Net Worth Update: November 2019

It’s my favorite time of month again! Ever since July 15, 2017, two days before I turned 29, I have logged in to Personal Capital around the 15th of each month to update our net worth. We were in the middle of feverishly paying off our mortgage at this time and later moved on to …

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Net Worth Update: October 2019

Welcome to my monthly net worth report! Around the 15th of each month I take a few minutes to log onto Personal Capital and calculate our net worth. I’ve been doing this since July 2017 and have enjoyed watching it grow ever since! I wish I had started tracking our net worth at the beginning …

Mid-Month Net Worth Report: February 2019

Happy late Valentine’s Day! This was mine and my husband’s fourth Valentine’s Day together. Since we would rather celebrate days that have more meaning to just us (birthdays and our anniversary), it’s a pretty frugal and easy-going holiday for us. It’s become our tradition that he comes to see me at work with brownie batter …

Our First Mortgage Free Anniversary

Success is a moving target. You’ve heard that line before, and I’m sure you’ve experienced the realization that it’s very true. And if you follow Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps, you know that the cap and gown moment of all of those years of work comes with your final mortgage payment. When you can finally say …

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 …

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 …

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: July 2018

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. My birthday was on the 17th, which makes this the very first net worth report of my 30s. Thirty. I’m 30 now. I still can’t believe it. It’s been a little over a month since I’ve logged into Personal Capital, the free service I …