Sometimes I think I should turn in my personal finance blogging card. This past week, I’ve been confronted with two different money dilemmas that have me stumped: emergency funds and found money.
I understand the basic principles of both. Emergency funds are one of the most talked about topics in personal finance. And na-na na-na boo-boo, finders keepers pretty much sums up my feelings on pennies on the sidewalk. But it turns out, I have a knack for complicating even fairly straightforward topics. Perhaps you’ve got some advice? Continue reading “Advice Needed: Savings Accounts…and Stealing?”
Almost exactly two years ago, I sat across from my grandma as she blew out the candles on her birthday cake. Her 93rd birthday cake. She laughed, and she cried. I remember watching her eyes glisten as I told her I couldn’t imagine having ninety-three birthday cakes. She squeezed my hand and said, “Neither can I, honey. Neither can I.”
Exactly two years ago, she passed away. It was entirely unexpected. At the time, I couldn’t comprehend what I lost – a second mother, the finest cook, a certified spitfire, our family’s historian, the best spare-change finder I’ve ever known. While I still can’t put pen to paper well enough to convey the weight of that loss, I can finally articulate some of the real wisdom she imparted, the insight that became the catalyst for this blog. Continue reading “Why I Pick Up Pennies: A Manifesto of Sorts”