The Optimizer

LET’S GET READDDDDDDYYYYYYY TO RUMMMMMMMMBBBBBBBBBBBLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEE” Deaf­en­ing cheers from the crowd fill the air as heavy bass is pumped into the room. Strobe lights flash. The antic­i­pa­tion is pal­pa­ble. All of the sud­den, a con­cen­trat­ed beam of light appears on the announc­er stand­ing towards the front of the ring. All eyes focus on him as the cheers … Read more

Takin Care of Business: FinCon 2017 Recap

At last! Gwen writes her recap of Fin­Con 2017! I know you all were los­ing sleep all week wait­ing for it, so with­out fur­ther ado.… my recap! Now, I’m not going to get super into the details this year. It’s not going to be an epic 4500+ word post where I write about each per­son I met (cough … 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

Thrashing the Early Retirement Threshold

I’ve start­ing lis­ten­ing to a lot more pod­casts and audio books now that I’m dri­ving 5+ hours to see my boyfriend. It’s more pro­duc­tive and just about as enter­tain­ing as doing car-eoke. (But way eas­i­er on my voice!) These pod­casts and audio books aren’t just for enter­tain­ment, though. I want­ed to put the time to good use. … Read more

Downsizing, Depreciation, and Debt

When I start­ed writ­ing this blog over two years ago, I was liv­ing in a 1,500 sq ft house that fea­tured 3 bed­rooms, 1 bath­room, and tons of clos­et space. I had more space then I ever need­ed. One bed­room for me, one bed­room for my craft space, and the oth­er upstairs for storage/media room/roommate area. I also had a huge kitchen and liv­ing … 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

Interview with Our Financial Path

I’m busy slack­ing off recov­er­ing from a stress­ful two weeks at work, so today’s post is an inter­view with Mr. and Mrs. XYZ of Our Finan­cial Path. They very gra­cious­ly agreed to trade inter­views with me! You can find my inter­view on their site. It’s full of fas­ci­nat­ing infor­ma­tion and fun tid­bits you might not know about … 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

Monthly Status Report: January 2017

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