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I love California. The weather is nice. The ocean isn’t too far. The sushi and Mexican food is good. Why would we want to leave? SoCal may be right for a couple less focused on saving money and planning out a sustainable future together, but it wasn’t a good fit for us. Thinking of living in SoCal? Here’s a couple reasons why we chose not to stay there. If any of these are a concern for you, you might want to consider other places too. And hey, if you’re feeling adventurous, you might even switch from the seemingly perfect, beachy SoCal to the deserty Southwest. Traffic LA traffic is legendarily bad. We avoided LA, only going there a couple times while we lived there. Overall SoCal traffic is just slightly less miserable than LA. I remember being stuck in traffic for about 2 hours going to my job about 20…

At some point in your life you decided to start trying to save money. It’s a smart move! For me, it was mainly once I moved to Irvine, but I grew up in a frugal household and it’s kind of just become a habit. Whenever family members give us gift cards for holidays, they say “Get something you want, not just something you need.” Because otherwise we’ll buy something mundane like food or silverware. Avoiding spending money just comes easily to us. We question every purchase and determine whether it is something we actually need. Yes, we probably overthink our financial decisions a bit much. While our actions are more on the extreme end of saving money, there are smaller steps you can take to get started. We’ve noticed a couple different actions that easily add up, but can also be easily avoided. 1. Eating out When we first started…

Mornings are hard. I am not a morning person. In my old routine I would pretty much just wake up, throw some cereal and coffee in my mouth and ride off to school. But, once Evan and I started trying to gain more weight, I had to eat more like an actual adult and less like a college student. When we began making real food, it took a lot longer, like half an hour. But no one has that much time in their weekday mornings right? If you’re looking for some help with morning time management, you can use our system we’ve figured out. Both of us work together to cook, so this routine will probably take a bit longer for one person. I’ve added a letter next to each step to show who does what. The mission: cook eggs, coffee, and oatmeal fast enough so Evan has time to…

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