Net Worth Update – June 2015

Can I just say how super excited I am that it’s a Holiday weekend? Our office is closed on Friday, and then I decided to take Monday off as well. Just because I can. Some days I feel like I’m living for the weekends! Can I retire yet?!? No. Definitely No. But things are continuing to improve every month: Obviously, …

Using Therapy To Help Draw Boundaries

2015 has been a crazy year for me. Some things have been really positive: I paid off the last of my student loans. I sold my house. I’m making huge progress on paying off my car loan. Bryan and I are really starting to dream about the future we plan on creating together. But it hasn’t all been dreams and …

I Miss The Women In Red

I remember many years ago, sitting in my little one bedroom house, after a long shift at a job I hated (but had gone back to, due to my new financial downfall), searching the internet for some small nugget of information that would help me get my life back together. The world of personal finance wasn’t what it is today; …

I Changed My Mind

In The Money Keeps Rolling In, I talked about the refunds I was expecting from selling my house. At that time, I expected to get somewhere around $500 back, between credits on my accounts with the gas and electric company, along with refunds from my mortgage escrow and homeowners insurance. I wasn’t 100% sure what to do with this money, …

Cashing In With a Yard Sale

Even though Bryan and I have been living together for some time, I still hadn’t moved all of my stuff in. Sure, I had all of the necessities, like my dog, and most of my clothes. But for the most part, everything else stayed at my house. After all, we didn’t really need two sets of pots and pans, or …

Auto Fail

I’m a big fan of automatic payments. Mortgage, Insurance, Car Payments, Utilities… I’ve had everything possible on auto-pay for years. I prefer to make the payments through my bank’s bill pay, rather than have the company I’m paying pulling money through my account; I feel a little more in control that way. I budget out the entire year in Excel, …

Debt, Growth and Goals

I’ve been blogging about my financial life for a little over 2 years now. And yet, when I take a look back through my net worth updates, it looks like things are just now starting to move ahead. It seems like I really struggled to make any progress at all the first year. The second year was better, but nothing …

Time for New Goals

Since I began this blog in 2013, I’ve been setting goals for each year for what I’d like to accomplish financially. For me, having a goal helps keep me on track, gives me something to work for (other than the vague idea of financial independence), and lets me know how well I’m doing. 2015 has been a great year for …

Taking the Insurance Plunge

Since the day I bought my first car, way back in 2000, I’ve been a State Farm customer. Well, technically since I first got my license, since I was on my parents’ insurance prior to that. I never even second guessed that decision, I simply called my parents’ insurance agent, and off I went. I bought my first renter’s insurance …

Net Worth Update – May 2015

The month of May was a complete financial whirlwind. I have to admit, I was super excited to see where things would end up. I didn’t net much when I sold my house. Even still, the financial impact was pretty big: Okay, before I talk numbers, give me a second to squeal: I passed $20,000 in net worth! I achieved …