The $200 New Car

I’ve talked a fair amount in the past about my old car. It was a 2005 Pon­ti­ac Vibe. I bought the car for $8,000 cash in 2011 after a deer killed the Neon I was dri­ving. Hon­est­ly, it was the best thing to hap­pen to me.  I had the Vibe for 6 years and put just about 100,000 miles on it. … Read more

Monthly Status Report: August 2017

Dis­claimer: some links may be affil­i­ate links. They help off­set the cost of keep­ing this blog run­ning! 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 … Read more

Blocks and Barriers

Have you ever craft­ed a to-do list for the day in the morn­ing, full of moti­va­tion and inspi­ra­tion that today is the day you are going to get things done! .……and then bed time rolls around and you’ve only done one easy item.… maybe two if you’re lucky. What stops us from being our best selves … 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

Financially Free?

This FIRE com­mu­ni­ty rocks, y’all. There are amaz­ing­ly smart blog­gers who write some real­ly deep arti­cles that real­ly make you stop, think, scratch your head, think some more, write a com­ment at 5 am, and then enjoy some more think­ing. Ms. Our Next Life is no excep­tion to this. She recent­ly post­ed an arti­cle on Why “Finan­cial … Read more

Enough is Enough

I have a prob­lem. All my friends are awe­some. Now, on the list of prob­lems to have, this one is so minor that it bare­ly rates being list­ed as a prob­lem. How­ev­er, it both­ers me, so I’m count­ing it as a prob­lem. I’m blessed that I’m expend­ing brain pow­er on this, and not some oth­er press­ing issue like … Read more

Rental Property #1

Well every­body, it’s offi­cial. I am a home­own­er! Per­haps more impor­tant­ly in this con­text, I’m also now a land­lord! “Ok Gwen, that’s cool, BUT SHARE THE DETAILS! WEVE BEEN TEASED ENOUGH!!” Alright, alright, alright. Here’s the num­bers and infor­ma­tion on my very first rental prop­er­ty! Stats: Triplex Unit #1: 1 bed­room, 1 bath Unit #2: 1 bed­room, 1 bath Unit #3: stu­dio, … 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

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

I’ve men­tioned my expe­ri­ence in the mil­i­tary here and there, but I haven’t real­ly gone into any detail about it. I’ve got­ten sev­er­al requests to talk about var­i­ous aspects of being in the mil­i­tary and I’m hap­py to oblige! I don’t real­ly like to bring up being in the mil­i­tary in my every day to day … 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