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Now, Everyone Can Afford 3D Printing (Monoprice Select Mini Review)
 
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I'm a little late to the 3D printing game, but I finally get it. For $200 , the Monoprice Mini Select is a no brainier for anyone who's curious about 3D printing. It's an extremely capable machine with a small footprint. Best of all it comes pre-assembled ready to print, right out of the box. No this video was not sponsored in any way. I just really like this printer :) LEARN FUSION 360 - For Hobbyist and Woodworkers: 50% Off Coupon - http://mikeandlauren.com/learnfusion360 Monoprice Mini Select 3D from Amazon (affiliate link): http://amzn.to/2pquvRI From Monoprice: https://www.monoprice.com/Product?p_id=15365 For $180 dollars on Jet.com - Use Coupon Triple15 No Longer Available Cura Settings That Helped Me: http://johnbiehler.com/2016/06/05/monoprice-maker-select-mini-3d-printer/ Download Other People's Designs: http://thingiverse.com Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 1051708 Mike and Lauren
$1100 Dollars in Fluids/Filters! (Buying an RV Without Service History)
 
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Before we take our '99 Monaco Dynasty on the road, I decided to perform a full maintenance service. I quickly learned there was more involved than I first thought. Over $1000 dollars in fluids/ filters and 2 weeks of research led me to this... By the end of the weekend I changed the oil, air, and fuel filter in our Onan 7500 generator. Changed the fluid and filters in the hydraulic system, and replaced the fuel filters and diesel engine oil. Here's a link to the parts list if anyone else has a Cummins 8.3 350hp motorhome: http://www.mikeandlauren.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/RV-Repair-Log.xlsx Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 40871 Mike and Lauren
Investing for Beginners
 
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We don't talk about investing for the first time enough. We take for granted that investing in the stock market has become second nature to us. There is also a lot of bad information out there on YouTube. So, we decided to make a quick overview of the basics of investing. Instead of explaining everything all in one video, we describe how we invest in the stock market and have links below so you can read more about each step: Can Everyone Retire A Millionaire? http://goo.gl/xmJbno The 4% Rule - http://goo.gl/4kW3zS Pay Yourself First - http://goo.gl/Q5AyrD Automate Your Finances - http://goo.gl/unc3Zc Why We Chose IRA - http://goo.gl/JF27H3 IRA vs. Roth IRA vs. 401k - http://goo.gl/qD5yBh Why Vanguard - http://goo.gl/ZoSp6a Why Index Funds - http://goo.gl/GO1Sy6 Why Index Funds, Again - http://goo.gl/kj0i3E The Stock Market Always Goes Up - http://goo.gl/1TJWtP Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 308839 Mike and Lauren
Mike and Lauren Exposed! Income, Expenses, Net Worth Revealed
 
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Hope you're feeling nosy! We're about to strip down to our financial birthday suit and reveal our income, expenses and net worth. We did it to keep ourselves accountable to our goals and make things more interesting for you guys. We debated for months whether we should or not, but decided it would need to happen sooner or later, so why not sooner! We'll cover our expenses in detail in another video. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments. Thumbs up if you like this video, and don't forget to subscribe! Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren You pick our next video! http://mikeandlauren.com/vote
Views: 67327 Mike and Lauren
Retiring Before 59.5 - What About Penalties?
 
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Ever wonder how you can access your retirement accounts without paying the 10% penalty? In this video we share our plan for avoiding IRA and 401k penalties by setting up a Roth Conversion Ladder. Credit is due to the MadFientist who introduced us to the idea. Basically you rollover your old 401k into a traditional IRA, then convert that to a Roth IRA. The converted funds are considered “income” and therefore “contributions” so you may withdraw them at any time (after 5 years has passed) without tax or penalty. More information can be found on his website: http://www.madfientist.com/after-tax-contributions/ http://www.madfientist.com/retire-even-earlier/ Interestingly, President Obama's 2016 budget proposal might close that loophole despite the IRS just putting out notice 2014-54 which seemed to confirm this is a viable and lawful strategy. Link to the IRS Notice 2014-54: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-54.pdf Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 20269 Mike and Lauren
Mike Makes a Folding Extension Cord Organizer
 
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I built shelves to organize my power tools last week, but I needed a way to organize my extension cords. I was inspired by a Pinterest pin and the 5 in 1 coat hangers that you've "seen on TV." In this video I design my own space saving extension cord organizer that folds down flat against the wall when not in use. Overall I was very happy with the design and it's working great! I don't have plans for this build, but if there's enough interest I might put together a sketch or two. UPDATE: Thanks everyone for sharing! This video has been featured on: Lifehacker - http://goo.gl/Mqj3dk Popular Science - http://goo.gl/VadCcM Instructables - http://goo.gl/gE8Dx6 Inspiration: http://goo.gl/ge9V1n Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 326518 Mike and Lauren
Mike Makes Power Tool Storage w/ Cord Organization
 
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This week I build power tool organization above my new tool board that we made last week. Each shelf was custom built to hold each power tool with a shelf below that organizes all of the cables. I was pleasantly surprised with the results. It's nice to finally have a place to store everything! Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 130915 Mike and Lauren
Forget College, Learn a Trade
 
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I got to thinking about what I would do differently if I could go back in time. Would I go to college or learn a trade? I went to 1 1/2 years of college before dropping out, and I think that was the right decision. There seems to be a growing number of college graduates with no jobs and plenty of student loan debt. Maybe more young people should consider learning a skilled trade like electric, plumbing, masonry, drywall, HVAC, etc. Just to be clear, I'm not saying college isn't a good choice. I'm saying it shouldn't be a default choice after high school. Simple Dollar: http://goo.gl/92p3Vs “We are lending money we don’t have, to kids who can’t pay it back, to train them for jobs that no longer exist. That’s nuts.” - Mike Rowe Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 355842 Mike and Lauren
How to Get a Promotion (3 Step Plan)
 
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This video started as a response to a question about getting ahead on minimum wage. But I quickly realized that my advice for someone working an entry level job is the same I would give myself today to get noticed. The short version is you need to become your boss's most responsible and reliable employee. In the video I discuss some practical ways to do exactly that. Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren EDIT: Changed the title of the video.
Views: 37751 Mike and Lauren
DIY Powder Coating is CHEAP, FUN, and EASY! (Yeti Cup with Harbor Freight System)
 
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Want a powder coated Yeti cup, but don't want to pay $65 dollars? Get a Harbor Freight powder coating gun, a couple Ozark stainless steel cups and do it yourself instead! We got the powder coating system on sale for $50 and bought a few cups from Wal-mart. The results were impressive. With absolutely no experience we created something that I wouldn't hesitate to sell on Etsy. With a little practice you could become very proficient at this. Because the paint is so forgiving it's a very good beginner DIY project too. The powder coat gun we used (amazon affiliate): http://amzn.to/2o8eoLH The Laser Thermometer Gun I Used: http://amzn.to/2pWlYWa From harbor freight (wait for a 25% coupon in the mail): http://www.harborfreight.com/10-30-psi-powder-coating-system-94244.html Our Fusion 360 Course for Hobbyists and Woodworkers: $30 Off Coupon: http://mikeandlauren.com/learnfusion360 Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 459362 Mike and Lauren
Best Pocket Video Camera For Vlogging?  Canon G7X vs. Sony RX100 III
 
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What is the best camera for making videos or vlogging on Youtube? Both the Sony RX100M3 and the Canon G7X have great video quality, flip out selfie screens, and fit in your pocket. Although we ended up returning both cameras for unrelated reasons, I think the canon is the best all around fully automatic pocket video camera for YouTube. But there are some limitations, and the Sony RX100iii excels in a few areas. Which camera did you enjoy watching more? Most of the video was recorded with a Canon 70D, 18-55 kit lense, and a Rode Videomic Pro. All footage (including the 70D) is not graded, corrected, or altered in any way. Both the G7X and RX100M3 were used with automatic focus and white balance settings. Support The Channel (Amazon Affiliate Links): Canon G7X - http://amzn.to/1P26wha Sony RX100M3 - http://amzn.to/1J7fM5t Our Main Camera (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/1f4rgsy Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 244402 Mike and Lauren
Nitro Engine Powered PENCIL Sharpener!
 
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My friend Bryan found a nitro engine RC car in the garbage. The piston was seized and the carburetor was dirty. I spent some time getting it up and running, but it was still missing the remote control, battery, driveshaft, and other parts. I decided to turn it into a gas powered pencil sharper instead! I was fully expecting it to fall apart at such high RPMs, but it's actually held up great. Stupid invention? Yes, but it was fun to build :) It's quite possibly the highest performance pencil sharpener on the planet. Make Your Own! Similar Engine to Mine - http://amzn.to/2ntQ02C Crank Pencil Sharpener - http://amzn.to/2om1jxD Drive Shaft - http://amzn.to/2nHZacD (affiliate links) Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 5115008 Mike and Lauren
Mike Makes an Adjustable Height Workbench (Lifting Mechanism)
 
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I'm building an adjustable height workbench but I needed a lifting mechanism to raise and lower the middle shelf. I decided to use 2 trailer jacks (Curt 28204) and 1/2" rod to connect them. This same design could be used to make an adjustable height desk. No one part of this project was difficult, but everything took a little longer than expected. The end result seems very sturdy and is a good foundation to build a workbench/out feed table from. Parts (Amazon Affiliate) Bearing - http://amzn.to/29RcfrE Gear - http://amzn.to/29RbMpu Chain - http://amzn.to/29Rc9Ap Rod - http://amzn.to/29Rcz9M Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 136955 Mike and Lauren
How We Invest in the Stock Market
 
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We had a lot of people ask how we invest our money for early retirement. Here's an overview of how exactly how we invest our money in the stock market. -We buy vanguard index funds (www.vanguard.com). -We make regular investments every month. -We don't panic when stock prices fall. -We diversify with international funds and local rental properties. If you're interested in learning more, Jim from jlcollinsnh.com has a great series on his website about investing: http://jlcollinsnh.com/stock-series/ For more information about index investing, read A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Malkiel. Disclaimer: We are not licensed or certified to give financial advice, this is just what we do with our own money. We have no affiliation with Vanguard or any other products or services mentioned. Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren You pick our next video! http://mikeandlauren.com/vote
Views: 59034 Mike and Lauren
Mike Makes Sawhorses | DIRESTA vs. Matthias Wandel Design!
 
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I needed a few sawhorses for the shop. Instead of buying some, I made them with scrap wood. I couldn't choose between Jimmy Diresta's and Matthias Wandel's design so I made both! Which one did I decide to make a set of for the shop? Watch the video to find out! I was lucky enough to use a chop saw, table saw, radial arm saw, and nail gun. But it can be done with just a circular saw. I should note that since Diresta didn't have any plans, I can't guarantee I replicated his design perfectly. UPDATE: Turns out Jimmy did post plans after the video on his Instagram account. I actually wasn't too far off. I used 15 degree cuts instead of 13, and my leg width tapered to 3 inches instead of 2. https://instagram.com/p/y52jLFpoUB/ Jimmy Diresta Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYBcQgLMjK8 Matthias Wandel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtizUSUgUG4 Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 461311 Mike and Lauren
Rolling Miter Saw Cabinet w/ Folding Support Wings (Free Plans)
 
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As part of the new mobile workshop design, I need to get my miter saw and planer on wheels. I wanted to have flip up extension wings that could support longer work, but not get in the way while in storage. I'm very happy with the finished product. I've been using it for 2 weeks now and the wings are holding up great! Fusion 360 Course for Hobbyist and Woodworkers $30 OFF Coupon Link: https://mikeandlauren.com/learnfusion360 Free plans for this project: https://goo.gl/Ae2idB Fusion Model: http://a360.co/2qmwDwp Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 89322 Mike and Lauren
Traveling the Most Expensive Country in the World on a Budget
 
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This will be our last video about our trip to Norway. Since we share all of our financials in our monthly newsletter, we wanted to break down the costs of gear and travel in this video. If you're thinking about going to Norway, our number one tip is to avoid restaurants. Everything else is actually pretty reasonable. (Note: A lot of that has to do with the current exchange rate being more favorable than in the past.) Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 23375 Mike and Lauren
Mike Makes a CUSTOM Apple Watch Charging Stand
 
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Ryan Parker just bought an Apple Watch and wanted to make a charging station to hold it next to his iPhone. We designed this stand together and made it from layered wood (black walnut) and UMHW plastic. It uses the magnet from the Watch charger to hold it horizontally next to his phone and will be able to display the time ( Watch OS 2). Next week we plan on adding LED lights to the base so that the white plastic illuminates when it's plugged in! Overall this project came out WAY more professional than my expectations. The finished product looks and feels solid. Link to the accident video - https://goo.gl/v2vC7L Who is Ryan Parker? - https://goo.gl/EoLfJD More pictures - http://goo.gl/TXclkn Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 246928 Mike and Lauren
Don't Throw That Microwave Away!
 
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A quick video about microwave oven transformers (MOT) and how I plan to salvage one to make a DIY spot welder and electromagnet. This is the introduction to a new series about the electric bike I'm converting to run on a homemade lithium-ion battery pack made from old laptop batteries (18650 cells). Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com/ Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 24507 Mike and Lauren
We Bought an RV!
 
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It's getting serious...We just dropped 32 grand on a 1999 Monaco Dynasty! Here's a quick tour of the RV showing some of the things we like about it and a few of the necessary repairs. We're happy with our choice. Everything is really well built...solid cherry cabinets, instant hot water, corian countertops etc. Details: 1999 Monaco Dynasty PBS 40' Slide Cummins 350HP Diesel - 119k miles Onan 7500 Diesel Generator Newish tires, roof, awnings, batteries, and solar panels. Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 47232 Mike and Lauren
Mike Makes a Rolling Truck Bed Slide
 
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Shane needed a better system for organizing the tools in his truck. We decided to build a DIY bed slide for his pickup (Ford Ranger) out of plywood, 2x4s and casters. So far it's working great. It's not nearly as strong as the commercial versions (you could break it if you wanted to) but it's still holding several hundred pounds of tools without a problem. We could have made it stronger by framing all four sides of the slide out, but Shane didn't want to loose the space. Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 163311 Mike and Lauren
Ditch the Cubicle with Paula Pant | Afford Anything
 
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A short interview with Paula from AffordAnything.com. She quit her job as a newspaper editor to pursue a location independent career. When that wasn't enough she went after complete financial independence and succeeded by investing in a portfolio of rental units. http://www.affordanything.com https://www.facebook.com/AffordAnything https://twitter.com/affordanything Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren You pick our next video! http://mikeandlauren.com/vote
Views: 12359 Mike and Lauren
ULTIMATE Mobile Workshop - PART 2 - V-Nose Workbench / Power Tool Cabinet
 
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How to build a simple wall mounted workbench and cabinets for power tools. The V-nose of the Ultimate Mobile Workshop is going to serve as my main workbench. I used 2x4s and plywood to make a simple counter top and covered the wall in 1/2" plywood to organize my hand tool holders. The power tool cabinet above each of the two-way drawers uses grooves in plywood to allow you to fit any size tool you want. Simply move the dividers around to change the slot size from 4 inches up to 24 inches. HUGE THANKS to Lark United Manufacturing: www.larkunited.com Trailer Pre-construction Tour: https://goo.gl/7mKcNp Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 103324 Mike and Lauren
Power Locks on Base Model Truck for $25
 
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Our new Dodge 3500 Dually was a great deal, but it didn't come with power locks or windows. Getting Hudson in and out of a car without power locks is a chore so I decided to buy some universal power door actuators and install them myself. Total cost was under $30 dollars and now our truck has remote entry! Here's the kit I used (amazon affiliate link): http://amzn.to/2nF2jw7 The switch I connected to the brown and white wires: http://amzn.to/2mIJqsV A couple of notes if you're installing a similar system on your own Dodge truck: I had to reverse the wires for the front doors because the motors were "pushing" to lock. Just swap blue and green. The parking light wires were hidden under the fuse box in the engine compartment on the driver side. Attach your purple wires to the "white and yellow" and "white and gray" wires that come out of the blue connector (there's 4 different white and yellow wires). Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 110210 Mike and Lauren
How To Retire Early - Our Plan For Financial Independence
 
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Want to know why we do the things we do? Our goal is retire extremely early by saving 75% of our income. If you're interested in financial independence definitely check out Mr. Money Mustache (link below). You don't need a high income to retire early. But, you are going to need to give up a lot of "things" for financial freedom. Some people think living without luxury isn't living, we think living without time isn't living. We just want people to know they're making a choice. Mr. Money Mustache Article: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/01/13/the-shockingly-simple-math-behind-early-retirement/ Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv You pick our next video! http://mikeandlauren.com/vote
Views: 183934 Mike and Lauren
Why Don't They Teach This in School?!?
 
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This morning we realized we've never shared the most important thing we've ever learned about money. I was 17 when I first heard about compound interest from Dave Ramsey and it's the reason we care about personal finance today. In the video we explain why it's so important for young people to learn about the magic (and danger) of compound interest. Even 5 or 10 years can mean a difference of millions of dollars. Please share this story with anyone who you think might need to hear it :) Dave Ramsey Article: http://goo.gl/00EKYf Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Mail: Mike and Lauren PO Box 19583 Sarasota, FL 34276
Views: 37408 Mike and Lauren
Do You Have What It Takes to Retire Early?
 
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Our FinCon presentation this year was about the financial independence movement, and how the word "retired" is changing. Something that didn't make it into the presentation are the two character traits that nearly all early retirees seem to have. The first is the ability to see things differently. The second is the ability to not care what other people think. See why these two traits are crucial if you want to reach financial independence at an early age. Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 38580 Mike and Lauren
Rough Framing the Cargo Trailer Camper Conversion
 
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We're converting an enclosed cargo trailer so that the front half is an RV and the back half is a mobile workshop We're going to travel the country when it's finished helping subscribers with their DIY projects! This week I finished framing the dividing wall and ran the rough electrical/plumbing. I ripped 2x6's to create 1.5" x 1.75" studs that are thinner and lighter. I'll be covering the walls in 1/8" ply and the floor and ceiling in hardwood. LEARN TO 3D MODEL WITH FUSION 360 - For Hobbyist and Woodworkers: $30 Off Coupon - http://www.learnfusion360.com/courses/fusion-360-for-hobbyist-and-woodworkers?coupon=30OFF Thank you Lark United for the trailer! http://www.larkunited.com Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 51186 Mike and Lauren
Why I Love My Scooter | Scooter vs. Motorcycle vs. Car
 
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I drive a 2011 Honda PCX125 scooter as my primary mode of transportation. Here's why I love it even more than my Harley Davidson or any other motorcycle. To recap: 1. No warm up time. 2. Easier to park and maneuver. 3. Lots of storage under seat. 4. Cheaper 5. No smelling like gas and exhaust. I also talk about how I deal with safety and weather issues. Is a scooter a viable alternative to a car? Let me know in the comments! Blog post: http://www.mikeandlauren.com/ Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 592524 Mike and Lauren
We're Retired.
 
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All the juicy details to come, but we just wanted to announce "WE DID IT!" We closed on the refinance of our 9 unit warehouse last week, just in time to "retire" before my 31st birthday. Learn Fusion 360 For Hobbyists and Woodworkers: $30 OFF COUPON http://mikeandlauren.com/learnfusion360 Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 137782 Mike and Lauren
Why The Stock Market Always Goes Up - Stock Series Ep. 2 w/ Jim Collins
 
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In this 10 part video series, Jim Collins shares his advice about investing in the stock market. He's been investing for over 40 years and financially independent for 25. Today's topic: Does the stock market always go up? Buy the book! http://amzn.to/1UUjMJa Sign up for our monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 19115 Mike and Lauren
DIY Concrete Toilet Tank Sink - This SHOULD Be On Every Toilet!
 
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QUIKRETE is having a contest for the best project using one bag of concrete. (Not a sponsor.) I decided to make a "toilet tank top sink." I first saw the idea on toilets in Japan. When you flush the toilet, the fill water is re-routed to a faucet (don't worry, it's perfectly clean). You wash your hands like normal, then watch the water drain directly into the toilet tank. Next time you use the bathroom, the recycled water flushes the toilet and clean water is dispensed from the faucet. The design saves an estimated 1 gallon of water per person, per day! No modifications are made to the toilet except for routing the fill water tube into the bottom of the faucet. Hopefully it's good enough to win the $2500 dollar prize :) Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 126606 Mike and Lauren
Breaking the Emergency Fund Rules | Fix Your Finances
 
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Once you get out of debt, it's time to build an emergency fund of 3-6 month's expenses. How much to keep in your emergency fund depends on things like your job security, insurance, income sources, how many people you're supporting, and much more. In the video, we talk about how we don't really have an emergency fund, but more of an "opportunity fund." Normally, you should never spend your rainy day savings on anything that isn't absolutely necessary. We tend to break the rules :) What's your emergency fund story? Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Be sure to subscribe for more videos!
Views: 10300 Mike and Lauren
The Mythical 12% Return
 
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Dave Ramsey says you can expect a 12% return from the stock market. Naysayers say you can expect zero and the economy is about to collapse. We say....it's probably somewhere in the middle. This is a follow-up to our unintentionally controversial video last week about the power of compound interest. Why Don't They Teach This in School? - https://goo.gl/kAYaEM IndexView - http://thume.ca/indexView/ Mr. Money Mustache 7% - http://goo.gl/fz18DG Simple Dollar 7% - http://goo.gl/xyvTuf Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Mail: Mike and Lauren PO Box 19583 Sarasota, FL 34276
Views: 37540 Mike and Lauren
Model a WORKING Spring in Fusion 360!  (ADVANCED TIP)
 
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I wanted to model a working spring in Fusion 360 that you can compress and expand, but I couldn't find any solutions online. I found a workaround that I haven't seen anywhere else. Basically you split the spring in half, then apply revolute joints to each of the parts. Next constrain the spring into a slider joint so it can only move up and down. Finally add motion links to each joint so they all move more naturally. Was this over your head? Try our beginner Fusion 360 Course for Hobbyists and Woodworkers. http://mikeandlauren.com/learnfusion360 Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 43545 Mike and Lauren
The Economy Is About to Collapse! But, That Doesn't Change Our Plans
 
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People often wonder how our early retirement plan accounts for economic collapse or the bubble bursting. The short answer? We don't account for collapse, however we do expect cycles of boom and bust. In the video we discuss the 78 reasons why you shouldn't have invested in the stock market over the last 100 or so years, and the one reason you should. 78 Reasons Link: http://goo.gl/IOwf62 Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 11585 Mike and Lauren
Ways We Save Money For Early Retirement
 
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Here is a tour of our house. We show just a few of the ways we're able to save 75% of our income every month. The biggest budget items for most people are: 1. Housing 2. Transportation 3. Food We keep costs down by living simply in a small house, saving cash for our car, and limiting our restaurant eating to $50/mo. Also be sure to DIY everything, buy used, and cut your energy costs as much as possible (gas for the car and electricity at home). Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv You pick our next video! http://mikeandlauren.com/vote
Views: 33526 Mike and Lauren
Polarizing Purchases | Buy Only What You Love | Mike and Lauren
 
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We mention all the time that our frugality isn't a sacrifice for us. That's because we buy only the things we truly love and cut everything else out of the budget. Here's a list of a few things we spend money on and a few things we couldn't care less about. A lot of this video was inspired(ripped off) from one of my favorite bloggers Tynan. He has an article called Polarizing Purchases where he describes how he is able to travel and buy (specific) nice things without the need for a "job." We have lived our lives pretty much the same way, buying only the things that are truly important to us. Links in the Video: Tynan: http://tynan.com/polarizing Paula: http://affordanything.com/ Teaching Lauren Basic Car Maintenance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUfR9AHP8Iw 3 Biggest Budget Busters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLtk0q-qlm0 Ditch The Cubicle with Paula Pant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYeZxGOTOBY Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren
Views: 17512 Mike and Lauren
Rotten RV Floor Repair
 
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I've been avoiding the rotten floor around our RV refrigerator for weeks. I didn't want to know what was going to be underneath the tile... I finally finished the project and we're very pleased with the results. Sorry for the shaky video, I forgot my tripod on the first day. Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 70972 Mike and Lauren
Onan Generator Troubleshooting and Repair
 
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The RV is still in the shop (long story) and the trailer is still being built, so I'm sort of in between projects. I worked on this Onan Marquis 7000 generator for a little extra money and thought it might be interesting to some of you. Note: This is NOT the generator from our RV. This is from a stage trailer that my church bought. When I got the generator it wasn't running. Once I got it running it wouldn't produce any power. It turned out the carbs were all gunked up, the voltage regulator was bad, and the brushes needed cleaning. Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 97733 Mike and Lauren
Our First DEALER ONLY Auction Experience!
 
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This week we went to our first dealer-only RV auction. It was pretty overwhelming and the prices weren't mind-blowing. Still, I think we got a great deal on our first RV "flip" in time for a quick trip before the holidays. Our goal is to "road test" the RV and then resell it for a profit to cover our trip expenses. Whether or not the idea will work is still a mystery! Learn Fusion 360 For Hobbyists and Woodworkers: $30 OFF COUPON http://mikeandlauren.com/learnfusion360 Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 11753 Mike and Lauren
Make "Alexa" Control ANYTHING!
 
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How to control your Raspberry Pi with an Amazon Echo (Alexa). Home automation can be cheap using a relay module instead of buying expensive "smart home" switches and outlets. Materials used in this project (amazon affiliate links): Echo Dot - http://amzn.to/2usgntT Raspberry Pi - http://amzn.to/2upw7je Touchscreen - http://amzn.to/2usgBBf 8 Channel Relay Module - http://amzn.to/2gWP1Jk Mini Keyboard - http://amzn.to/2us9fho Camera Remote - http://amzn.to/2usEEjT Cheap Camera Jib - http://amzn.to/2upkRDb "Fauxmo" Original File https://github.com/makermusings/fauxmo The nice part is you can control anything using this method. Any input that raspberry pi accepts can be used as feedback to control any output. The echo adds voice recognition and an audible response. Learn Fusion 360 For Hobbyists and Woodworkers: $30 OFF COUPON http://mikeandlauren.com/learnfusion360 Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 900272 Mike and Lauren
Our IDEAL Property In Costa Rica
 
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Over several days we drive around the central valley in Costa Rica to narrow down where we want to buy property. Our plan is to build an off grid retreat somewhere in the mountains. Palmares was our favorite city and landscape, second to San Ramon. Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 12656 Mike and Lauren
Our Story | Mike and Lauren
 
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***New Videos Every*** FRIDAY - Financial Videos SUNDAY - How-To, DIY, Misc. Videos Everything you need to know about Mike and Lauren in less than 2 minutes. How we met, our personalities, and what this YouTube channel is all about. Start Here Playlist: http://goo.gl/PXxevo Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Be sure to subscribe for more videos!
Views: 178323 Mike and Lauren
RV's - The Ultimate Money Pit?
 
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We we bought our Monaco Dynasty, we knew any RV would be a money pit. There are simply so many systems on an motorhome that something is bound to break semi-frequently. I guess we just weren't quite prepared for the "never caught up" aspect of RVing. Since buying our RV in the spring we've fixed the refrigerator, floor, hot water heater, roof and dash AC, stereo system, suspension bushings, and all fluids/belts. We can now add to that list a roof leak... Our total repairs so far have cost over $6800 dollars and we don't even live in it yet! Links: Fluids change - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um45hV3K9jg Floor repair - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07fboRzi6v4 Cabinet doors - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01RwvOalSlM Bushing replacement - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwPjCSlM7bw Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 21617 Mike and Lauren
RV Tire Pressure Monitoring System Installation + SIMULATED LEAK!
 
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More information about Tire Minder www.minderresearch.com With a long rig I knew we would want a tire pressure monitoring system. I did some research, and Tire Minder kept coming up again and again. After talking with the company, they sent us a whole system for the RV and trailer. The peace of mind is nice, since the trailer tires are 65' back, and could potentially blow without noticing on a rig this size. Thank you Minder Research! Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 8826 Mike and Lauren
How to Start (and Quit) a Side Hustle in 24 Hours
 
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Most of our income comes from online courses and YouTube, but I occasionally dabble in side hustles because I like the entrepreneurial process. Something about creating value from thin air really appeals to me. Usually I can satisfy that itch by flipping cars, motorcycles, golf carts, or electronics on craigslist. But after I found out our Hurricane Irma debris was expected to take 4 months to pick up, I had another idea... BTW, this is the exact process I used to start a commercial cleaning company in college which eventually grew to a six figure per year business. Learn Fusion 360 For Hobbyists and Woodworkers: $30 OFF COUPON http://mikeandlauren.com/learnfusion360 Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Instagram - https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikeandlaurentv Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com
Views: 30083 Mike and Lauren
DIY Lithium Ion E-Bike Battery Pack from 18650 Laptop Batteries
 
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How to build a lithium ion electric bike battery pack from recovered used laptop batteries. Save hundreds of dollars by salvaging 18650 li-ion cells from used or even dead laptop batteries bought off eBay. My pack is 24 volt 20AH which should hopefully provide a 30-45 mile range per charge on my ebike (and cost less than $150 dollars). In the video I show you how to calculate the capacity, then wire and test the completed battery. UPDATE: The battery had a total capacity of 19aH. The groups of cells were slightly out of balance (3.3v, 2.5v, 2.9v, 2.5v, 3.1v, 2.9v) so I could rearrange some cells and get a few extra miles, but I'm happy enough with the results. Don't Throw That Microwave Away! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W2jiB8islo Rinoa Super-Genius: https://goo.gl/ByyxlN Help us make these videos: https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren Product Links: 7 Pin Balance Connector: http://goo.gl/ZrkoTx 2x 18650 Charger: http://goo.gl/oOT5cI Battery Spacers: http://goo.gl/4JPahr iMax B6 Charger: http://goo.gl/2JKdJt
Views: 351386 Mike and Lauren
Mike Makes a Contemporary (kind of) Triangle Bench
 
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Our church's high school group needed some benches for their meeting area. I decided to copy Louis Lim's 'round and round' contemporary bench design, somewhat successfully. I had trouble figuring out how to measure the "skin" that goes around the base of the triangle. I think I was trying to make a "truncated cylinder" but I couldn't quite get the dimensions right. Ultimately trial and error prevailed. Update: Joseph Malovich designed the bench in Solidworks and solved the math problem! http://goo.gl/JptvU6 Update 2: Matthias Wandel provided the solution to the math problem if you want to make one in a different size: "For the cone shaped pieces, lets say one curved edge length is L1, the other L2, lets say L2 is the longer one, and W is the width of that arc shaped piece needs to be. Then R2 (corresponding to L2) is: R2 = W/(L2-L1)*L2 and R1 = W/(L2-L1)*L1" Thank you Joseph and Matthias for the help! Louis Lim (Original Design) - http://www.makingworks.com/ Sign up for monthly income, expenses, and net worth reports! http://newsletter.mikeandlauren.com Check out our blog: http://www.mikeandlauren.com Follow us: http://twitter.com/mikeandlauren https://instagram.com/lauren_moyer/ Mail: Mike and Lauren PO Box 19583 Sarasota, FL 34276
Views: 36843 Mike and Lauren
All-Inclusive? The Hidden Costs of Cruise Vacations
 
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Thinking about taking your first cruise vacation? Even if you book a cheap cruise, there are still a few hidden costs that you might not expect. For example, most people don't expect free alcohol, but soda isn't free either. Add $6.50 per day for unlimited soda. What about tips and gratuities, and internet? We'll talk about these and many more!
Views: 88356 Mike and Lauren