personal finance

the ultimate financial checklist to get your s#%! together

See if you can relate:

You’re in your 20s or early 30s and always manage to pay the bills on time but your savings account never seems to grow.

You can’t afford a gift for your friend’s bridal shower but always have the means to buy drinks at the bar at 2:30 in the morning.

You buy the latest and greatest Mac but have no emergency fund.

3 popular money moves that could actually be hurting you

I think one of the reasons I fell in love with personal finance is that like all other stems of math, there seemed to always be just one right solution.  In high school, I could BS my way through a written English exam with the best of them, but a math test? You had to know your stuff.  And that’s what attracted me to this field: I liked knowing that if I made the right choice, I would end up with enough money in the bank to support the life I wanted to live.

However, once I started writing this blog, I quickly realized that personal finance wasn’t all black and white.  Yes, it’s a lot of numbers, but there’s also a lot of emotion that goes into managing your money properly. People out there have a million different circumstances that can affect their financial decisions, and those in similar situations may choose different paths that ultimately lead to the same success.   

how i organized my entire financial life

One of the most heart-wrenching issues I have with our modern day education system is how little emphasis they place on money management. You’ll learn about the Baroque period, how to identify 50 different types of rocks (literally had to do this), and what Buddhism is all about, but money? Nah. We’ll skip it. And even if you do take a personal finance course, it’s all so academic that it’s hard to apply it to real life.

When I graduated from college and was in the midst of my first month at my “real” job, I remember heading to the movies and thinking how nice it was to not worry about buying a $5 Icee at the theater. The freedom! The liberation! The independence!

And then at the end of that month, reality smacked me in the face when I looked at my bank account and had no idea where all that money I had earned went. I thought I was making a killing, but I soon learned my salary didn’t get me as far as I thought it would. Cue a defeated 22 year-old and some sad, dramatic soundtrack.

saved by the...app? how prism is making sure you never pay late fees again

It had been one of those harrying weeks at work – one where you feel like you have 10,000 things on your to-do list, 2 minutes to complete them all, and your stress levels are that of Russell Wilson right before he threw that pick and blew the Super Bowl this year.  I was in the middle of trying to reconcile our monthly budget when I heard my phone vibrate and looked down to see a notification from Prism, a bill management app I use, alerting me that my electric bill was due tomorrow and I had yet to pay.  With everything going on at work, it had completely slipped my frazzled mind that the due date was fast approaching, and as I took 30 seconds out of my day to pay the bill, I thanked my lucky stars that I had a reminder set up to avoid those annoying late fees.