Net Worth Update – February 2014

Another month in 2014 is coming to an end. I’ve got to say, I’m super excited about my financial progress so far this year: In one month I’ve managed to grow my net worth by $4,800. Wow! Granted, a big chunk of that was due to my tax refund. But even without the refund, I doubled my growth from last …

Republic Wireless – 3 Months Later

I’ve had my Moto X phone with Republic Wireless for around 3 months now. Enough time to have gotten used to my new phone, and my new plan. First let me say, I’m not exactly a tech wizard. I text, email, Facebook, Pinterest, and google random facts that the BF and I disagree on. I probably use 50% of this …

Straying from Dave’s Plan

On Wednesday I wrote that I’m reading Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover (again), and using it as a basis for my own financial strategy. Early on in the book, Dave makes it clear that his plan works in every situation, regardless of how special you may think your situation may be. I get what he’s saying. And yet, I’m not …

Problems Ahead

I try not to talk too much about my job on this blog. Even though I’m fairly anonymous here, I don’t ever want to be in that awkward position where I say something here and it gets back to the people I work with. I have mentioned that I’m keeping my eyes open for a new position. I wouldn’t say …

The Payoff Plan

I started re-reading Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover this weekend, while I was sick and unable to do much of anything else. I first heard of Dave Ramsey about 5 years ago, and have read several of his books (and watched some of his DVD’s) over the years. Overall I really like his plan, and am doing something very close …

Wasted Days

Last week did NOT go as planned. I took Thursday and Friday off last week in order to work on my house. It makes sense to take some time off right now. It’s really slow at work, so now is a good time to be out of the office, since no one will have to pick up any extra work …

Hearts and Flowers

Valentine’s Day is a few days away. Stores are filled with hearts and cards and chocolates. Florists are stocking up on roses. Commercials abound for diamonds and jewels. Restaurants are gearing up for a busy weekend.¬†For all of the talk about romance and love, Valentine’s Day has really become more about commercialism and a standard of expectations. Flowers. Jewelry. Fancy …

Small Dollars

Over the past year I feel like I’ve been making great headway on my path to get out of debt, and eventually reach financial independence. Granted, I still have a long ways to go. But I have a successful budget, an emergency fund, and a plan. One thing I’ve noticed along the way is the frequency of “surprise money”. You …

Careful Shopping

This past Sunday, I went to the Home Show with my parents and younger sister. The Home Show and Flower and Patio Show are two annual events that I love to attend; I get so many ideas! I love remodeling and landscaping projects, so these shows are right up my alley. The being said, these types of shows are known …