Though the concept of the “tiny house” has been with us for many years, it was simply that – a concept. A concept without vision and purpose that, until 2015, had taken us nowhere.
Before we hit the road in our tiny house, we decided to get our financial situation together.
- We’re paying off all of our debt, including the mortgage of the small house (where we’ll live when we’re not on the road).
- Once we pay off our debt, we’ll save money for investments.
- Then, we’ll seek passive income sources to sustain life on the road.
- Finally, we’ll build our tiny house and hit the road!
Because this is a marathon, not a sprint, we regularly consult many sources of inspiration to keep us going. New bloggers beginning their personal finance, FIRE, or minimalist journeys join the blogosphere daily, so we’ll add new bloggers periodically.
Personal Finance Bloggers
Adam Chudy: Adam offers personal finance advice and self-improvement tips I’ve applied to my life, and he has a keen interest in tiny houses!
Blonde on a Budget: Cait paid off her debt, pursues a minimalist lifestyle, and plans to travel Canada and the US.
Budgets Are Sexy & Rockstar Finance: J. Money has endless resources for everything from paying off debt to side hustles to financial freedom.
The Busy Budgeter: The first step to crushing our debt was figuring out where we spent our money–budgeting, for the win! Rosemarie can help you set up a budget.
Debt Free Guys: David and John wiped out their credit card debt and want to help everyone, especially the LGBT community how to manage their finances.
The Financial Diet: Chelsea’s focus on honest conversations about money forced us to be honest about how we spent our money.
The Freedom From Money: Taylor hustled her way to debt freedom and is on a path to financial freedom.
Gen Y Finance Guy: Gen Y blogs about his path to financial freedom and a net worth $10M.
Get Rich Slowly: The many staff writers offer tips for everything from using credit cards wisely to establishing an emergency fund.
Growing Slower: Shannon tackles saving money, earning more, and many more resources for individuals and families!
Hey, It’s Just Money!: J is on a journey to save more money (and worry less about it)!
JL Collins NH: Mr. Collins advocates of investing and F-You Money and has many, many must-read posts.
Making Sense of Cents: Michelle covers many topics in the personal finance space and recently moved into an RV full time!
Millennial Money Man: Bobby advocates for a life free of debt and offers tips on crushing your student loans.
Mixed Up Money: Alyssa is a hustler, working three jobs, and she blogs about personal finance in a very non-boring way.
Money Crashers: Money Crashers offers a ton of personal finance resources and information for everything from debt to taxes to retirement.
Money Mini Blog: Kalen offers a view of personal finance through a productivity lens with steps you can apply immediately to improve life and finances.
Money Under 30: David and his team tackle everything that young adults need to learn about saving and spending wisely.
Money Peach: Chris went from paycheck to paycheck to debt free and a personal finance coach with a client-success rate of 100%. Wow!
RetirementSavvy: James is a personal finance blogger and author helping others prepare for retirement, but he is also interested in tiny houses!
Think Enriched: Amy is a personal finance blogger and podcaster who offers a refreshing and reassuring approach to money.
The Thrifty Clan: Denise and her family are working to pay off all of their debt on the journey to financial freedom and offer tips on how others can get started on their own journeys.
The Yachtless: Sarah is on a path to figuring out money, especially the psychology of it all, because it’s never too late to give it a go.
Young Adult Money: DC is an author and personal finance blogger who covers a wide range of topics on his blog that also includes the contributions of many well-known personal finance writers.
Frugal Living Bloggers
Cash Cow Couple: Jacob and Vanessa are financial freedom gurus with an eye toward frugality.
Creating My Kaleidoscope : Harmony is on a personal journey of crushing debt with frugality and side hustling.
Frugal Rules: John is a financial services veteran with a resource-filled website of personal finance resources.
Femme Frugality: Femme is the quintessential hustler, freelancer, and frugality guru!
Frugaling: Sam writes about frugality from the perspective of conscious living and social justice.
Half Banked: Desirae is working to save half of her income and shares her challenges and revelations along the way!
Super Saving Tips: Gary wants to help you make your hard-earned cash go farther, from home to health, food to fun and more!
The Minimalists: Ryan and Joshua inspired us to live a purposeful existence by getting rid of the excess to focus on the essentials.
Mostly Mindful: Ang and Sporty are minimalists living in South Africa in a 345 sq ft apartment. They’re also vegans and ultramarathoners!
One Empty Shelf: Sal made big changes in her life, leaving behind a full-time job and a consumerist lifestyle in favor of meaningful work and the time and space to enjoy life.
Tiny House Bloggers
MiniMotives: Macy and her family live in a tiny house she personally designed that we use as a guideline for our own tiny house.
Small House Bliss: simply gorgeous small house pics
Small House Building: small house building tips and considerations
Tiny House Giant Journey: Jenna and Guillaume quit their jobs, built a road-worthy tiny house, and travel the world. Wow!
Tiny House Talk: Alex regularly shares interesting stories and photos of tiny housers.
Financial Independence Retire Early Bloggers
A Streamin’ Life & Think Save Retire: Steve and Courtney chronicle their journey to early retirement in late 2016 and early 2017, respectively. They now live in an Airstream as they prepare to embark on a grand adventure!
FI Big Sky: Mr. & Mrs. FI live in Montana and chronicle their FIRE journey by 2025!
Mad Money Monster: Mr. & Mrs. Mad Money Monster chronicle their journey to FIRE by 2021!
Mr. Fire Station: Eric retired early in April 2016 after a 27-year career!
Frugalwoods: Mr. & Mrs. FW, their daughter, and their dog are on their way to FI by age 33 and offer many thoughtful posts on the journey.
Gina Marie Fit: My sister’s blog on using fitness as the core tenet to achieving financial independence by age 30.
Go Curry Cracker: After saving up cash and investing well, the GCC family travels the world, an adventure they share on their blog along with personal finance tips.
Mr. & Mrs. 1500: Mrs. & Mrs. 1500 are less than a year away from early retirement and a portfolio of more than $1M.
Mr. Money Mustache: One of the earliest FIRE bloggers, Mr. MMM has been the inspiration for many FIRE journeys.
Northern Expenditure: Maggie and her family are on a journey to FIRE, and she writes many thought-provoking, research-supported posts.
Our Next Life: Mr. & Mrs. ONL are less than two years away from FIRE at the end of 2017 and they share many thought-provoking posts of the journey, their hopes, dreams, and struggles.
The Resume Gap: Matt and his partner are financially independent, quit their jobs, and hit the road in spring 2016 to travel the country!
Second Hand Millionaires: Andrew and Veronica are hustlin’ their way to debt freedom and FIRE by flipping the stuff they pick up at auctions!
Guest Blog Posts & PR for Two Cup House
Millennial Money Man shared our tips for avoiding lifestyle inflation. Check ’em out!
The Debt Free Guys interviewed us about our
big tiny plans! Watch the interview now.
Steve at Think Save Retire wrote about our downsizing journey. Check it out!
Femme Frugality also wrote about our downsizing journey. Woot! Check it out!
We took the Roth IRA Challenge (sort of) by Maggie at Northern Expenditure. Check it out!
6 Storage Secrets From Tiny House Dwellers via HGTV.com
Check out this review of our online SEO course from Maggie at Northern Expenditure.
Ang and Sporty featured our story in their Spotlight On minimalist blogger series! Check it out!
Allie Johnson quoted us in How To Ditch Stuff You Don’t Need and Move Into a Tiny House. Check it out!
An interview with Claudia on how to boost website traffic with an SEO website audit! Check it out!
Behind the Screens Interview with Claudia and Garrett! Check it out!
Steve’s review of SEO Audit Guide, a side hustle pursuit! Check it out!
Three lessons to know before pursuing a side hustle via Think Save Retire
What’s it like to be a digital marketing side hustlers? Read on to find out!
Side Hustle Resources
Our side business is the reason why we’re making progress on our journey to debt freedom. If you’re interested in starting a side hustle or side business of your own, consider our online SEO training courses.
If you’d interested in creating online training courses of your own, consider the resources below we personally use and recommend. You can also read every step we had taken to set up online training courses and a website.
- Purchased a domain name (1&1 recommended)
- Parked our corresponding social media accounts
- Purchased website hosting from Bluehost
- Genesis for the website’s framework
- Dynamik Skin for the website design
- WP Courseware to create online courses
- Paid Memberships Pro to manage access
- Bluehost for the SSL certificate
- ConvertKit for email marketing
- Vimeo to host videos
- UpdraftPlus to backup your website
- Stripe for credit card processing
- QuickBooks for bookkeeping