< DadBodfi >
Crack a Beer. Crack a Joke. Crack the code to Financial Independence.
Written by DadBodFI
Beer Selection: Li'l Napoleon IPA - Pensacola Bay Brewery (Pensacola, FL)
Another business trip requires another local brew test. Pensacola Bay Brewery calls it "strong and hoppy" with "smooth caramel and honey finish". They say that it's so good it "can sneak up on you if you let it". At 6.7% ABV, it certainly did just that, and so did the 2nd and 3rd pour. However there was not quite enough citrus bite for me, and the finish was a too sweet. Score: 6/10
A few weeks ago I received an email from Amazon saying I could sign up for a free 30 day trial with Audible - their audio book service. The trial would include 30 days of ad-free listening, 2 free books of my choice, and a $10 credit to Amazon. There was no long-term committeemen and I could cancel at anytime.
Usually, I would say to myself "trials are for suckers" and delete the email. However since I've discovered FI, I cannot turn down free money. So, I signed up for the service and promptly set a reminder on my Google calendar to cancel the subscription in 29 days. I then immediately downloaded "The Simple Path the Wealth" by JL Collins. Because I'm smart, I asked my wife what book she wanted. It was a World War 2 novel. Done. Finally I took the ten bucks and put it towards our monthly dog food.
Within a couple minutes I was already in the green - 2 books and $10 off a normal monthly expense.
Much like travel hacking, trial hacking requires attention to detail and the ability to not give the offering business what they want. You must have the discipline to cancel on time and read any fine print. Over the next few months I will dive into the trials that are worth your time.