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…

Housing Dilemma

Now that I have permanently moved to my new city, it’s time to start looking for a multi-family rental property to buy! I am determined to succeed this time after I failed to buy a property in my old city earlier in 2016. I love only paying $400 in rent to live in my friend’s … Read more…

Monthly Status Report: November 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…