Being able to look at the details of other people’s budgets and expenses is one of my favorite things about the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) community. It appeals to my voyeuristic side and it’s a no-nonsense way to see exactly how people assign value to different pieces of their lives. I’ve never tracked our household expenses in detail before, but keeping myself accountable is part of the mission of this blog, so here we go!
This month we spent $3,148.55. That seems reasonable, but since I don’t track our expenses on a monthly basis, I can’t really tell how it will stack up against future months. What did all that money buy us? Continue reading “Our Expenses – November 2016”
There are times in life when you do something or learn something that will permanently change how you think of things going forward.
Those inflection points usually seem so happenstance and sometimes insignificant at the time, but they profoundly change the direction of your life. Continue reading “3 Moments that Forever Changed my Financial Trajectory”
Last Sunday we bought a car. On Saturday I was still a naive public transportation weirdo who had never set foot in a car dealership. By Monday I was a hardened negotiator, with my very own working automobile. Well, sort of. Continue reading “5 Steps for Buying a Used Car in a Single Day”
As I wrote my first few posts on this blog, I spent a lot of time thinking about what aspects of my life I should share with you all. I’m not at all interested in publishing lies about myself, because the whole point of the blog is to hold me accountable for my financial decisions and to make a time capsule of how my life looks at each step along this winding road to financial independence.
At the same time, I’m hesitant to publish the whole truth. Continue reading “Our Financial Un-independence”
What do you do with your extra savings when you run out of tax advantaged retirement accounts to put your money in? Mr. Chedda and I ran into this problem (but can you really call it a problem?) earlier this year. Continue reading “Opening a 529 Plan When You Don’t Have Any Kids”
This post is sponsored by a wonderful bourbon/OJ drink that I’m currently drinking and that helped me to open up about the unpredictability of my life in its current state.
Today Mr. Chedda told his boss’ boss that he’s quitting and his last day on the job will be two weeks from now.
He doesn’t yet have a new job lined up, and he probably won’t receive any paycheck for the next six months or so. Continue reading “Mr. Chedda Quit His Job! (Or, the Unpredictability of Having Piles of Money)”
If you’re just joining the Free Hawaiian Vacation series, take a look at Part I – Intro and Flights, then check out Part II – Hotels.
As my new husband and I flew home from Kauai in our cushy, free, first class seats, we clinked our champagne glasses together and both realized how absurd our trip had been. Continue reading “The Free Hawaiian Vacation Part III – Final Roundup”