Federal Building

FREE self-guided tours of the fascinating Federal Building at 7th and Mission every day. So many awesome free opportunities in the city!

The Federal Building is a landmark in SOMA.  At 18-stories tall, it was designed to maximize airflow for natural cooling and ventilation as well as daylight.  The building was completed in 2007 and consists of several government agencies including, the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, USDA, SSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

It is open 8 a.m.– 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays).

My Favorite Retirement Calculator

Firecalc.com is an amazing retirement tool.  I visit it often and the best part is, it’s FREE!!!

Firecalc offers the flexibility to enter pensions or recurring income, changes in your portfolio for any given year and many other inputs that allow you to analyze your particular situation. Firecalc uses the market real historical performance to determine if your assets would survive the worst markets we’ve seen in history.

Once you’ve acquainted yourself with the input tabs, check out the Investigate tab. There is functionality built into to do a number of analysis. From running an analysis of when you should retire to how much you need to retire at a specified date, Firecalc is a great tool to add to your tool chest when looking at retirement projections.

I spend an inordinate amount of time running all kinds of analysis and love trying new tools. Let me know if you have a tool that you like, I’d love to check it out.

Happy calc’ing!

How to Have a Blast in SF for FREE!

I absolutely, positively LOVE San Francisco.  Unfortunately, SF can be a wicked expensive place to live or visit.  Fortunately, there are countless ways to enjoy the city without breaking your bank.  Following is a list of FREE things to do and see in SF:

  • City Guide Tours (Sponsored by SF Public Library)
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 (walk or the F-Line which cost $2.25)
    • Be sure to see the Sea Lions (my favorite part of SF and free!)
  • SF Giants – walk around ATT and if a game is on there is free standing room only viewing!!!
  • Civic Center – United Nations
  • Grace Cathedral (Interfaith AIDS Memorial Chapel, Ghiberti doors, Labyrinths)
  • Free walking tours
  • China Town
  • Union Square (artists display their work, xmas tree and ice skating in the winter)

Transportation once you are in SF:

SF is a very walking friendly city.  In fact, I highly recommend NOT bringing a car into the city.  Cars can be very expensive to park (over $50 per night at most hotels, not the mention the inevitable parking ticket – if you ever find a spot to park it  and good luck if you get towed.  Which is not unlikely.

If you want to go to wine country, I’d suggest either booking a bus/car or renting a car for the day and returning it to the rental company the same day, or next day if you plan to stay the night in wine country.  Parking in the City is cost prohibitive and a pain in the *ss.

SFMOMA – See Amazing Art For Free!!!

Link to SFMOMA’s website.

SFMOMA is an amazing museum, but it’s not cheap.  The standard adult admission fee for SFMOMA is $25 for adults and this does not include special exhibitions.  However, children under the age of 18 are always free!  Keep reading to learn how to enjoy SFMOMA without paying the high cost of admission.

In 2016, the museum expanded nearly three times in size thanks, in part, to the partnership between SFMOMA and the Fishers (the founders of Gap, Inc., the clothing store).  The Fishers have one of the world’s largest collections of modern and contemporary art. The agreement to display the collection at SFMOMA  presented the museum with a wonderful problem; how to exhibit all this amazing art.  The museum launched a campaign to get funding for the expansion and in 2013, the museum closed for three years to complete the construction.

The newly expanded museum re-opened in 2016.  It includes 45,000 square feet of space that does not require an admission fee.  This space and the art in it is yours to enjoy, free of charge.

Currently, the free area includes works by Richard Serra, Frida Kahlo and Julie Mehretu among others.

The museum also has a Public Knowledge Library, a temporary branch of the San Francisco Public Library.  A wonderful respite for a weary traveler or a quite space on your way home from work or running errands.

The museum opens at 10 am every day except Wednesday (when it is closed).  It closes at 6 pm Friday through Tuesday and stays open until 9:30 pm on Thursday.  Standard admission to the paid area is $18 for adults, but visitors 18 and younger are always FREE!

Pro-tip – The museum also has bathrooms and water fountains available for your use.   It’s the most cultural pit-stop in the City.

PSST…PSST!!! San Francisco residents can get free entry to SFMOMA through the Discover & Go program at the San Francisco Library.  All you need is a library card.  Which of course is FREE!!!  Check it out at SFPL.org.



Indoor Exercise

Your home is your gym.
Exercise is vital to our health. But, that doesn’t mean we need to spend all kinds of money on expensive gym memberships and equipment. Videos are free online! It’s easy to find videos on specific areas of focus and there are so many to choose from so you won’t get bored with the same routine. No excuses, taking care of your body is necessary for happiness and a lot cheaper than being unhealthy. What are some of your favorites?