The Money Keeps Rolling In

I didn’t exactly make bank when I sold my house: I walked away from closing with a check for $2,262. Plus a $300 check for selling the new owner my drapes and riding lawn mower. Honestly, I was happy to be making anything. And not having the house will be savings me around $7,000 per year. We would have been …

Reeling It Back In

The excitement of selling my house is finally starting to wane, and I’m settling in to my new reality. Things are really going well so far. Except for one little thing: My spending has gotten out of control! Okay, maybe not out of control. But I’ve definitely been going over budget the last few weeks on my spending money. Seventy dollars …

Exciting Possibilities Ahead

I sold my house on Friday. I still can’t believe that I actually did it. The house is gone. No more planning my weekend around getting over there to mow the grass. Planning my budget around mulching a house I don’t even live in. No more worrying about something breaking, or being damaged, or what’s happening to the house while I’m …

Project: Selling The House – Update 4

Well, it’s Friday, May 15th, and the house has officially sold! True to the Realtor’s word, we closed at noon today. And with hardly a hitch! Well, one slight hitch: When the Buyer had asked about buying my curtains, I’d asked the Realtor to offer her the lawnmower as well. He never got back with me on the mower, but …

We Probably Won’t Have Children. I Have Mixed Emotions About That.

In my early teens, I belonged to a small youth group at a church in my neighborhood. There was a young couple that often helped out, giving us rides to events, acting as chaperones when needed. They were the epitome of what we all were taught to strive for: Married, living in a nice neighborhood (downright rich compared to where …

Project: Selling the House – Update 3

My Realtor says we’ll close on the house on May 15th. Granted, when he said that he hadn’t actually scheduled anything. And hadn’t checked with the bank to make sure everything checked out on the buyer’s mortgage. And closings in my state are notorious for not closing on the first scheduled date. But, I guess if everything aligns, I’ll be …

The Flowers That Sent Me Over The Edge

Everyone has their breaking point. As human beings, we’re only capable of mentally/emotionally handling so much. About mid-April, I hit that point. I was already expecting April to be a stressful month: My grandma was moving into an assisted living facility, and there was a lot of family drama surrounding that. My house is in the process of being sold, and …

The Past Doesn’t Have to Define You

There are two posts that are fairly common in the personal finance community: The posts reminding us of how important it is to make good decisions early on in life, and the posts about overcoming past financial mistakes. I think both are very important, even necessary, for helping people better their financial lives. The problem? They always leave me feeling …

Net Worth Update – April 2015

April has been a crazy month for me, and definitely not in a good way. But, somehow, I made it through. And in fairly good shape: I’ll admit, when the going got tough, the budget pretty much went out the door. Some of it was understandable, like the money that was spent due to the unexpected death of my sister’s …