Monthly Status Report: October 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…

Be Brave: FinCon16

Hello friends! I’m back in the crushing reality known as the real world. Everything seems to be just a bit dull in comparison to the amazeballs experience known as FinCon 2016. Having been to the Chautauqua last year and Camp Mustache earlier this year, I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong. It … Read more…

Why I’m Going to FinCon 2016

I’m doing a LOT of travel in the next 8 weeks: Maine, San Diego, and London/Europe. People are really interested when I mention my upcoming travel and ask me what I’m doing. The looks on their faces when I tell them I’m attending a conference and I’m EXCITED about it are priceless. I love watching … Read more…

Rant n Rave: Credit Edition

Today’s Rant n Rave theme is credit. There’s all kinds of credit available in the world: credit cards, service credit….. even credit earned in the karma bank.  Things are a bit more ambiguous on the rant and raving side, because I have rants and raves about both credit cards and service credits, the topics de … 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 … Read more…

Balancing Travel and Savings

Like most people, I love going on vacations. Someone else cooks for a week in an exotic locale? Sign me up! But, traveling can get pricey fast. First class seats for the flights. 5 star hotels. Michelin starred restaurants. Guided tours. A personal masseuse. Champagne whenever you want. Ok now I’m just detailing the life … Read more…

Monthly Spending Report: October 2015

  In last month’s spending report, I said October would be a fun and busy month. Little did I know that the last 31 days would beat every expectation I had! My month started off with my Mom coming into town for a ‘just-us-girls-weekend’. We had a blast wandering through the quilt show (and spending … Read more…

Why FI?

I started my new position at work 2 weeks ago, and a conversation I’ve had with many different people usually goes like this: “How long have you been working here? What did you do in your last position? How long are you here with us? What do you want to do when you’re done with … Read more…