Recommendations

There’s minimalism, which espouses taking only what you need and leaving as small a footprint as possible. Then there are are things, services and people who help make for a better journey. Here is an initial short list. I have personal experience with all of them, and will have posts about each in the future.

Outdoorsy* is like Airbnb, but for RV rentals. We use it to rent out Roxanne, our 2015 Winnebago Travato. Background checks and insurance are included to protect us, and the site does all of the logistics and payment arrangements too.

Casper Mattress* is an online-only mattress retailer. We sleep on a queen-size Casper. They’ll deliver it to your house in a tiny box, easy to maneuver into small spaces. It’s made right here in the USA. If you don’t love it, they’ll take it away and return your money for up to 100 days. Don’t waste your money in expensive retail mattress showrooms.

BlueHost* is the hosting provider for I Am Hopeful. It’s easy to set up your own WordPress website in minutes, with a free domain name included.

Amazon Prime (30-Day Free Trial)* almost needs no explanation. It’s music, videos, storage for your documents and photos, and free same-day shipping on orders over $35. If you’re looking for ways to streamline and simplify, this is the first place to go.

Capital One 360* is free, simple online banking. Open as many savings accounts as you want, use the ATM at nearly every CVS or 7-Eleven in the United States, and easily pay your bills online.

Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa* gives you a ton of free points for signing up, and free points every year on your cardholder anniversary. Earn extra points on travel purchases too. If you fly Southwest a lot, this one’s the card for you.

Donalies Financial Planning is a business owned by my friend Chuck. He’s a sensible, fee-only financial planner who holds a similar philosophy to many of my favorite financial blogs.

Sparks Group is an executive coaching practice. A veteran of the corporate world before becoming a coach, Jessica is an expert in navigating job difficulties and transitions.

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