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 [...]

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 [...]

5 Sustainable Switches for Less Than $20 (And Some That Actually Save You Money)

Photo by Victoria Strukovskaya via Unsplash.com Note: This post contains links to products. I am not sponsored by any of these companies. I am far from perfect when it comes to making sustainable choices. Even last year, I would use Ziploc bags for lunch everyday, in addition to a protein bar wrapped in waste. And a [...]

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 [...]