Week #3: Staying the Course

As I talked about last week, my follow through seems to be lacking a little bit these days.  But we have continued to try to stick it out for our financial challenge month.  I will admit, it definitely hasn’t been perfect.  I think this week things slid of the rails a bit because …

Week #2: The Follow Through

“Words are meaningless without intent and follow through.” As evident by the fact that my week # 2 post is coming halfway through week # 3, I am having a little bit of follow through trouble these days.  It is an issue that I am finding permeates more areas of my …

Week #1: Perceived Deprivation

We have completed the first week of our non-essential spending freeze.  If I am being honest, it wasn’t too hard.  I think, as with any behavior you are trying to minimize, the perception of deprivation was harder for me than anything else.   My husband and I agreed to the freeze and began …

Starting a No Spend Month

Starting A No Spend Month

In the spirit of full disclosure, budgeting can be tricky.  It is often a word that strikes fear into the hearts of grown adults.  People ask what will I have to give up? Or, how boring will my life be when I am budgeting?  According to dicitionary.com:  Budgetnoun an estimate, often itemized, of expected …

Book Review: The Financial Diet

The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money  by Chelsea Fagan and designed by Lauren Ver Hage (September, 2017) is a book based on the blog by the same name that has evolved into a great resource for personal finance.  You can visit the site here. …

Book Review: Financially Fearless

One of the things I am constantly astounded by is the sheer number of personal finance books in the marketplace today.  It can be overwhelming to even know where to start as you try to research financial topics and become more informed.  So, in keeping the conversation going about money, …

The Importance of Staying Organized

In the spirit of starting honest conversations on financial matters, I am going to take a brief deviation from the list of topics I originally had planned, to discuss an issue of importance that has come into focus for me in the past few months.  It is not the most …

Starting the Conversation

Recently, I went out to dinner with two of my oldest friends.  I have known them both since middle school and we have watched each other take huge milestone steps like graduating college, getting married, buying houses, moving away for work, and countless others as we have all grown up.  …