Feeling Lost

Over the last thirteen days, I’ve found myself compulsively checking the online account for my car loan. I’m half expecting for some random amount to show up due; Maybe accrued interest, or some accounting error. But each time the balance remains at $0. I should feel happy about that. Relieved. A sense of calming freedom. Instead, I find myself feeling a …

A Little Shuffle Equals Big Change

Monday morning I settled in at my desk and logged in to my Capital One 360 account to check on the status of my April payment. I expected to see the balance of my car loan sitting at $3,442; My April payment had left my bank account last week, but it seems to take forever for those payments to clear! Instead, …

Money, Beaches and Time

Let’s go to Jamaica at the end of the month! There are times when I think that Bryan has lost his mind. This was one of them. Standing in the kitchen, having just finished his tax return, he wanted to plan a last-minute trip to Jamaica. I think it’s the Spender in him: I’d just told him that his tax …

Saying Goodbye

My Grandma passed away last Tuesday evening. She was 87 years old, so this wasn’t exactly a shock. And yet, somehow, it still was. It’s odd that she would pass on a Tuesday: For the last couple of years, I’ve had a standing visit with Grandma every Tuesday night. It was just something that fit into my schedule. Bryan sees a group …

How Much Is Data Worth?

It’s been almost two years since my old cell phone took a dive (or a swim… in the toilet), and I took the plunge with Republic Wireless. I can honestly say it’s been a pretty great couple of years; Aside from the very rare minor issues that pop up with all cell phones, everything has been seamless. I chose Republic’s …

Finding My (Blogging) Direction

I’ve been terrible at keeping up with posts on this blog. This isn’t something new: I’ve struggled with this since starting the blog. It isn’t for lack of time, although some weeks are definitely better than others. And it isn’t for lack of ideas; I can think of a million and one ideas of what to write about, and have …

When It Rains…

The Spring and Summer of 2015 have been relentlessly wet here. It seems like every day brings showers or storms. The ground is soggy. The streets are flooded. Our tomato plants look pitiful. The jalapenos are another story. You know what doesn’t happen when it rains? Construction. My job has been a little slower, which doesn’t bother me in the …

Where Do We Go Now?

Since I sold my house, there’s one question that keeps coming to mind: What now? Over the past couple of years, it seems like Bryan and I have talked over hundreds of different options. Maybe we’ll move somewhere warm, like Florida, or Arizona, or New Mexico. Maybe we’ll save up and buy a little house on a big piece of land, …

Figuring Out My “Why” And Planning For The Future

I’ve been reading a lot lately about how, in order to set achievable goals, you need to understand the “why” behind them. Which really hits close to home for me. I’ve had the goal of getting out of debt for a long time now. But that was as far as the goal went, to be debt free. I never figured …

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, …