Small Steps to Saving

I’ll be the first to tell you I have a prob­lem with doing the dish­es.  “uh, Gwen…? How are dish­es relat­ed to sav­ing for retire­ment?” I’m get­ting there. Go with the anal­o­gy flow for a sec­ond. Dish­es. I hate doing them right after cook­ing. It’s bad enough I have to make my own food, but then to do the dish­es … Read more

Rant and Rave 2: Freaking Food

Rant: Hi my name is Gwen and I have a prob­lem with food. Not like the tra­di­tion­al prob­lems of eat­ing too much or too lit­tle, or even the prob­lem of eat­ing bad stuff. (Although I could prob­a­bly stand to eat less sug­ar.) No, my prob­lem is not mak­ing my own. I ate out WAY too much last week, and … Read more

How to Find Housing

I just decid­ed to spend $20,000. I wish I could say I was excit­ed about it. I wish I could show you the cool thing I bought, or the cool place I’m going to go vis­it. Nope. Instead, we get to talk about the lease I just signed. Yes, you read that cor­rect­ly. Just to have a roof over my head and a warm … Read more

Self-Controlling Your Finances

For me, the best part about being an adult is the free­dom of choice to do what­ev­er we want. Do I want to fly to Ecuador for a week’s vaca­tion? Do I want to retire ear­ly? Do I want ice cream and donuts for din­ner? While some of these may be good deci­sions (Yes, I’m going to Ecuador this … Read more

Monthly Spending Report: April 2015

Wow. Where did April go? It seems like just yes­ter­day I was post­ing March’s report. April went by super fast due to a num­ber of activ­i­ties I par­tic­i­pat­ed in, which lead to a LOT of expens­es. This month was basi­cal­ly shot in only 2 weeks. How­ev­er, I tight­ened my belt and it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. List­ed … Read more