COVID-19 & My Money

COVID-19 & My Money

This moment in our history has felt so surreal. To me, it has re-emphasized, on a very emotional and visceral level, the importance of understanding and having control of my money. This month, March 2020, marks one year since I (kind of) became debt-free. This is also the month, this year, where I finally completed [...]

It’s Tax Szn: Why Having a Refund isn’t Awesome & How I’m Spending Mine

It’s Tax Szn: Why Having a Refund isn’t Awesome & How I’m Spending Mine

It's that magical time of year again. And yet again, I did not take the advice of personal finance experts who say to adjust your tax withholdings in order to not get a refund. Don't misunderstand me, they are right. You should adjust your withholdings, because it's better to have your own money month-to-month instead [...]

My March Budget

My March Budget

It's almost one year since I've become debt-free (kind of), and I have to say, I'm loving all the ways my budget has changed in just one year. I love that I get to put so much towards savings, that I have more room to spend on food and things, and that I'm investing consistently.  [...]

Anxiety & Money: How Breaking My Arm Brought Up My Financial Fears

Anxiety & Money: How Breaking My Arm  Brought Up My Financial Fears

I broke my elbow on January 27th, just tripping over a small fence that guards the flower beds in front of my apartment, and landing mostly on my elbow and chin. My hearing went out and I stumbled back into my car, disoriented and nauseous, to ride out the symptoms. I remember my arm hurting, [...]

My January 2020 Net Worth

My January 2020 Net Worth

It's that special time of the month again! Here's the breakdown of my net worth, post 3-paycheck month: Pension: $5,398 (+382 since last month) Roth IRA: $2,776 (+673 since last month) 457: $2,470 (+18 since last month) Emergency Fund: $3,984 (+1,007 since last month) Other Savings: $3,573 (+550 since last month) January 2020 Net Worth: [...]