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 [...]

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Money Diary: A Week in Portland, OR

Money Diary: A Week in Portland, OR

When Refine My Money told me about her series on money diaries in different major cities, it sounded like a fantastic idea. She then asked me to write one up for her and I was in! I had seen other people keep money diaries but was never organized enough to do it. It is definitely [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

5 Things We Are Waiting To Buy

5 Things We Are Waiting To Buy

Humans are funny creatures. We spend weeks getting hyped about something and lose sleep wondering when the delivery will arrive. Yet although we jump around in excitement when the package comes, we are prone to forget about it just a few weeks later. The days following the holidays don't have the same nostalgic twinge as the [...]

September 2018 Expense Report

September 2018 Expense Report

I didn’t spend too much time at home this month. I converted from hourly to salary at my new job so I flew down to California to go to orientation. I flew out early in order to take advantage of the weekend and crashed at a family's place in San Francisco. Disclosure – this post [...]