TRS Pension Windfall: Help Me Spend It

TRS Pension WindfallThe state of Illinois is giving us $3,000. That’s right. The Land of Lincoln, otherwise known as the Land of No State Budget, is actually coughing up money. So put on your hats and let’s get this TRS pension party started, shall we? Continue reading “TRS Pension Windfall: Help Me Spend It”

TRS Pension Windfall: Help Me Spend It

My Biggest Money Mistake

money-mistake-1I’ve made more money mistakes than I can count. There were $700 wedding shoes and a $26,000 new car. Then, there was the actual wedding that I still haven’t blogged about because I don’t even know what it cost. A lot. It cost a lot. But these mistakes actually don’t bother me. In fact, unlike many people in the personal finance world, I don’t actually consider them to the biggest money mistakes I could make.

When it comes to ruining myself financially, Jimmy Choo isn’t going to do it. Toyota isn’t going to do it. I am. I continue to allow a powerful combination to exist in my life: fear and a lack of information. While I’d like to blame all of the things in my life–and if you’ve read my blog at all you know there is a lot of stuff–I am my worst money mistake. Continue reading “My Biggest Money Mistake”

My Biggest Money Mistake

Betterment, Wealthfront, or None of the Above

InvestingEarlier in the year, I set the goal of opening a taxable investment account by my birthday. I was spending a lot of time researching Betterment and Wealthfront. It seemed like robo-investors were a pretty painless way to up my fairly pathetic investment game. Now that thirty has come and gone, here’s where things stand in my little part of the investment world: Continue reading “Betterment, Wealthfront, or None of the Above”

Betterment, Wealthfront, or None of the Above

Simple Advice to Combat Investing Woes

Investing WoesMy husband doesn’t read my blog. He convinced me to start it, cheered me on enough to actually convince me to purchase a domain name and self host, and that was about it. Except for one day very early on when he clicked and clicked to get my page to 100 views…and promptly got busted by moi.

To say he’s not interested in personal finance is an understatement. We make smart money decisions together, but it’s not his hobby or his passion. So imagine my surprise when the stock market tanked this past August and again at the start of this year, and Mr. P started spouting off investment advice like he was Warren Buffet read a blog even realized the market was crashing.* Here are some of the little gems here’s shared with me over the past few months: Continue reading “Simple Advice to Combat Investing Woes”

Simple Advice to Combat Investing Woes

Put Up or Shut Up: My Plunge into Investing

My Plunge into InvestingDespite the honors and AP classes that I was enrolled in throughout primary, secondary, and undergraduate schooling, I am a slow learner. Like, embarrassingly slow. But, I can say wholeheartedly that I have finally and officially learned that a certificate of deposit at my bank is no place for my Roth IRA. Is that a slow clap I hear? Yeah, I didn’t think so.  Continue reading “Put Up or Shut Up: My Plunge into Investing”

Put Up or Shut Up: My Plunge into Investing