The Simple Way to Jumpstart Your Money Journey

The Simple Way to Jumpstart Your Money Journey

I'd been going around in circles, in my head, trying to come up with an elegant solution for people trying to just start getting control of their money.  But it wasn't simple. I knew this because my own journey had been messy-- I followed financial resources that I later learned to be problematic. I tried [...]

It’s Tax Szn: Why Having a Refund isn’t Awesome & How I’m Spending Mine

It’s Tax Szn: Why Having a Refund isn’t Awesome & How I’m Spending Mine

It's that magical time of year again. And yet again, I did not take the advice of personal finance experts who say to adjust your tax withholdings in order to not get a refund. Don't misunderstand me, they are right. You should adjust your withholdings, because it's better to have your own money month-to-month instead [...]

Setting Audacious Goals

Setting Audacious Goals

2020 is almost here-- and I haven't been so excited for a new year in a really long time. I don't know what it is, but I've always found that setting resolutions and goals for the year ahead felt arbitrary and not particularly motivating for me. But, at the same time, my life has always [...]

My December Budget

My December Budget

As I get older, I realize each year how much I genuinely love December. I just get so excited for my goals in the next year, and I love the snow and holidays while you can still romanticize them, before SAD kicks in and it's just... cold and dark? Definitely not looking forward to all [...]

October 2019 Net Worth Update

Photo by Alejandro Escamilla via Unplash.com I'm nervous. I haven't done a net worth update since April, but I did check my net worth again in September, and I wasn't happy. I'm not sure exactly what happened, but it ended up being just a little higher than the April net worth I tracked. It made sense, [...]

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 [...]