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 …

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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 …

Monthly Savings Report: April 2018

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please view my disclosure policy for more information. How is it possibly May already?! After a month of endless rain, unseasonably cold temperatures and even a little snow, I feel that I have been cheated out of a month of summer. And through it all, April was a busy month! I …

Mid-Month Net Worth Report: March 2018

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please view my disclosure policy for more information. Wow, March 15 really snuck up on me. It feels like just yesterday that I was just adding up last month’s numbers. The arrival of spring is just five days away, and as East Tennessee is being splashed with varying shades of pinks, …