House Hunt: Round 2

A lot has changed in the last year! Many of you are new readers since then (super happy you’re here!), so you might not know I attempted to buy a multi-family rental property about this time last year. Fortunately, I documented the entire saga so you can quick go back and refresh what happened to … Read more…

Career and Life Update Jan 2017

I had a revelation. A new outlook on life, as it may be. I’m going to do that sneaky thing though and make you wait to find out what it is until you get to the end. Fortunately for you, it’s a quick update on how my career and life are going overall. It’s been almost … Read more…

How I saved $130k in 3 years….. and you can too!

Before we get to the super juicy stuff, Julie from Millennial Boss has graciously featured my guest post Working is Expensive. I encourage you to go check it out! The news is full of articles about the Obstacles to Millennials Saving for Retirement. Millennials aren’t saving enough for retirement. Half of Millennial women aren’t saving for … Read more…

Recap: Camp Mustache SE 2017

I’m not sure how many times I can say I’ve just come back from the Best. Weekend. Ever, but…… once again….. I JUST HAD THE BEST WEEKEND EVER. I started off the weekend early with a night in Chicago before I flew out Friday morning. Miss Mazuma graciously offered to let me crash on her … Read more…

Saving and Giving

Saving for early retirement increasingly feels like a juggling act. There are so many ways to utilize the money coming into my pockets. Way more ways, actually, than the amount of money coming in. I could buy burritos every day, sock as much as I can into every tax efficient account possible, and even give … 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 … Read more…

Monthly Status Report: December 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 … Read more…

Uber Frugal Challenge: Jan 2017

I thought I would try something new for January, so I’m participating in Mrs. Frugalwoods’ Uber 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 … Read more…

Recap: 2016 Edition

2016 might have been an incredibly sucky year by many standards, but it was a banner year for me on basically every front imaginable. I hit all of my personal, professional, and financial goals for the year, which I think is the first time that’s ever happened for me. Highlights include trips to Seattle [Camp Mustache], … Read more…