Savings: Year Two

This week marks my sec­ond year of sav­ings! April 2014 is when I offi­cial­ly ramped up my FI plans after I fin­ished get­ting all the house­hold neces­si­ties. I thought it’d fun to look back over the last 12 months and see what I’ve learned, some fun stats and pret­ty pic­tures. What I’ve Learned Any costs occured while trav­el­ing … Read more

Dreaming of FI

I’d be the first to tell you I have a prob­lem. I have a con­fes­sion to make. I’m addict­ed to the Inter­net. “Oh, Gwen” you scoff, “You’re a Mil­len­ni­al. That comes par for the course with your age group.” But real­ly though, it’s a prob­lem. I have many hob­bies, and every one of them is assist­ed with the inter­net. Need inspi­ra­tion … Read more

Waiting, Waiting, and More Waiting

It seems like my life thus far has been noth­ing but wait­ing. Wait­ing for… …my 5th birth­day so I could join my sis­ter in the big kid’s room at preschool. …age 10 so I could get an adult library card and check out more than YA books. …ele­men­tary school to end so I could go to the mid­dle … Read more

Help! I can’t stop spending money!

If any of you have noticed a rather high-pitched screech­ing sound ema­nat­ing from the Mid­west, it’s prob­a­bly my wal­let com­plain­ing about all the times I’ve used it already this month. I’ve been on a seri­ous spend­ing spree the last few weeks, and unlike most 25-year-old women, I’m not hap­py about it. Grant­ed, that may have some­thing to … Read more

Monthly Status Report: March 2016

Why do I do a month­ly sta­tus report? I find it best to do a month­ly sta­tus report for a few rea­sons. It helps me eval­u­ate how I did the pre­vi­ous month. Did I hit a tar­get reduc­tion in spend­ing or did I go way over bud­get for a par­tic­u­lar cat­e­gory? Did I earn more? What was my over­all sav­ings rate? It helps keep me account­able. How … Read more