Earning a Raise: Teacher Income Update

Photo by Daniel Fazio via Unsplash.com I'm excited to announce some big salary changes this year! As you guys know, I made about $49,000 last year, plus about $3,000 with my summer job for a total of $52,000 gross income. It was definitely enough to pay off debt and live comfortably, but with some of the [...]

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 [...]

The Real Difference Between Frugal and Expensive Travel: What I Spent in Iceland

My & some of the best people I know at the most touristy waterfall in Iceland-- soaking it all in. Last summer, I took a week-and-a-half long road trip with my roommates to celebrate our graduation. Following typical college student habits, we made the trip extremely cheap. It was pretty awesome, driving up to Maine [...]

Why I Moved to D.C.

Photo by Casey Horner via Unsplash.com When I told people I was moving to Washington D.C., they tended to give me some version of the same reaction: "That's expensive!" And they were right. My rent has increased almost $400/month, and I'm anticipating a lot small cost of living increases (gas, groceries, eating out) that will definitely [...]

The Simple Trick I Used to Rehab my Spending After a Month of Splurging

Photo by Bianca Castillo via Unsplash.com May was a rough month for me financially, and it left me feeling overwhelmed, as I discussed in my previous post. There were bumps in the road that were out of my control, but also a lot of small poor choices I made around my money. As I talk about [...]