An Honest Look at My Lifestyle Inflation Over the Past Year

An Honest Look at My Lifestyle Inflation Over the Past Year

You guys, having my blog as a written account of my money for the past year is so crazy. I was looking back through my old posts, and I can't believe how much my life has changed, from what I actually earn and spend to my beliefs and values with money. I thought it'd be [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]