Spending – August 2016

Well, it’s only half way through September, and I’m finally getting my spending update together for August. Finally! There’s really nothing too surprising about August’s spending. Yes, I spent a lot on vacation. Most of this was for food (lots of dinners out)and beverages (did we really drink THAT much?!?!). But I’m happy with that amount; I’d planned for $150/day, …

Net Worth Update – August 2016

Welcome to my monthly net worth post for August, 2016. Each month, I post a complete breakdown of my net worth, along with a chart showing the progression of my net worth since the start of this blog. Posting my net worth helps keep me accountable for what I do with my money, and motivates me to make better choices …

The (Season) End Is Near

It seems as though Summer is drawing to a close. Most (if not all) of the schools around here are back in session. The heat is starting to subside, if only slightly. And our garden is starting to wind down. I spend most of the year longing for warm weather, and then always end up feeling like it passes before …

Credit Card Learning Curve

It’s been about a month since I received my shiny new Visa credit card in the mail. I’d love to say that the whole thing has been a resounding success so far, but it hasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been a complete failure. But there have been some issues, and a few things I’m going to have to …

Spending – July 2016

As July was a pretty fabulous month Net Worth wise, it should come as no surprise that it was a fairly uneventful month for spending as well: I spent a total of $1,255 in July, while bringing home a total of $2,624. There isn’t really anything too out of the ordinary this month. I spent a lot more than I probably …

Net Worth Update – July 2016

Welcome to my monthly net worth post for July, 2016. Each month, I post a complete breakdown of my net worth, along with a chart showing the progression of my net worth since the start of this blog. Posting my net worth helps keep me accountable for what I do with my money, and motivates me to make better choices …

Credit Score Worries

I’ve waxed on and on about my feeling on being debt free. My student loans are long gone. The car loan? Gone! Right now, I have zero financial obligations tying me down. Not even a lease on an apartment! No contracts on anything. I could move tomorrow and change my entire life if I wanted to. It’s an amazing feeling! …

The Numbers are Fuzzy

You know, as an Accountant, you’d expect that my numbers would always add up. After all, I spend my days making sure things balance. And yet, as I was glancing over my June Spending Update yesterday, I realized that wasn’t the case. I earned $3,281 in June, while spending $2,936. That leaves $345, which should have been the difference between my …

Making Time a Priority

Several years ago, my mom, sisters and I decided that we needed to start taking an annual “girls trip”. We’re all very close, but as we get older, life gets in the way of spending time together. It’s nice to have time to get away from everything else in the world, and just be together. Originally we thought we’d alternate …

Spending – June 2016

Going into June, I was expecting it to be an inexpensive month. Or, at the very least, a fairly “normal” month. After all, I had already paid June’s rent and Netflix as part of May. That would almost make it a wash with my 6 month car insurance premium, and annual renter’s insurance. Right? I spent $2,936 in June. Which compared …