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Starting Over in Hawaii

Some days I’m overcome with how incredible this place is with the warm weather, surfing and laid back lifestyle. Other times I’m in tears because of how difficult some of the adjustments can be. Moving a family of seven thousands of miles away to an island is a crazy roller coaster of an experience. So this post will be...

Our Move to Hawaii

After seven years of hard work, and about six months of preparation for the move, our family of seven arrived this past week in Hawaii to start the next chapter of life. The journey has been exhausting, stressful, sad, exciting, liberating and incredibly worth it. In this post I'm going to share with you a bit more about what...

Your Mobile Provider Isn’t Worth a Year of Your Life

An entire year of my life. I finally snapped. It happened when I realized that by the time I turned 60 years old, I would have spent an entire year of my life working just to pay for the “privilege” of using Verizon’s cell phone network. I have been paying $155 a month for me and my wife’s cell...

Why I Spent a Week Working Outside in a Bitterly Cold Windstorm

I struggled to hold on to the paintbrush in my hand. My face hurt, my lips were chapped, my hands were numb. I had been outside for hours in freezing temperatures and consistent 30-40 mph winds. My goal was to get all the trim put up and finished around all the new windows on our house before the rains...

How To Prevent Your Dryer From Catching on Fire

I have to get there before the fire spreads to the walls, I thought to myself as I raced towards our friend’s house yesterday. Then I remembered they had a gas dryer and my heart sank. Nothing shoots fear through my body like the thought of a possible explosion. A minute later I was running  through the back door...

We Are Moving Back to Hawaii

Why not now? I was finally able to ask that question this past summer. I looked over at my wife one evening and asked her why not now? I told her that I thought we could make the move. Our goals had been reached. A smile quickly came over her face, and I knew that our lives would soon...

How Craigslist Can Be the Ultimate Part Time Job

If you are looking for a part time job right now, stop for a moment and read this post. I believe everyone looking for part time work should consider Craigslist for many reasons. You have total control over what days you work, how many hours, and how much money you make.  You can bring your kids with you while...

Live Interview with Hawaii TechWorks

For you night owls out there, tonight I’m going to be interviewed by Hawaii TechWorks for their Monthly Tech Tuesday. I will be sharing more of the story of how I ended up buying and selling items on Craigslist for a living and how that led to the ReCraigslist.com blog, and eventually ApplianceSchool.com. UPDATE: The interview can be seen on...

Still Earning A Living on Craigslist in 2014 Ask Me Anything

It’s time to do a new ask me anything. It’s been three years since the last one, and a lot has changed in three years. I’m still earning a living on Craigslist, though a few of my side projects such as ApplianceSchool.com are doing quite well. I’m working from home, have 5 incredible kids and still very happily married...

It’s Time To Move Forward

Five years ago I would have never imagined I would be where I am today. Not only were we broke, behind on all sorts of payments, but we also had almost 25k in high interest credit card debt. I didn’t have consistent work and needed to find a way to provide for my family and dig out of the...