How to get Passport Photos for $0.35

Getty images. Photo illustration: Charles Brucaliere

What’s that you say?  You need an abundance of cheap passport photos?

Please, for the love of Pete, do not make my mistake.  Do not go down to your local Walgreens or CVS store and get them done there.  It may seem like it is convenient, but here’s why it is a bad idea:

  • That kid working the photo counter was just trained yesterday on how to use the equipment and you’ll be his/her first customer.
  • Oh, and they’ll be able to get to you right after they check-out those 8 people in line in front of you.
  • You only get one try at your photo so you’d better make it a good one!
  • It’ll cost you over $10 per person for two (2) lousy photos of the proper size.

If you only need a couple of photos every 10 years for your passport renewal, this may be acceptable.  If you are moving to new country, applying for visas, international driving permits, and to foreign schools, you will need umpteen numbers of passport photos.  All potentially in different sizes, so…

Here’s what to do instead

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My ABCs of Travel


The best part of blogging is meeting and getting to hear from all of you.  I always have my ear to the tracks for suggestions about the best of what’s out there and I want to hear your stories.

You may have noticed a new page at the top entitled ABCs of Travel.  I’m looking to hear about your best and worst travel destinations and experiences.  I thought I’d get the ball rolling by answering the questions myself.

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We are moving to…Pomegranate?

PomegranateSince my last update, we’ve made remarkable progress planning for our adventure.  Our family will be moving to Spain next summer where we’ll become proficient in Spanish and take in and learn about all things española.

In less than one month’s time, I’ve determined the city, found a school for our boys, and have started negotiations to lease a house in one of the coolest neighborhoods in town.

I’m super jazzed to say that we’ll be spending the 2014-2015 school year in Granada, Spain.

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Planning Our Spanish Adventure

us-government-shutdown-october-2013The U.S. government is in its 15th day of shutdown and I wouldn’t blame you if you thought this blog has been as well.  That doesn’t mean things have been idle here at Bucking-the-Trend, however.  As I mentioned in a previous post, our family has made the decision to spend 2014-2015 living in Spain.  We’re committed to at least one year and hoping that we love it enough to spend two.  I’ve been working many of my nights scouring expat forums, reaching out to other bloggers that live in Spain, and doing general online research to try and piece this whole thing together.

Because there appeared to be genuine interest in the comments of my guest posting, I thought I’d give an update on our planning.  I’m also an organizer and need to brain dump.  Getting some of these thoughts and lists formalized will help me feel more organized.

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Why I need to change my blog’s tagline

Feria de SevillaAbout a month ago, Mrs. Buck and I made a pretty decisive and big decision that will no doubt impact our retirement plan going forward.  It also means I need to think of a new tagline to this blog.  Check out my latest guest post with Pretired Nick over at his site to find out why.

(Edit:  To see the next story in this saga click here.)

2013 Epic Summer Road Trip

American Bison

Since our boys have been old enough to have a summer vacation, we’ve been taking road trips to different areas of the U.S.  Even in this expansive country, we’ve found that two weeks is a pretty good amount of time to see some awesome things.  Being located in the middle of the country with access to cheap fuel certainly helps too.

In 2011, we did a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on our way to a family reunion in North Carolina.  After which we looped back home via the eastern seaboard.

Our 2012 excursion included Niagara Falls, upstate New York, the Finger Lakes as well as Toronto and a provincial park in Ontario, Canada.

For this year’s trip, we headed west.

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