House of Five Financial Horrors

House of Five Financial Horrors

In honor of Halloween let me introduce you to the money monsters we face. Brace yourself for five appalling creatures intent on wrecking financial havoc. The Too-Good-To-Be-True Siren Beware the siren call of spectacular profits with low risk. Shut your ears from the tempting tease to wire money or pay a fee before a new [...]

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6 Things I Don’t Regret Buying

6 Things I Don’t Regret Buying

Last month I published a post on my Top 4 Most Regrettable Purchases, but of course there is a flip side: all the things I in the last year that I am grateful for. The list got quite long-- I don't regret the plants, the art supplies, or the instruments we have, for example, so I [...]

Finding Fulfillment — What Will You Be When You Retire?

Finding Fulfillment — What Will You Be When You Retire?

Two days ago, my phone buzzed with a trending post on Reddit. The post detailed someone who had achieved FIRE (financial independence and retire early), but says he is ready to go back to work. “The past year has been horrible for me,” he writes, “The lack of socialization, need to get out of the house, [...]

Ostrich to Hawk: My Money Management Evolution

Ostrich to Hawk: My Money Management Evolution

The resounding advice for someone looking to control their finances is to know your finances. We all hear this advice: you should know how much money is coming in, how much money is going out, and ultimately where that money is going. Similar to many others, I did not follow this advice for a long time. [...]

Why I Sold My Dream Car

Why I Sold My Dream Car

The purchase of my first car was an epic adventure. It involved six months of research, flying halfway across the country, and learning how to drive stick. In that time I went from clueless (and could-care-less) about cars to a gear-head. Or, more specifically, a Miata-head. MIATA. Miata. Is. Always. The. Answer. I bought into [...]

My Money Map – A Complete Financial Breakdown

My Money Map – A Complete Financial Breakdown

For a long time I stashed my money away in a bank earning 0.01% interest. In case you are wondering, that is a very bad rate. I did not really care to check or compare, it was just somewhere to put the money. When I started my first internship I was auto-enrolled in a 401k, [...]

Tackling the Money Taboo — How to Talk About Your Finances

Tackling the Money Taboo — How to Talk About Your Finances

How old were you when you had the talk? You know, the one where you sit down awkwardly with your parents, going red in the face as you both dance around a topic you would rather not broach? You know, the one where you talked about your family's entire financial situation, including their income, debt, and net [...]