Financial Impacts of Moving


Last glimpse of our empty Texas house

The prevailing theme of this blog over the last few months has revolved around our recent move from the US to the UK.  Huge life changes like this often come with massive financial impacts.

Fortunately for us, the actual move itself was free.  Packing and shipping our household goods, airfare to London, and temporary lodging were all paid by the US Government.  After all, they were the ones responsible for our move.  For our family of five, I’d estimate the value of these services exceeded $15,000.

However, before moving we needed to sell our house along with many of our other possessions. Continue reading

The Dark Ages or the Age of Enlightenment: Five Weeks Without TV and Internet


Those of you who have been following us for a while know that for the last three months we’ve been in the midst of a huge move overseas.  As part of a military permanent change of station, or PCS, we have been reassigned from a stateside base in Texas to a Royal Air Force base in the UK.  Here’s a quick timeline to refresh your memory and get our new readers up to speed. Continue reading

Third Quarter Passive Income Update

It has been quite some time since we’ve provided an update on our passive income streams or discussed anything finance-related.  Between everything involved with moving overseas and not having a home internet connection for the majority of the last two months, this has pretty much fallen off our radar.  Thankfully, these income streams are passive, so they’ve just been chugging along as usual.


I was really hoping to grow our dividends by about 25% over last year, but we’ve hit a few bumps in the road.  Namely, one individual stock in which we hold a fairly large position cut its dividend by 89% earlier this year costing us roughly $460 over the last two quarters.  Secondly, each of our index funds paid out significantly lower dividends this past quarter than they did the same quarter last year. Continue reading

Things Don’t Always Have To Go Exactly As Planned


As planned, I found myself waiting for a flight on an early mid-September morning.  My excitement for this trip had been building for weeks.  Who would I meet?  What new opportunities would arise?  How would this trip influence my future?  The possibilities seemed endless.

But there was only one problem.

This wasn’t the trip I was originally supposed to take.  It wasn’t the one I’d planned for.  So what happened? Continue reading

Time For Another Move


Just as we were settling into a nice routine, it all came to an end.  We’d spent the last 23 days in temporary lodging, a 952 sq ft apartment on base.  Sleeping was a little tight because of bed sizes/configurations, but we had all the essentials.  It was nice and we got comfortable.

Until yesterday, that is.

We moved out of temporary lodging and into our new house.  While we should be ecstatic, Continue reading