Nope, you didn’t miss the March spending summary. There wasn’t one. Oops. Wow, does life get in the way sometimes! I have not had much time at all to write lately, between work deadlines, family commitments, a toddler birthday party to host, a nice trip to see extended family, etc., etc. etc. Most of you…Read More
Like many working moms, finding the right balance between career and family is a big challenge for me. I am a mom to two boys age three and under, and I am our family’s primary breadwinner. Right now, while my kids are young, it feels like my career is getting my better energy, my better…Read More
This post is relevant for both women and men, but on this year’s International Women’s Day, it is my personal message to all the women reading. Happy International Women’s Day, by the way! I was challenged by Chelsea at Mama Fish Saves to share some financial advice for women on this important day. Check out the…Read More
We made a conscious choice to buy a cabin instead of a car. Curious how that was possible?
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Ok, month 2 of spending data! I’m liking reporting on our spending so far. It has helped me more clearly categorize what we have control over in the near-term vs. which costs are more fixed unless we make a larger life shift. It has also helped me come to terms with some unexpected large costs…Read More
Here’s our first post where we’re putting some of our numbers out there – it’s a bit intimidating to be honest! Also, it’s the middle of February and I’m just getting this analysis together, but better late than never. As January was my first month blogging, we’re still getting the feel for this and still…Read More
So I don’t want to jinx my son’s progress by writing this, but I think we are in solidly potty trained territory! This is a bit of a silly post, but I have been waiting almost three years for this and am quite excited, so I hope you’ll forgive me. As any parent knows, what…Read More
Sadly, this is not a post I want to write. We’ve had to seriously dip into our emergency savings over the last 12 months. Some of the reasons were happy ones, but some were very annoying! In both cases, we were grateful to have had the foresight to have built a savings account to draw…Read More
With two young kids, our monthly child care costs exceed $2,500. That’s over $30,000 a year! To say the least, this has made a very significant difference in our disposable income and will impact our savings goals in a big way. Our goal of financial independence is still very real, but this time period with…Read More
We didn’t plan on being vacation rental managers. It sort of just happened, with a lot of work along the way! We now have an income-generating property that we can use for our own family vacations at no cost. I may do a few posts to dive into the detail of this endeavor, but here’s…Read More
Kids just generate SO.MUCH.STUFF. Newsflash, I know. But seriously, the diapers, the wipes, the special food, the endless amounts of pricey gear, and dear god, the toys and books. I almost cried when a guest came to visit and sincerely told me in the most nonchalant way that my living room looked like a day…Read More
As we begin a new year, and start an exciting new blog (!!!), it is a time of reflecting on our goals. For us, we are grappling with the timeless question of living for now vs. living for later. We have been saving for years, knowing we wanted to work toward some version of flexibility…Read More