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 [...]

Budgetting for an Upcoming Move | My June Budget

Photo by David Boca via Unsplash.com I'm navigating some semi-uncharted budget territory this month since I'm planning the expenses of moving. This means budgetting for a security deposit, first month's rent, moving fees, getting my plates and license changed (since I'll be moving from Maryland to DC), parking, furniture, and probably some other hidden costs. So [...]

My May Budget

Photo by neONBRAND via Unsplash.com Hey Team, I have to admit that I felt very reluctant to write this post for a number of reasons. Firstly, I decided to entirely pause contributions to my 457 in favor of saving for some midterm goals. For some reason, I feel guilty about this. I think it's because [...]

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?" [...]