If you know me, then you know that a) I am an avid Parks and Rec fan (I’ve watched the entire series twice and am not ruling out a third run) and b) Leslie Knope is my spirit animal. And while I would have to say that Galentine’s Day is the best new holiday to come out of that show – yes, I celebrate it every year with my ladies – Treat Yo’ Self Day is a close second, and guys, it’s right around the corner.Read More
Retirement savings are my number one savings priority at the moment. It’s fairly unusual that someone my age and in the freelance world is so focused on retirement. Most 20-somethings don’t think about retirement because it seems so far away, and most freelancers don’t think about it because it’s hard to save for as a 1099 employee.
It has been ever since I finished paying off my student loan debt. I opened a Traditional IRA at age 26, and have maxed it out for the last three years. I also have a solo 401k, and a Roth IRA.Read More
I actually found out about the Equifax data breach on Twitter (because, you know, that’s where I get all my news), and while many brushed this off as another case of potential identity theft in a time of many, I knew it was so much more than that. And it got even worse when I verified that I was one of the 143 million people who had had their information compromised. Oy vey.Read More
Ever feel like you’re stuck in one of those rooms where the walls are closing in on you, and there’s nothing you can do but watch them inch closer and closer?
Yeah, that’s how I felt about a month ago.
Work had slowed down from the 120mph pace I was running this past winter (thank you, Jesus) but only by about 20 mph or so (a little more help, Jesus). The blog was taking up most my nights and weekends, what with trying to keep up with the week-to-week requirements, grow my audience, AND work on a project I hope to launch in 2018. On top of that, the Keithster and I were house-hunting for rental properties and officially moving him into my place at the end of July. Oy – f#$%ing – vey.Read More
I have been fortunate in my career to always have been offered a 401(k) – or similar program – by my employers, and to be honest, it would be hard to switch to a company who didn’t offer one. I love my 401(k), especially since it was one of the major players in helping me hit a $250K net worth this summer, and I continue to take advantage of it like QVC takes advantage of old women with cash in their pocket.Read More
I love my credit card. And I may get flayed alive by the Dave Ramsey fanatics out there, but for those who can use them wisely (like yours truly – I would definitely be the villain if Visa ever wrote a superhero comic), I think they can be a great tool to earn some free swag.Read More
I don’t particularly enjoy talking to people at the gym. Call me an a$$hole, but I find that when I’m between the treadmill and weight racks, it’s my time to de-stress from my day. And normally random conversations don’t really aid in that, which is why it was so strange for me to find myself talking to a random guy for 20 minutes in between my lunge sets.
Okay, maybe not a random guy, but more of a “we-went-on-one-date-and-then-ran-into-each-other-at-the-gym-two-years-later” guy. But that’s beside the point.Read More
When you were growing up, you probably had people tell you to speak a certain way. One that comes to mind was: “Say: ‘Pardon me?’, not ‘Huh?’ or ‘Eh?’.”
People knew that what you said could change the way others look at you. More recently, I’ve realized that the words I use influence many of my own behaviors. If I can sum up one profound lesson I’ve learned this past year it’s this:
Words Have PowerRead More
If you’re anything like me and 72,000 other ladies out there, you’ve felt the effects of summer on your wallet. Outdoor concerts, Saturdays spent on the lake, margaritas on the patio of your fav tequila joint…they tend to get the best of us, and before you know it, summer’s gone and so is all of that progress you had been making towards your goals. Damn you, patio beers.Read More
Going off to college is one of life experiences that bring both excitement and trepidation. Many students look forward to the challenge of managing their own finances, yet few are truly equipped to handle the demands of both school and money. After paying for the high cost of tuition, books and fees, students are asked to stretch their money from the first of the month to the end, all the while paying for their food, transportation and comfort. Mastering these personal finance hacks for saving money in college without sacrificing the experience that will make it all the more enjoyable and certainly less stressful.Read More