Credit Cards, Travel

Credit Card #4: Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier

After being convinced that the credit card I was recently approved for was lost in the mail, I finally received it Friday last week. The next morning, I applied and was approved for my fourth credit card in a little less than a year. This may sound a little reckless, especially if you’re from the …

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Credit Cards, Travel

Credit Card #3: Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please view my disclosure policy for more information. It’s been almost exactly a year since I signed up for my very first credit card since I was 18. This was a huge, groundbreaking decision for my husband and me. One that took months of conversations, consideration, nudging from me and compromise …

Mid-Month Net Worth Updates

Mid-Month Net Worth Report: December 2018

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. Welcome to my monthly net worth report! Since July 2017 I have logged into Personal Capital around the 15th of each month to update our net worth. I really look forward to this time of the month so that I can see how much it has increased …

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Monthly Savings Report: November 2018

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. Welcome to another monthly savings report! I can’t believe it’s already time to put this report together, but time flies when you’re having fun, and between going out of town twice and Thanksgiving, this month was an absolute blast. (If you’re not very …

Mid-Month Net Worth Updates

Mid-Month Net Worth Report: November 2018

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. Welcome to my monthly net worth report! I have logged into Personal Capital around the 15th of each month to update our net worth since July 2017. I really look forward to this time of the month so that I can see how much it …

Journal

Granite Countertops

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. As I read  Paula Pant’s recent interview with TIME, two sentences grabbed my attention, forcing quick images of the apartments and houses I’ve called mine over the past ten years to flash through my mind. A lot of our friends were living in places …

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Monthly Savings Report: October 2018

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. For 17 months, I released debt payoff updates at the end of each month to share how much mortgage principal we were able to pay off that month. I did this for several reasons: To be able to look back at our progress …

Mid-Month Net Worth Updates

Mid-Month Net Worth Report: October 2018

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. Welcome back to another monthly net worth report! I began tracking our net worth in July 2017, and I have enjoyed watching it grow ever since. I use Personal Capital, which makes it really easy to calculate it and view our progress. It …

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Monthly Savings Report: September 2018

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. Happy fall, everyone! While my Instagram feed is full of copper hues, fall decor and pumpkin spice everything, I’m still sweating in the 80-degree heat of the East Tennessee valley. I usually get a little sad when summer ends, but this year I’m …

Journal

Deciding Against a Normal Life

Twenty-three hundred times. A low estimate of the number of times I have driven the exact same route to work as of today. It’s a beautiful, scenic drive. At 7:30 AM, the fifteen minute drive from Kingston to Lenoir City on I-40 East allows you to see the sleepy awakening of the east Tennessee valley …