My 10 Year Plan: 2017 Update

I typ­i­cal­ly update my long-term pro­jec­tions each year around late spring. Due to the fact some­one pressed the fast for­ward but­ton on my year, I’m updat­ing it now instead! If you’re unfa­mil­iar with my 10 year plan series, you can catch up by read­ing 2015’s iter­a­tion and 2016’s post before you con­tin­ue with 2017. I … Read more

Mid-Year Check In

How time flies! I can’t believe the year is already half over. Seems like just yes­ter­day the weath­er start­ed to warm up. Now it’s almost too hot and humid to func­tion nor­mal­ly out­side! At the begin­ning of the year, I declared 2017 to be the “Year of Car­ing”. Based on the goals I list­ed in that post.….. yeah … Read more

My Vision of FI: Phase One

I’ve writ­ten pre­vi­ous­ly about my plan for finan­cial inde­pen­dence. Twice, actu­al­ly. Once in My 10 Year Plan post and again in it’s sequel, My 10 Year Plan: 2016 Update. I know, I’m real good at com­ing up with titles. Be jeal­ous of my skil­lz. For those of you that have just stum­bled across this lit­tle slice … Read more

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

I’m up to my eye­balls in paper­work for the house, inspec­tions on the house, mak­ing calls about the house, and doing 12 hour work days this week. Mrs. Picky Pinch­er has gra­cious­ly agreed to do a guest post to help me out! She is the blog­ger and res­i­dent klutz at She writes about her jour­ney … Read more

My Investments

Before we dive deep into the world of invest­ments, I want to make clear I am not a finan­cial advis­er. What I write should not be tak­en for advice. I don’t even know if I’m doing this thing right! That being said, I’ve received a few emails ask­ing me what I invest in, what my invest­ments look like, and what Bartholomew … Read more

2017: The Year of Caring

Y’all, the FI com­mu­ni­ty is seri­ous­ly one of the best com­mu­ni­ties I’ve ever been a part of. There are a ton of amaz­ing­ly smart, kind, and wel­com­ing peo­ple every where you look! Not to men­tion, they come up with thought-pro­­vok­ing and life chang­ing posts. One of the posts that made me stop and think recent­ly was a post … Read more

Über Frugal Challenge: Jan 2017

I thought I would try some­thing new for Jan­u­ary, so I’m par­tic­i­pat­ing in Mrs. Fru­gal­woods’ Über Fru­gal Chal­lenge! Below are some steps from the arti­cle I linked that artic­u­late what I’d like to achieve by doing the chal­lenge. Step 1: Estab­lish your goals I am par­tic­i­pat­ing in this chal­lenge to save up as much mon­ey as pos­si­ble … Read more

What Do I Do After A Raise?

Have you ever had a job where your salary is enough to meet your needs? Have you got­ten a raise because you’re awe­some.… and then had no idea what to do with all that extra mon­ey? I’m in this exact boat after I got my new job. It came with a hefty 10% raise! My pre­vi­ous salary was more … Read more

One Year with Project FI

Last year I wrote about flip­ping off say­ing a fond farewell to Ver­i­zon and say­ing hel­lo to the new kid in town, Google’s Project FI phone plan. I was going through my num­bers on Mint (at a record high thanks to low spend­ing, pay­day, and a strong mar­ket) and real­ized it’s been a whole year since I switched to Project FI. Because … Read more

My Side Hustle: Revealed at Last!

The num­ber one ques­tion I’ve been get­ting from every­one late­ly is “Hey, what’s your side hus­tle? I’m DYING to know!” I didn’t real­ize that I was cre­at­ing this big of a mys­tery! It tru­ly wasn’t my inten­tion. At first, I wasn’t ready to share it. Then.….. I didn’t want to talk about it until I was on firm foot­ing and … Read more