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Stephanie

Poorer Than You is on Hiatus

With a heavy, conflicted heart full of mixed feelings, I’m announcing that this blog is going on an indefinite hiatus. And no, it’s not an April Fools’ joke this time – even though it turned out to be true for a while last time! Yes, I get that the timing is unfortunate and that some […]

Net Worth Update: February 2014

Net Worth Update: February 2014

Prepare yourself for a lot of exclamation points, bold text, italics, and maybe even some ALL CAPS… because this is the most exciting Net Worth update in Poorer Than You history, and I’m super stoked about it. So forget about this intro… LET’S GET TO IT!!! Change: +$7,456 or +136.33% February Net Worth: $1,987 YOU […]

How Much Should You Spend on Renting an Apartment?

How Much Should You Spend on Renting an Apartment?

True story: back in July, I got a notice that my rent was being raised. I’d lived in the apartment for almost two years, and they pulled this trick on me the previous year: raising my rent by $104/month. The first time, I just accepted the rate increase. After all, I’d received a sign-on deal […]

I Sold My Hair on Ebay

I Sold My Hair on Ebay

Do you ever look around your home, at all the varied things you own, and think “There’s just so much stuff here… I bet I could pare it down and that at least some of it would be worth some cash.” Or maybe someone (like one of us crazy personal finance bloggers) said that you […]

Net Worth Update: January 2014

Net Worth Update: January 2014

I’m officially declaring this “The Most Topsy-Turvy Month Ever.” Why? Because even though the worth of my assets went down in several key categories, the reasons those decreased were not bad; and even though my total net worth increased this month, the reason it did so is bad. Welcome to Bizarro World, folks! Change: +$1,117 […]

Net Worth Update: December 2013

Net Worth Update: December 2013

HERPY DEW BEER! (Translation: Happy New Year!) It’s been a whirlwind December (as it usually is), so I can hardly believe that it’s time for this month end/year end update already! You might remember from November’s update that I was worried about December possibly (probably!) being a down month. Let’s check in and see if […]

Net Worth Update: November 2013

Net Worth Update: November 2013

Happy Holidays! I’m in full-on holiday-crazy mode at work, my Christmas tree is up and decorated at home, and I’ve got an 18-pound turkey in my freezer (hey, it was $0.59/pound!), so we’re definitely due for an update on how my Net Worth came out in November. Change: +$2,288 or +20.77% November Net Worth: -$8,728 […]

Net Worth Update: September-October 2013

Net Worth Update: September-October 2013

The past two months have been rough for me – financially, and otherwise. I had to move under not-very-ideal circumstances, and money for the move itself was tight. As August came to a close, I made a prediction that my net worth could go down as much as $2000 total because of the ordeal. Here’s […]

Net Worth Update: April-August 2013

Net Worth Update: April-August 2013

First, a correction: in the last update, I left off one little digit while calculating my net worth, and the final number came out totally wrong. Instead of what I reported, March really looked like this: +$2,148 or +12.81%. Ahem – sorry about that, folks. Now back to our irregularly-scheduled catch-up update! April: +$1,378 or […]

Check Your Credit Score and Credit Report Today, for Free!

April is one of the months that I have designated to check my credit report. Since you’re allowed (by law) a free credit report annually from each of the 3 credit reporting agencies, that gives you an opportunity to check one report every four months. Here’s the schedule I recommend: April (because everyone’s thinking about […]