I Found Out I Wasn’t Debt Free…

Image by Paweł Czerwiński via Unsplash.com I visited my parents' home a few weeks back to celebrate my brother's birthday. I came through the front door, towing boxes from my car since I've been moving all my things there slowly. I walked through my routine of taking my boxes down the basement, talking to whoever's home [...]

Waiting Through the Chaos: Having Patience When You Have No Control | LIFE UPDATE

Photo by Hédi Benyounes via Unsplash.com In my head, my life has been completely nuts lately. In reality, things are actually pretty calm and slow. The reason I feel like life is crazy is because there are so many changes on the horizon, and I'm constantly ruminating on how to tackle them, logistically, mentally, and financially. [...]

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 [...]

What am I Spending my Tax Refund On?

Photo by rawpixel via Unsplash.com Welcome back to tax season, people.  A few weeks back, I got a question from a reader who had just started trying to manage her finances: she wrote, "Since you plan for your budget with your monthly income, what do you spend the extra money from your tax refund on?" [...]

January Net Worth & Debt Update

Photo by Nicole Ditt via Unsplash.com With another month passed, I'm officially only 2 months (or 5 payments) away from becoming #debtfree. This process has been both humbling and inspiring. Sticking to a tight budget has shown me what I'm capable of doing with money and what is really worth spending on. It has also [...]

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 [...]