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Monthly Archives: April 2019

I am always trying to learn. Usually, I read at least one Personal Finance article a day—most days, multiple articles. One suggestion I see often, that I absolutely love is: avoid lifestyle inflation. Oh snap! This is genius, relatively simple to do, and makes a huge difference. It’s also really challenging to reverse engineer if lifestyle inflation has already creeped in.  What is Lifestyle Inflation? Simply put, lifestyle inflation (or lifestyle creep)… Read More

Here is another weekly installment of Living Frugally where I share my frugal accomplishments for the past week. Be sure to share your frugal successes in the comments! Last week I didn’t post my weekly Living Frugally installment because we were cruisin’! (I was on a 7-day cruise. It was magnificent.) But I’m back now! When we arrived back home from the cruise, we did all kind of chores. Mostly unpacking and… Read More

Maybe it’s your first time having access to a 401(k), or maybe you are now playing catch-up (like me). Here, I hope to share the basics of a 401(k), and how to get started investing in one. No fretting necessary. This is something you absolutely can do. Sun’s up, guns up, folks! (Just kidding. I support reasonable gun ownership laws.) 401(k)’s: The Nitty Gritty **All numbers/laws referenced are 2019 figures. Always check the… Read More

I have made a ton of baloney decisions in my life. Among these include developing a drinking problem in my late teens/early twenties (arguably genetics played a role in this), all of the dating choices I’ve ever made (except for my current partner of course), and spending every dime of money I earned up until age 27-ish. I “should’ve” done a ton of things differently. I didn’t and yet, here I am. … Read More

Here is another weekly installment of Living Frugally where I share my frugal accomplishments for the past week. Be sure to share your frugal successes in the comments! Last weekend, my mom and I visited my nephew who lives a few hours away. We spent the night at his parents’ house while they were out of town. Money was spent on gas (~$30), groceries (~$45), and a Red-Box movie ($1.89). Additionally, we… Read More

When someone doesn’t sign off on what we think, feel, say, or do, it can be hurtful. When I started to save money, pay off debt, and generally work toward financial stability, oddly, there were a few naysayers along the way. Why it matters to other people, I don’t know. Nevertheless, we are an opinionated species, and I certainly encountered my share of criticism.  Making changes can be hard, and it becomes… Read More

Since the days of old, I’ve held the highest standards for myself. I tend to set bizarre expectations, that only matter to me. From elementary school until college, I’d rewrite my notes or homework assignments if I didn’t like my handwriting or the pen I was using. I used to be extremely meticulous about my appearance. Though my “symptoms” of Perfectionism have evolved through the years, I find signs of it in… Read More

Here is another weekly installment of Living Frugally where I share my frugal accomplishments for the past week. Be sure to share your frugal successes in the comments! A colleague of my husband’s was leaving the company, and we all went out to enjoy free live music. Afterward, everyone came to our house and we ordered pizza. It was a blast! Attended a Professional Development opportunity in my area that was helpful… Read More

Burned Out? Same. In approximately 10 days I’m going on vacation. I. CAN’T. WAIT. For the last two-ish years I have worked an intense schedule. A light week is anything that clocks between 40-50 hours, and a standard week is easily 50-65 hours. Add to this, the nature of my work is physically, emotionally, and mentally taxing. Most days, I love my job. I am so very grateful this is where I… Read More

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