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

Monthly Status Report: April 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

I just made $15K

Yes­ter­day was a gloomy, gross day. It rained most of the day (tor­ren­tial down­pours inter­spersed with black skies), I was com­ing back to work from a 3 day week­end, and had attend­ed a con­cert the night before and was up far past my bed­time. But none of that mat­tered in the end. My cowork­er and I were dis­cussing var­i­ous rates … Read more

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