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 [...]

Money + Love: 3 Ways Money Affects My Relationship

Photo by Roman Kraft via Unsplash.com I recently attended an event by The Financial Diet called Money + Love, where panelists (including Tasha from One Big Happy Life, Erin aka Broke Millennial, business owner Ryan Houlihan, and TFD's own Annie and Chelsea) discussed topics relating to the intersection of money and love, all from vastly different [...]

Yearly Spending Breakdown: This Year vs. Last Year (With Graphs)

Photo by Brooke Lark via Unsplash.com If you follow me on Instagram (which you should if you'll get value from it: @wrachelwrites), you've seen these graphs which break down my yearly spending by percentage. I added up exactly what I spent last year (thanks to my budget records, this was easy to do), and made [...]

I Finally Calculated My Retirement Number and the Result Shocked Me

Photo by Erick Palacio via Unsplash.com I've been focused on being in control of my finances month-to-month, but I've put off thinking about a longer-term goal: my (early) retirement. Don't get me wrong, I know exactly how much I want to be investing each month once I get my emergency fund fully built, and I even [...]

On Credit Cards

Photo by Code Mnml via Unsplash.com So, I've never talked about credit cards on my blog. I didn't even realize this until my friend wrote in for a Q & A, asking "Do you have a credit card, and if so, how do you use it?" I thought it warranted an entire post. In my [...]

A Comprehensive Guide to Free & Cheap Things to Do in Iceland

Photo by Jeremy Bishop via Unsplash.com In my post last week, I wrote about all of the pricey things I did in Iceland-- ice caving, glacier hiking, boat riding, kayaking, and snorkeling. While all of these experiences enhanced my connection with the most beautiful country I've ever visited, there are just as many amazing things you can [...]