The House Hunt Begins!

After return­ing from the Chau­tauqua where I talked at length to Paula, I declared I was going to buy a mul­ti-fam­i­­ly prop­er­ty to rent out and kick­start my pas­sive income stream. That time is now! I’ve spent the last sev­er­al months read­ing up on what seems like every blog post ever writ­ten about rent­ing out mul­ti-fam­i­­ly prop­er­ties, how to … Read more

Rant and Rave: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Rant: I hate the cold. HATE IT. As a very petite lady, I seem to suf­fer from cold more than every­one else. Any time the weath­er dips below 50 degrees F out­side, I can be found hud­dled in a hood­ie under mul­ti­ple lay­ers of blan­kets. Last week­end, the weath­er got up into the 50’s. Peo­ple were out wash­ing their cars, … Read more

Monthly Spending Report: January 2016

Jan­u­ary was a nice, calm month. It was great to get a chance to step back and recov­er from the crazi­ness of the hol­i­days, although I did take part in a num­ber of events and activ­i­ties. I start­ed to play dodge­ball every Wednes­day (cheap, fun, and great exer­cise!) which has led me to meet­ing a num­ber of new peo­ple. I also had … Read more

Google Project FI: Review

Dis­claimer: This post con­tains affil­i­ate links. I’m also an incred­i­bly sat­is­fied cus­tomer and hap­pi­ly sing their prais­es even with­out an affil­i­ate link.  I’ve been a Ver­i­zon cus­tomer for 8 years. Ever since I got my first (incred­i­bly crap­py) pay as you go flip phone as a Junior in high school, they’ve been my go to car­ri­er. Big Red had the … Read more

2015 Year End Review

Some­one once told me when I was younger that time speeds up as you get old­er. Being the 13 year old that I was, I pished at him and com­plete­ly wrote off his words of wis­dom. Boy, was he ever right. It seems like just yes­ter­day I was strug­gling to remem­ber to write ‘5′ instead of ‘4’ on my … Read more

Monthly Spending Report: December 2015

Whew! Decem­ber is a whirl­wind of weath­er, fam­i­ly and lots of dri­ving. The month start­ed out pret­ty calm­ly and ramped up the clos­er I got to Christ­mas. For­tu­nate­ly, I was able to take most of the lat­ter half of the month off from work, which helped me deal with every­thing. I had sev­er­al whoops this month that end­ed up … Read more

FI Showcase: Sonya!

I’m start­ing a new series today! On my ran­dom for­ays around the Inter­net, I occa­sion­al­ly run across peo­ple who have already retired ear­ly or are finan­cial­ly inde­pen­dent. Since that’s what we’re all work­ing towards, I find it inspi­ra­tional to read details on how they achieved their goals! That being said, let me intro­duce Sonya from Meowtel.com! At age 27, … Read more

Monthly Spending Report: November 2015

  Novem­ber passed in a flur­ry of events! Between all my activ­i­ties, events about town, friends vis­it­ing, our first big snow of the year and Thanks­giv­ing I hard­ly had a chance to sit down and catch my breath. I spent about 16 total hours dri­ving across 3 states for Thanks­giv­ing, but the qual­i­ty time with my fam­i­ly and all the … Read more

Balancing Travel and Savings

Like most peo­ple, I love going on vaca­tions. Some­one else cooks for a week in an exot­ic locale? Sign me up! But, trav­el­ing can get pricey fast. First class seats for the flights. 5 star hotels. Miche­lin starred restau­rants. Guid­ed tours. A per­son­al masseuse. Cham­pagne when­ev­er you want. Ok now I’m just detail­ing the life of an aver­age bil­lion­aire. … Read more