April Post-Debt Net Worth Update

Photo by Isaac Smith via Unsplash.com Hey Team, I'm excited for this one. You may have noticed that I didn't write a net worth update for February or March, but you'll be surprised to hear that I didn't check my net worth privately, either. This number will be just as much as a surprise to [...]

How to Determine the Right Amount of Money for your Emergency Fund

Image by Sagar Rana via Unsplash.com Because of mostly watching clickbaity YouTube videos to learn about personal finance while I was in college, I used to believe that every adult should have a $10,000 emergency fund. Exactly $10,000. Every single person.  Naturally, it's more complex than that. But the advice still seemed to vary from [...]

Teacher Talk: Why I’m Working Over the Summer After My First Year Teaching

Photo by Roman Kraft via Unplash.com "You might not think you'll need the summer off after your first year of teaching, but trust me, you will." I received this well-meaning advice from a third-year teacher on a panel of new educators, and it made me feel pretty relieved. We all know teaching is demanding work, [...]

A NonMari Minimalist’s Honest Review of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Photo Credit: KonMari Media Inc. I have never read Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This didn't stop me from binge-watching the show, as I'm a sucker for decluttering videos. I liked the positive tone of the show and, of course, loved how Marie's personality brought life to her ideas. Once I [...]

Did I Stay Dry in January?

Photo by Wu Yi via Unsplash.com As the month ends, I'm on my usual routine: editing my next month's budget, looking over my bills, and paying rent. This month, there's a new item on my list: reflecting on my experience with #DryJanuary. How I did, how being sober affected me (and my budget), and whether [...]

The Obvious & the Underrated | Resources for Personal Finance & Minimalism: A Comprehensive List

Photo by rawpixel via Unsplash.com PERSONAL FINANCE The Obvious: Dave Ramsey - Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps are the perfect starting place for beginners who are ready to change their lives financially. His podcast/show is a wealth of information. His delivery can be harsh, but I find that helps the information truly sink in.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh6qxpP8nxE   The [...]

3 Ways Being a Minimalist Has Made Me Better with Money

Photo by Autumn Goodman via Unsplash.com  Minimalism and personal finance are far more connected than people might assume. Of course, minimalists generally buy fewer things. But how can the tenets of minimalism apply directly to personal finance? You might be surprised to hear that my first introduction to perspectives on debt freedom and investment was [...]