life as a part-time blogger: the ins & outs of running a blog while still working a 9-to-5

Guys, I’ve officially been blogging for 3 years.  THREE. YEARS.  I celebrated my blogiversary back in September, and while I can’t say there haven’t been times where this has felt like job, I don’t regret all the time and effort that has gone into it. To be honest, I love doing this. I love hearing that one of my posts has helped one of you save a little more or inspired you to go kick some a$$ in this world.  And while I’d like to do more (I have SO many ideas that I want to put into action), I also have a full-time job, friends, family, a house to maintain (why are there so many leaves??) and a new boyfriend.  And balancing all of that can be hard.

saved by 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.

how i saved $37,000 in two minutes: my loan amortization calculator tool

I’m just going to start off with this:  if you have a loan or expect to take out one for any reason – student, car, home – within the future, you will want to read this post.  Trust me.

When I first started my home buying process way back in 2013, I was like a deer in the headlights:  staring at this large responsibility coming my way but completely stunned as to which way to turn.  I knew roughly how much I wanted to pay per month on my mortgage, and with the help of some mortgage payment calculators found through a simple Google search, I knew how that translated into a home price.  However, what I didn’t know is how much it was REALLY going to cost me. 

my move to a standing desk: 4 months later

I got two different reactions when I told people I had moved to a standing desk.   The first was one of jealousy…the other extreme disbelief (and not in an encouraging way).  I know, it’s a fairly new trend that is just in its baby phase, but when the fitness freak in me heard that it was an option at my workplace, I couldn’t help but jump at the chance.  I had spent 5 years of my life sitting roughly 9 hours a day, and let me tell you, I was doing more squats than Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime to make sure my butt didn’t turn into cellulite city.  It was getting out of control.

when cutting expenses just doesn't cut it: my love of a second income

See if this paints a picture of you: You read all the articles online about ways to save money, make an airtight budget, and stick to it as best you can.  You may go over a little on groceries, save a little on gas, but at the end of the month, you’ve come in pretty close and you’re still left with next to nothing in extra cash.  So what gives?