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 …

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Why I’m Glad I Don’t Love My Job

As the long-awaited meeting came to a close, I watched my coworkers exchange enthusiastic glances. In response to high turnover rates, my employer finally listened to its employees and granted five more vacation days, rewards for good attendance, a company-wide pay increase and a better 401(k) plan, in addition to continuing to provide free health …

Free Zero-Based Budget Template

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please view my disclosure policy for more information. You guys have been asking for it, and I’m finally providing it – a free zero-based budget template. It is based on the budget that I designed for my husband and myself after we got married (view it here), but I tweaked it in …

Mid-Month Net Worth Report: November 2017

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. For the first time, I wasn’t as excited to calculate my net worth this month. My husband and I took a three day Halloween vacation to Savannah, GA, and we completely wiped out our Vacation sinking fund. And our Family sinking fund. And …

Weekly Podcast Recap: Week 6

Happy Saturday! I’m a little sad to report that you’ll be seeing less of Mad Fientist’s Financial Independence podcasts on my recaps now that I’m finally completely caught up. However, there’s still plenty of ChooseFI episodes to go, and fortunately they release two episodes per week instead of just one per month. A new addition …

Weekly Podcast Recap: Week 5

Another week and over 27 hours of episodes in the books! This post may contain affiliate links.  Please view my disclosure policy for more information. If you’re like me and are wary of traditional retirement accounts because you can’t stand the thought of your money being locked up until you’re almost 60 years old, I highly recommend …