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Who’s Right? I Want to Contribute to Retirement Throughout the Year, Husband Wants to Wait Until the Last Minute

Who’s Right? I Want to Contribute to Retirement Throughout the Year, Husband Wants to Wait Until the Last Minute

My husband and I have a little disagreement going about retirement contributions. It’s not about how much to contribute – I’ve run the numbers on that, and given our ages and how much retirement money we’ve socked away already, the usual rule-of-thumb of 12% of our gross earnings will do just fine to give us […]

Net Worth Update: August 2016

Net Worth Update: August 2016

I’ve never been much of one for hot weather (I’m from the frozen north originally, after all), but during this record-breakingly hot August in northern Virginia, I noticed something: I have more tolerance for it than the dudes in my life who grew up in this region. What’s with that? Well, let’s see what my […]

Complainers

Complainers

A few weeks ago, Yahoo Finance ran an article on Mr. and Mrs. 1500, detailing how they retired early after setting a goal of doing so in just 1500 days. Yahoo screwed the pooch with the title, “How one couple saved $1 million in 4 years to retire by age 43,” implying that they raised […]

Pregnant on Obamacare: The First Trimester

Pregnant on Obamacare: The First Trimester

I’m pregnant, I’m self-employed (as is my husband), and we’re on the absolute cheapest Healthcare.gov (a.k.a. Healthcare Marketplace, a.k.a. Obamacare) plan. So, what’s it like being pregnant on Obamacare? What’s it cost? Now that I’ve received all the bills from my first trimester care, I’m going to divulge all of the information from my experience: […]

Net Worth Update: July 2016

Net Worth Update: July 2016

If you (or I) thought June was craaaaazy, it was nothing compared to July. At the very end of June, we found an apartment we liked and put in application to take possession of it on July 1st… and found out we’d been approved just in time to sign the lease on July 1st. We […]

Net Worth Update: May 2016

Net Worth Update: May 2016

Last month, I revealed my pregnancy and the fact that my expenses will be going up. So how did everything shake out for the month after that? Let’s dive in and see the numbers! Change: +$4,370 or +15.92% May Net Worth Total: $31,818 Building Up Cash Reserves for the Baby This month’s increase can really […]

Net Worth Update: April 2016

Net Worth Update: April 2016

April showers bring May…. more showers. I’m pretty sure that’s how the saying goes, at least according to the weather in Northern Virginia so far. The constant rain has been sort of a doozy, which ties in nicely to this month’s net worth & financial update… Change: ($1,372) or -4.76% April Net Worth Total: $27,448 […]

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

Updated as of April 2016 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: […]

Net Worth Update: March 2016

Net Worth Update: March 2016

Yes, I indulged myself in a little April Fool’s Day prankery yesterday – sorry if I got anyone’s hopes up too high about my bright future in a tiny house! It would have made for a great series on the blog here, that’s for sure. But don’t worry: I actually do have a few fun […]