4 Things Successful People Do, But I Don’t (And What I Do Instead)

4 Things Successful People Do, But I Don’t (And What I Do Instead)

Self-improvement lists keep flashing across my 'suggested reading' pane, and I can't help but click on them. 7 daily habits that will change your life 10 life improving habits you need to start immediately 5 things to do to be successful in your career Some of the things I have heard my entire life: eat [...]

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November 2018 Expense Report

November 2018 Expense Report

November was the month of travel and family. I kicked off the first week with a business trip to California, where I spent most of the time working outside to soak up as much sun as possible. Traveling for work racked up a grand total of $1,500. That is usually how much I spend in [...]

The Psychology of Money– 4 Ways Your Brain is Working Against You

The Psychology of Money– 4 Ways Your Brain is Working Against You

If you are human, you likely have some hang-ups around money. Our brains are wired in ways that make money management difficult. In order to take control of your finances, it helps to understand the unconscious beliefs that underly your decisions. In the financial realm, there are four psychological phenomena that heavily weigh into our money [...]

How a 25-Year-Old Saved $200,000

How a 25-Year-Old Saved $200,000

There is so much baggage weighing down our money conversations. Taboos and complicated feelings make talking about money extremely difficult, even though it is important. There is shame, spite, and many strong opinions where money is concerned. The way we spend our money is a reflection of the way we want to live our lives. Everyone has their [...]

Why We Plan To Downsize From 1,000 sq ft

Why We Plan To Downsize From 1,000 sq ft

The size of the average house in North America has nearly tripled in size from the 1950s to today, growing from 983 square feet to a spacious 2,349 square feet. I am in my early twenties with no future family on the near horizon. I currently rent a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in Portland, [...]

The Line Between Frugal and Cheap

The Line Between Frugal and Cheap

Nobody wants to be called cheap. We dread being labeled a scrooge, likened to a mean, greedy recluse who would do anything to avoid parting from a penny. We want to be known for our generosity while still saving enough for ourselves. Those who decide to be money-wise are often nervous of being accused of [...]

October 2018 Expense Report

October 2018 Expense Report

Was it just me or did October disappear in the blink of an eye? We filled our October weeks with lots of walks to appreciate the autumn colors, but besides those we have been full-on charging ahead with daily life. Mr. Mechanic has started interviewing for residency at hospitals across the nation and I have [...]