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 …

Debt Freedom IRL

I paid off my car loan on Monday. It was a super exciting day for me: I’ve been in debt since the age of 17, when I went off to college and signed those student loan papers. Twenty years later, I’m FINALLY debt free. Everyone reading this blog knows what a big deal that is. Whether you’ve ever had debt …

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, …

Week 1: 21 Day Fix

Bryan and I officially survived the first week of the 21 Day Fix. How was it? Well, in some ways it was easier than I expected. In some ways, it was harder. I feel like I learned a lot this week. Let’s start with the food. Honestly, I went into the program making it harder than I should have. I …

Maintaining For A Lifetime

We were flipping through a stack of snapshots my Mom finally got back from my sister’s wedding. My Mom had bought two disposable cameras, one for each of my nephews, to take pictures of the wedding. Somehow the cameras ended up in my purse, and since the reception was at a bar (i.e., the nephews weren’t allowed to attend) I’d …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …