal plan for living expenses includes needing extra cash for other things like a car purchase.

Our withdrawal plan for now has us depending entirely on our brokerage account for our living expenses for the next few years. We’re also considering the idea of dipping into Alison’s rollover IRA for part of our living expenses after she’s 59.5 years old. We’re running tons of simulations in our super-mega-complex-magic-FIRE-life spreadsheet looking for the right allocation mix for withdrawals and maximized portfolio growth. Relying partially on Alison’s IRA without penalties combined with our brokerage account will help us empty that IRA account before RMDs would start. This new withdrawal strategy will help us manage smaller Roth conversions, reduce RMDs, and lower our lifetime tax obligations as well, which is the triple crown in our AOC safe withdrawal plan.

We’re Heading Home!

I was looking at our Packing List to remind myself of how few worldly possessions we still have right now. We have two bags with us and we still have two bags of clothes at my sister’s house in California, which we’ll be picking up in January. We’ll also be picking up some artwork and special family belongings from our storage unit in Seattle in January, and we’ll be very happy to stop paying for our little storage unit. Once we gather all of our worldly goods at our new house I assume our relatively small supply of clothes and shoes will look funny in our new closet, and that kind of minimalism will make us happy. We’ll probably need to buy a few more things right away though since we expect winter snow and we have nothing to wear in that kind of weather. Once we’re all setup it will feel great to have more of the things we appreciate in a home, like a king-sized bed with plenty of good pillows, enough bowls and cups and silverware in the kitchen, and comfortable chairs. Why is it so hard to find comfy chairs in Airbnb’s???

I think 2021 will be a really good year, though I doubt it will feel any more normal than our full time travels. Is this kind of big spending all in one year normal? I hope not! We look forward to fully embracing a new location that we chose together, and getting to know a town we’re still really unfamiliar with. We’re excited about owning a home of our own that we paid for in cash, and we look forward to having a housemate. We’re also excited to be living in the middle of all of our family for the first time. We each have a sister and some nieces and nephews in California; a nephew in Colorado; Alison’s younger sister, mom, and niece in Arizona; and I’m very excited that we’ll be living so much closer to my little brother in New Mexico and my youngest sister in Texas.

As for travel, I might want a short trip to Mexico for my birthday next year if we can cover it all with our remaining travel credits. But the real priority is a longer trip towards the end of next year since our youngest niece recently announced that she wants to take her first international trip next Fall and she wants to do that with us. So I’m hoping for a couple of weeks traveling with our niece next year if we can all three get vaccinated for Covid. Fingers and toes are crossed!

As of today we only have to wait 23 more days until this crazy pandemic year is behind us, and only 42 more days until the next American President is sworn in and things in the USA can really start to improve. Hallelujah! That’s all we want for Christmas. I love the idea that we won’t arrive at our new home or settle into our new life until after a new President is sworn in!

That’s us out for a wintery nighttime stroll on the Isle of Wight in England.

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  1. Absolutely LOVED the detail in this post, especially the financial planning portion (we are constant planners and analyzers too) but as Canadians a couple of your acronyms are not familiar to us. What is Roth? Similar to our RSP (Retirement Savings Plans) which allowed us to defer taxes when we invested and pay after age 65 when we withdraw the money (at hopefully a lower tax rate than when we were working? And what on earth is FIRE ??

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    • Thank you Rose 🙂

      We do love constant planning so we have that in common with you two. Yay money nerds!

      Roth IRAs are our retirement account option for prepaying taxes and then withdrawing funds tax-free and without penalties, as long as we make withdrawals after age 59.5. I think our Roths are like your TFSA accounts with tax-free withdrawals? And I think your RSP plans are more like our traditional IRAs since they are tax-deferred. Your tax system in Canada is so different from ours, but we’ve heard people talk about how much they love their RSPs and TSFAs, they each have a lot of interesting benefits our IRAs and Roths don’t have. I love that you can make withdrawals from a TFSA at any age for example.

      FIRE = financial independence/retire early

      Also, we were both looking at your website and it sure looks familiar! I think we have the same wordpress template 😁


  2. Great thorough post as always ladies! Here here to 2021 and all that’s in store! Sure it wasn’t planned to go this way when you initially FIREd but that’s the fun to it all. Life is fluid and it’s important to be flexible. I think it just may be your best year yet! Love your analytical brains and that spreadsheet is so magical! Reading this post made me even more thankful to not have to think about health insurance up here impacting our FIRE plans/withdrawals.

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    • Awww thanks! We are doing our best to stay flexible and it’s all going well so far. If 2021 turns out to be our best year yet we are certainly ok with that. And seriously we do admire your healthcare system up there in Canada. It’s funny you mention that because in my first draft when I listed the range of premium prices I had originally included something like, “Our buddies in Canada are going to see these prices and gasp!” We were thinking of you! 😁


  3. We’re playing that conversion/ACA subsidy game for 2021 as well since I’m opting to not have our board work cover our healthcare expenses.

    We’re in Fort Worth, so when you, post-vaccine, decide to visit sis in Texas, we’d love to meet up with you somewhere!

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    • I love that we are Roth conversion/ACA subsidy buddies, that is awesome! It’s impossible to predict when this new post-vaccine era will exist but I hope it’s next year. Whenever our trip to Texas does happen it would be fun to meet you guys, so thank you for the offer! 🙂


  4. As someone considering early retirement I really appreciate your blog and the depth of insight behind it. For instance, your concept of having a low cost home base in AZ with the flexibility to travel is very appealing. That said the biggest challenge that I am try to wrap my mind around is health insurance in early retirement. Every year the insurance plans offered as part of the ACA have become more and more limited, based around a very narrow geography. I’ve seen a lot of potential alternative models offered like health sharing ministries, but am concerned that in an emergency situation they will not cover you as well as you think they will. In my opinion the most critical part of a standard health insurance is the out of pocket maximum.

    Since in 2021 you guys are going with an ACA plan, how are you guys planning to cover your health insurance needs when 1) traveling out of state and 2) traveling out of the country? I thought getting health international insurance like IMG Global might be a way to solve for that, but you guys are moving away from that. Would really value your perspective on the whole health insurance conundrum. 🙂

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    • Thank you for the comment!

      The American health insurance system is super flawed as everyone probably knows. But hopefully it will keep evolving and do so more quickly than it has in the past. If our system looked more like Canada’s system or the UK we’d be really happy.

      Regarding our global insurance plan with IMG, there’s only one reason we aren’t keeping it in 2021. And that’s our commitment to “stay home” in the USA for most of the year. We can’t meet the eligibility requirement for IMG, to be outside of the USA for more than 180 days next year. If we could figure out a way to keep our IMG plan next year we absolutely would be doing that.

      Personally we would never consider health share ministries, since they are not insurance, can refuse to cover you when you need them most, and also because they tend to be tools for religious prejudice as well.

      We want standard USA health insurance if we are living in the USA. Our philosophy is that health insurance is wealth insurance. We just completed the process of selecting a 2021 ACA plan and we both feel very relieved. We had to modify our withdrawal plan and really do some work on our income plan for next year to get a subsidy and monthly premiums we are comfortable with. We are feeling good about it.

      When we travel out of state we’ll still be covered for emergencies just as we would be in our home state. We will pay close attention to the importance of seeking care “in network” and hope to avoid any out of network costs. And when we travel out of the USA next year we’ll probably get a short-term trip plan from IMG, but I will definitely do some research on the latest prices and current companies including the newest ones. 👌 😁


  5. So very excited for you both in this next chapter of your journey! Such detailed planning too, love it.

    The key aim through the modernization of our particular pandemic bolthole has been to have the house meet Airbnb standards, that way as plans evolve we can rent it out shorter term keeping all of our furniture as tax write-off-able items and letting the place earn for us as we potentially get back to future traveling again. We’re even planning a little lockable space at the back of the attic for all of our personal belongings.

    Ironically the only real issue is actually our little cheap to run car that we plan to keep forever, finding a place for it to live for free while we travel without feeling like it’s a burden on anyone’s driveway. Worst case when we’re not driving it around Europe it can maybe live outside the house sans battery and the neighbors just have to deal with it as a parking obstacle..we’ll see.

    So see you on that beach in Bali then? Hehehe

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    • We have also talked about the idea of renting out our house after we get it fixed up. Though during one of our chats about managing our income in order to have at least smaller health insurance subsidies it occurred to us that having income from an Airbnb will complicate the income game even more. Sheesh. But it’s still an option we will be considering. Though we will also be open to house swapping and having house sitters stay for free, in case you know anyone who might want to do that. 🤣 🤣 🤣

      And yes to Bali!


  6. I’m also a huge fan of seeing you do the settling-down part in detail after the world-nomad part! Makes me realize that the calculations don’t really stop when you hit the number (I guess I should have known that, but we’re pretty far from FI so it just hadn’t hit me yet. Thanks for being so open and sharing the details!

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    • Reaching FIRE does often mean for many people that we can stop worrying about money. But for us the calculations will never stop because we enjoy working our spreadsheets and running simulations so much. Money nerds!

      Hey we were just looking at your website and have to say – love it! Your graphics are fun, and your writing personality. You have a great perspective to share so keep it up!

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  7. My goodness! I’m going to have to re-read this many times for some of it to sink in. I’d been thinking I wouldn’t worry about managing conversions, etc but that lifetime taxes owed chart is breathtaking. Keep sharing this information!! it’s definitely telling me I have to pay closer attention that I might care to about how I manage what I’ve saved.

    Drat, I was hoping just saving was all I had to be responsible for! 🙂

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    • This post is a deep into the weeds for sure, and I’m glad you enjoyed it! It’s always possible that Roth conversions won’t sway your entire portfolio like they do ours. But it’s really worth checking just in case if you have a very large portion of your retirement money in a tax-deferred account like us. 😁


    • Thank you for this comment! We never want to tell other people what they should do because one size does not fit all. Our goal is to talk about our own FI experiences as much as possible so people can figure out what works for them and keep learning about FI. If you find anything we write to be helpful for you that makes me happy!


  8. Just thought i’d add — the internet part doesn’t make much difference if you just do normal things (browse internet, watch youtube, etc).
    I have standard internet since fiber is not in my area and i don’t regret paying less. Just keep your eyes peeled for their router rental equipment. If you don’t bring your own box/equipment, they’ll tack on at least $15 every single month. Best to just get some Google Nest wifi boxes and be done with it forever.

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    • Funny – we were talking about getting Google wifi points since we need some kind of wifi boost system between our living space and our housemate’s living space. We might go with Google if they promise not to have the Google Assistant constantly interrupting and trying to talk to us. 🤣


  9. A perhaps in between option for your mail once your traveling mailbox account ends: USPS Informed Delivery.

    It’s free, and you get an email in the morning with scanned photos of what is coming in your mail that day. I found it really handy when I’ve been out of town in the past, coupled with me taking the time to ensure that every single account, brokerage, utility company, doctor, and more are signed up for paperless communications and billing. It’s rare now that anything time sensitive or important may be in my incoming mail at this point. But it’s peace of mind if I’m away for 6 weeks that if something *were* to come in that needed my attention ASAP I could ask a friend to pop over and open it for me, rather than needing someone to check my mail every day in person.


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    • This is a really interesting option. However, it looks like we will have a house mate by mid June so I think we are going to be covered soon regarding mail. And 99% of all our important stuff is set for paperless so we get less and less mail regardless. But it does look like our address is eligible for the service so we just might sign up. Thanks!!!


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