It’s no secret that I have too much stuff. Though, since I last posted, I have parted with a considerable about of clutter. Coupons and discount cards from months ago? Gone. A $1 winning lotto scratch off ticket from Christmas? Cashed in. Dozens of books? Listed for sale or donated. My progress is more slow … [Read more…]
Our savings account balances just crested six figures. Six figures! I could buy a whole bunch of Jimmy Choos or even a Tesla. We won’t do that, of course. Instead, we’ll celebrate and shrug with our favorite virtual family (that’s you guys). Because if we’re talking about savings, we’ve got to be honest: it can … [Read more…]
Somehow I blinked and now July is staring back at me when I look at the end of this week. While I took a break from a lot of my summer side hustles this year, it’s not been all quiet on the money front this June. Without further ado, here’s the often-promised, never-delivered goal recap … [Read more…]
Being pregnant can be pricey. But how expensive are we talking? It’s something I wondered often when we first found out we were expecting, so I decided to keep a running tally of what we were spending, both on ourselves (OK, mostly me, but I’m the one doing the heavy lifting whose pants don’t fit) and … [Read more…]
Track your spending. Review your expenses. Keep a budget. These are the fundamental aspects of straightening out any money messes you may have gotten into and making your money goals happen. And for good reason. They work! But what if, just like rules, budgets are meant to be broken at times? How would you know?
There is nothing in life that I’ve experienced quite like finding out you are bringing a new life into this world. Not a single thing could wipe the dopey grins from our faces. Not even the reality of the fact that kids are expensive. The smiles were there to stay. But we also knew that … [Read more…]
There’s a lot to be said about being on the same page as your partner financially. Teamwork makes the dream work after all. But when I think about some of the best financial savvy that I learned growing up, I realize that much of it comes from the fact that I grew up in a … [Read more…]
There are a lot of things that we do right financially. We save half of our income and max out our Roth IRAs. We both pick up extra work and bank the additional income. We brown bag our lunches and cook dinner at home almost every night of the month. But there are also a … [Read more…]