• Net Worth April 2012 – Disappointing 2 Years

    by  • April 11, 2012 • Tagged:   • Comments

    It’s been about two years since I’ve updated our net worth on this website. Scratch that, it’s been about two years since I’ve updated our net worth period. Yes, it’s been THAT long since I’ve added up the numbers. I was frightened to see the numbers. Now I’m just disappointed. Here’s a rundown of why ... Read more →

    Judge Not

    by  • April 9, 2012 • Tagged: , , , ,  • Comments

    Image: Kurman Communications, Inc. Despite reminding my husband constantly how amazing I am, and how lucky he is to have me, I do, in fact, have a number of flaws that I try to correct (when I can remember them). Besides an anal-retentive need to keep things organized at the expense of the sanity of ... Read more →

    The Adverse Effects of Sunlight

    by  • April 5, 2012 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Image: Rachel Kramer We’ve had a spate of gorgeous weather here in the Northeast, and normally bundled and home-bound citizens have been venturing out in the sunshine. I’ve noticed that with nicer weather comes a trend: spending money. I’m less content to sit inside and drink tea or a beer with my husband; I’d rather ... Read more →

    Roth IRA – My First Investment Account

    by  • March 27, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Source: goodfinancialcents.com via Jeff on Pinterest We’ve joined over 140 other bloggers to promote the Roth IRA Movement. Thank Illinois Certified Financial Planner Jeff Rose for this awesome idea! How We Found Out About Roth IRAs According to my statements, my Roth IRA was opened in 1996. I was in high school at the time and got into ... Read more →

    TurboTax Giveaway Winners! Favorite Tweets!

    by  • March 23, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    A big hearty congrats to Michelle, Sarah, and Liz for winning our giveaway of free federal and state preparation and e-file with TurboTax Deluxe Online on our post about TurboTax for Mac review. They will all be expecting refunds so they might actually enjoy doing their taxes. Enjoy! To send you off this weekend, here’s some ... Read more →

    Is Misery Worth It?

    by  • March 21, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    Image: F. Hoffnar When I graduated from college in 2008, like many people my age, I graduated with debt. Thanks to my college’s stellar financial aid policy, a generous parent who believed the cost of higher education was worth it, and some substantial saving on my own part, that debt was a very reasonable amount ... Read more →

    TurboTax for Mac Review

    by  • March 16, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    I’ve said a few times that I was going to get a tax professional to do our taxes this year. We picked a guy from friends’ recommendations, and he gave us a worksheet to fill out. I would have had to get all of my paperwork together in order to fill it out. By the ... Read more →

    Interview at Credit Card Assist, Personal Finance Tag Responses, and Favorite Tweets of the Week

    by  • March 13, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    Today we’re featured in the Credit Card Assist “Best of the Bloggers” interview series. Bill has written quite possibly the best introduction to who we are that I’ve seen.  He’s been very patient with me over the past few months as I kept pushing back when I was able to get back to him, but ... Read more →

    Spending the Savings

    by  • March 12, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Image: Tom Small There are moments when I look at my savings accounts as abstract items not to be used – pristine, shining examples of my frugality that are there for looking, but not for touching. And then there are the moments when my apprehension disappears, and I understand why I continually add to them ... Read more →

    Running Our Way To Savings

    by  • March 9, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    image: HikingArtist.com My wife and I have recently started going for regular runs. We aren’t training for anything (yet), but we enjoy the fresh air and the activity. We relish the chance to switch up the routine in the evenings and come back home with a runner’s high. And, of course, we both like the idea of burning ... Read more →

    Breaking the Financial Rules – Co-signing Loans

    by  • March 7, 2012 • Tagged: , , ,  • Comments

    image: Eason41 Don’t spend more than you earn. Don’t buy too much house. Don’t forget to pay your bills on time. There’s quite a few financial rules that are floating around that we’re told to follow, or else. Just like rules in your everyday life, sometimes you need to know when breaking them will benefit you ... Read more →

    Back Here in the Stone Age

    by  • March 5, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Image: Martin Abegglen In many ways, I have traditional, some might even say old-fashioned, tastes. While this has often served me well (my clothing stays largely in style, and should for some time), I’ve lately noticed that my reluctance to upgrade to more recent technology in a particular instance in my life has begun to ... Read more →

    Tweets of the Week of February 26

    by  • March 2, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Welcome to the inaugural edition of Tweets of the Week. If you’re not following me on twitter, you should – I’m at @lovenotdebt. In addition to musing about trivial matters on Twitter, I like to broadcast anything personal finance-related that is fun, helpful, or interesting. It occurred to me that it also serves as a great ... Read more →

    On Sudden Saving

    by  • March 1, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    In the Spring of 2010, my husband and I found ourselves on the receiving end of a bit of excellent luck. As a graduate student, he was eligible to apply for a position in one of the undergraduate dorms of the university he attends. This role would entail some advising and programming responsibilities for the ... Read more →

    Personal Finance Tag

    by  • February 22, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    So we’ve been tagged. No, not vandalized. The Budgeting Babe tagged me to answer some questions, and ruined a perfectly good 3-day weekend. (just kidding) Here are the rules: Post these rules Answer 11 questions from the person who tagged you Create 11 questions for the people you tag Tag 11 people and link them ... Read more →