Tl;dr thank goodness this damn experiment is finally over. Continue reading “Twelve months of experiments: December 2018”
I’ve been reading about travel hacking since before I began this blog, but hadn’t put any of my knowledge into practice until about two weeks ago. And it’s all because of a mistake I made recently. Continue reading “Adventures in (kinda, sorta) travel hacking”
Since I’ve completely neglected to post all week, why not a random Friday afternoon post??
There’s a new podcast in town called What’s Up Next? that aims to take the FI conversation to new places. I was lucky enough to be asked by the hosts—DocG and Paul Thompson—to be one of the guests on an episode answering the question “do you have to have a high income to reach financial independence?” Continue reading “What’s Up Next? Podcast appearance”
I own a lot of clothes. For years I was a serial clothes-buyer, accumulating a piece or five here and there at a low-level but steady rate whenever the urge struck to get a flowy summer dress or an oversized comfy sweater (y’all, I’m fighting that urge HARD right now, now that it’s finally fall in DC) or a cute new scarf. And then, last November, I got sick of paying off those transactions on my credit card and I just…stopped. (Stopped buying clothes, that is, not stopped paying off my credit card!)
I didn’t even realize until earlier this year that I’d been on an unofficial clothes buying ban, at which point I decided to make it official for the remaining six months (or beyond) of the year.[*]
But I broke my ban and bought clothes in September, two months shy of a full year. I was so close to making it a year! Here’s why. Continue reading “Breaking my clothes shopping ban two months early”
Woohoo, I’ve got my computer back! Which I suppose means I’ve got no excuse not to post regularly this week. So here goes.
True to the way my life’s been going lately, August passed in a blur. Good thing I’ve got photos on my phone and a spending spreadsheet to remind me of what happened! 😂 Continue reading “August 2018: I hiked; I fell and got a permanent scar”
Surprise, it’s Friday! What gives with the ridiculous lack of posting lately, especially considering I’ve been in town and have had time to write? Well, I walked into the Apple store with a malfunctioning computer on Monday[*] and walked out without one. That is, I walked out without a computer, functioning or malfunctioning. Not sure how long it’ll be before I get my computer back with hopefully some new parts that means it works like it should, and in the meantime I’m learning just how many things I prefer to do on my laptop than on my phone. Continue reading “I went to money nerd camp, summer/Midwest edition”
So my bucket list trip to Glacier was fantastic and it’s long since past time I published this post. How am I supposed to make everyone jealous if I don’t post copious amounts of photos of the park? Buckle in, y’all. This is a wild ride. Continue reading “Glacier National Park: close encounters of the bear and fire kind”
July was shaping up to be a fantastic reversal of my not-so-hot savings rates of the last few months. I was this close with a hefty petsitting paycheck, my COL adjustment kicking in for a very slightly bigger paycheck, a lower month for groceries thanks to gift cards, and not a whole lot else other than gas to get to the beach.
And then last weekend struck. Continue reading “July 2018: my biggest impulse purchase ever (and a $150 hiking weekend)”
Why the post on a Monday, not Tuesday? Surprise, I was on a podcast! Continue reading “FIRE Drill Podcast appearance”
Anyone else notice how when I have spendy months I avoid writing this post until much later in the month? Ahem, anyway. Continue reading “June 2018: thank goodness I’ve finally reached that minimum spend!”