A Spend-y Weekend and My Finalized Budget

I had a very expensive weekend. Friday night I treated T to a nice dinner at his favorite restaurant, then last night I went out to dinner with friends at another upscale place. I haven't been out to dinner two nights in a row in a really long time, so it was fun, just expensive. ... Read more...

Update on July Goals

With only 2 weeks left in July, I'm doing pretty well on my goals for the month. So far, I've paid off my personal loan and opened a Roth IRA! I feel like I'm making real financial progress, and I'm so happy about it. I'm going to add the $1000 to my E-fund with my July 31 ... Read more...

Personal Loan, Be Gone!

I just wrote out the check for my very last payment on my personal loan. Ahhh. It feels nice.I'll probably owe them a couple bucks in interest next month, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm done. It's over. The monkey is off my back. Now I'm free to pursue my other financial ... Read more...

Ugg, Virginia

Undoubtedly, living in the D.C. metro area is expensive. Housing costs, for example, are totally outrageous. I moved to the D.C. area from a small, almost midwestern city where the cost of living was very reasonable, traffic was minimal, and my quality of life was high. While I ... Read more...

Draft of My New Budget

I've been doing a lot of thinking about how to re-budget my money once I pay off my personal loan. I wanted to post it and get some feedback before I finalize it, so here's what I'm thinking:Total monthly net pay: $2600Rent - $959Car Payment - $250Car Insurance - $63Federal ... Read more...