TMI Post

** I’ve been writing, and editing, and rewriting this post for months, putting off actually hitting Publish. Why? Because it’s very personal. And definitely TMI. And has nothing to do with personal finance. And involves… girl stuff… And it probably won’t be relevant to most of the readers here. So, feel free to skip this one! You’ve been warned! I …

We Didn’t Win (Thank Goodness!)

As it turns out, I wasn’t one of the 3 winners of the PowerBall Jackpot. I didn’t really think I would be. Typically, I don’t play the lottery. I’m not really much of a gambler. A few times a year I’ll feel lucky, and throw a couple of bucks into tickets. Bryan plays the lottery every drawing: Two PowerBall tickets and …

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 …

2015 Goal Update – Quarter 3

Three quarters of 2015 are now gone, and it’s time to check my goals for this year. 1) Grow my net worth by $10,000 ($21,696 total net worth). Done! 2) List the house. Sold! 3) Pay off the student loan. Done! 4) Invest $3,000 in a retirement account. 5) Earn $500 in “Side Income”. Done! 6) Pay off car loan. 7) Grow my …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Paving Our Own Way

Growing up, I was taught that life had a set narrative: Go to college. Start a career. Fall in love. Get married. Buy a house. Have kids. Retire at 65. Live happily ever after. I never much questioned the expectation. Everyone knew that life was better if you followed the rules! And I started off right on track; I went …