Net Worth Update – September 2016

Welcome to my monthly net worth post for September, 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 …

One Year Spending Recap

In June of 2015, I officially started tracking my spending. I know, I know, most financial planners say that’s the first thing you should start doing when you’re trying to get your financial house in order. But it isn’t like I was spending without a plan: I had a budget! Each week, my paycheck was split into three different accounts: An expenses …

Net Worth Update – March 2016

Welcome to my monthly net worth post for March, 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 …

Reeling It Back In

The excitement of selling my house is finally starting to wane, and I’m settling in to my new reality. Things are really going well so far. Except for one little thing: My spending has gotten out of control! Okay, maybe not out of control. But I’ve definitely been going over budget the last few weeks on my spending money. Seventy dollars …

Mixed Emotions

2015 was the start of my intense effort to finally pay off debt, starting with my student loan. In fairness, I started “straightening out” my financial life several years ago. But there have been several money hurdles that had to be overcome first, like sewer connections, getting the house ready to sell, going back to school, and building a bigger …

The Problem With Goals

I’ve talked a lot about my goal of growing my net worth by $10,000 in 2014. Overall, I think it’s a great goal. I’m still not sure whether or not I’ll be able to make it, but I should come in pretty close. Right now though, I’m having conflicting emotions. The boyfriend and I have done a lot of work …

Net Worth Update – July 2014

Another month is coming to an end, and summer is starting to wind down. I can’t believe how many schools are already back in session! Summer break seems to get shorter every year! Although, I guess a lot of the schools in our area are switching to the “balanced year”, which means shorter summer breaks, but more/longer breaks throughout the …

What’s Your Retirement Dream?

A few weeks ago, our office celebrated the retirement of a coworker, M. It was a bittersweet event. At 73 years old, M retiring was not unexpected. Nor was it unprepared for; M was known for being frugal, cautious, and an avid saver. When M reached 70 1/2, he continued making contributions into his 401k, even though he’d reached the age of required …

Looking Back

I was running through the list of posts I’ve made on this site in the past year. Okay, slightly less than a year. I’ve made 112 posts so far. And looking over them, I realize I’ve changed my mind a lot in the course of one year! When I started this site I was a student, pursuing my Masters in …

Let’s Get Rolling!

For the last 6 months or so, I’ve been feeling a little impatient with the process of growing my worth. Don’t get me wrong, I really do feel like I’ve made great progress over the past year. I’ve made a plan, and managed to stick with it pretty well. I’m excited about what 2014 holds. But at the same time, I …