can I afford that luxury thing?

Maybe you’re finding this post because you’re curious about adding a new expense to your budget.

Or because you’ve been planning on a purchase for a long time, but are getting cold feet.

Or maybe you told someone about a thing (or an experience!) you bought, and they looked at you like you had three heads.

Not just two heads, mind you. Two heads is for normal people who would never dare spend money on something like that.

the millennial's guide to the new tax bill

6 years ago, I was preparing more tax returns in a period of 2 months than most people do in a lifetime.

Newsflash: not my most exciting years.

However, I am now down to one each year (my own), and love him or hate him, Trump’s new tax bill is definitely going to affect it.

the inside scoop: my year in review (2017)

The intro to “End of Year” posts are perpetually difficult for me.

I always want to highlight some of the best and worst of the year, like linking to some adorable puppy video and making a joke about how we’re lucky North Korea hasn’t bombed us yet.

But as I was sifting through the memories of 2017 all I could come up with was the bad. The lows. The worst. All events I really didn’t want to highlight but that seemed to be ingrained in my life as the major world events.

Introducing: A Girl's Guide to Being a Bada$$

This project has literally been 8 months in the making, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally reveal what I’ve been working so tirelessly on all these nights at the library after work and at my home office (AKA my dining room table) on the weekends.

While my friends were out by the pool, actually letting their skin see the sun, I was working.

When everyone else was out tailgating at football games this fall, I was working.

The reason I skipped out on so many patio beers and Friday night happy hours? You guessed it – I was working.

2 ways to battle your credit card debt

If you’re an adult living out in the real world, then there is a more than likely chance that you have credit card debt. Expenses always keep coming, and sometimes, your income can’t keep pace. So, you turn to the credit card to keep the wheels rolling.

Some people have to do this more often than others. Of course, these people may find themselves in a bit of predicament after a little while. Excessive credit card debt shouldn’t be taken lightly, and if you aren’t careful enough, you’ll find that you’re stuck making minimum payments each month.

I can attest to that!

i just bought my 1st rental property

Guys, it’s the post you’ve all been waiting for.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that Keith and I purchased our first official rental property back in September. And while I wanted to write this post MUCH sooner (you know, out of sheer personal excitement), I waited a few months to ensure at least a small level of success (and paid rent) prior to jumping the gun.

However, 3 months later, all is running smoothly (*knock on wood*), and I wanted to give you all the details behind how we got into this real estate game, the process we went through, and the numbers on our FIRST EVER rental property.

why you're not accomplishing your goals (& how to start)

It’s the beginning of a new season in your life. You’re committed to getting more clients, making more money, having more of an impact in your community. You’re setting your goals, your intentions, making your “must accomplish” list.

Flash-forward: It’s the end of the month. It’s halfway through the year. It’s December 31. Those goals you set? Halfway done or never touched. No progress. What gives?

10 money goals you can still conquer by new year's

LADIES. Can someone please explain to me how it’s already the middle of November? I feel like for every passing birthday, the Big Guy Upstairs turns the MPH up on my life speedometer, and if it’s this bad at 30, I can only imagine what 70 feels like. Woof.  

Good news, though: While there’s less than 50 days left in the year, you still have PLENTY of time to hit some of those money resolutions you set back in January…even if you’ve procrastinated on starting them until now.

how to earn 3% on your savings account

Raise your hand if you LOVE earning more money for doing no extra work.

Yeah, me, too, which is why I have no clue as to why I waited so long to tell you all about this savings game-changer. (Ok, it was because I was so busy, but let’s just both agree to move past that and forgive me.)

Last winter, I came upon this app called Digit, and it quickly became one of my go-to financial tools that I used to help supplement my savings game. I’ll admit, I’m already a savings all-star (sorry for the humble-brag), but I also knew that in all reality, I could be doing more. So I signed up for Digit and after about 6 months, had an additional $600 saved that I never even missed. How crazy awesome is that?

20 cheap ways to treat yo' self

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.