By the numbers: My spending for January 2019

You know how sometimes you let chores and errands and obligations pile up until there’s nothing left but to ignore what you want to do and take time to actually do what needs to be done? Yeah, well that’s what the past week has been like for me. I’ve spent most of my waking hours … Read moreBy the numbers: My spending for January 2019

The “Beat Last Year” Budgeting Challenge!

The “Beat Last Year” Budgeting Challenge! This is one of the best challenges I’ve heard in a while 🙂 From fellow reader, Anne: Hi J, I wanted to share a new challenge I am doing for myself. I eat out at fast food/pizza/restaurants wayyyyy too much, and my personal capital export from 2018 made me … Read moreThe “Beat Last Year” Budgeting Challenge!

How Much Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

Congratulations! You’ve found true love and you’re ready to pop the question. A proposal typically comes with a ring and you may find yourself asking “how much should I spend on an engagement ring?” The common recommendation is to spend two to three months’ salary on an engagement ring. Some suggest it’s OK to finance an … Read moreHow Much Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

How to Negotiate on Everything for Your Wedding

If you’re getting married, you need to prepare yourself for a hefty price tag for the event. According to a 2017 survey by The Knot, the national average cost of a wedding is $33,391. Few people have that kind of money in the bank, so many couples turn to credit cards or loans to finance … Read moreHow to Negotiate on Everything for Your Wedding

Preparing Your Budget for Next Year

How to Set Up Your Budget. Are you looking at your spending from last year and wishing you had done a better job of staying on track or wished you had saved more? Maybe you just wish you didn’t have as many bills to pay off from Christmas spending? Now that it’s a new year, … Read morePreparing Your Budget for Next Year

My financial plans for 2019

Earlier this week, I lamented the fact that my net worth plunged by more than 15% in 2018. Although much of this was due to accounting quirks (buying back this website and remodeling the house, neither of which get tracked by my personal net worth) and larger economic forces (the stock market declined by 6.2% … Read moreMy financial plans for 2019

8 Things You Can Make in an Instant Pot to Save Money

The Instant Pot is truly an amazing kitchen gadget that saves you time when it comes to meal prep. You probably already know that you can make delicious fall-off-the-bone ribs and perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs with your IP, but did you know you can make other everyday necessities? Here are…

6 great new financial resources 💪💪

6 great new financial resources 💪💪 I did a LOT of reading over the break and came across a ton of new resources in the process. Here are a smattering of them which should hopefully point you in the right direction depending on your current journey 🙂 If you found any good ones lately I’d love … Read more6 great new financial resources 💪💪

My 2018 year in review

Across the web, I see other financial bloggers sharing their year-end financial summaries. Some folks had good years. Financial Samurai’s net worth increased by 6.5% in 2018. Others had mediocre years. Fritz at The Retirement Manifesto saw his net worth decline by 2.1% thanks to a volatile stock market. Me? Well, I’m embarrassed to share … Read moreMy 2018 year in review