Happy Anniversary TeacHer Finance!

My blog is one year old today! I can't believe I've been PF blogging for a year. It seems like just yesterday that I made the decision to begin committing my financial trials and triumphs to a "journal" for anyone to see, and I'm continually grateful to the readers who have made ... Read more...

Help! I Can’t Decide!

I tend to have sort of an obsessive mind when it comes to decision making. If I'm trying to decide something I obsess about it forever, and until I come to a conclusion, I can't think about much else. I'm in one of those conflicts right now, and I need your help! I'm thinking ... Read more...

Damn! Something Good Happened!

After many years as a single gal, my best friend A has met the man of her dreams. He's smart, funny, attractive, intellectual, well-traveled...basically everything she's been waiting for all this time, and he seems equally smitten with her. As you can imagine, she's over the moon ... Read more...

Til Debt Do Us Part

When I'm home on Saturday nights, I usually make a point to watch the Suze Orman Show. I don't know why, but I really like it. I think it's Suze's approach to discussing peoples' financial situations with them - she doesn't mince words, and she calls people out when they're ... Read more...

Do You Have Renter’s Insurance?

Based on recent events in my apartment building,I've made the decision to get renter's insurance. I did some investigating today, including talking to my trusty insurance agent, and it's only going to cost $11 per month. Virginia has notoriously low insurance rates, so I'm sure ... Read more...

Letter to My Package Thief

Dear Person Who is Stealing My Packages,Hello, this is the person whose packages you have been stealing from outside my apartment. You know the one: I always have the nice, handmade, seasonally-appropriate wreath on my door. Your illegal antics started last Christmas with the ... Read more...

The Financial Crisis Has Hit Home

Up until now, the effects of our bad economy had been happening to strangers. As a teacher in the DC area (where most people are employed in secure, government jobs), the economic crisis, while constantly in the news, always seemed far away. Anonymous. Happening to lots of ... Read more...

I Hate Being Average

Whatever "average" is, I've always tried to be better. In fact, I've pretty much spent my whole life trying to go above and beyond what "normal" people are doing. I fully admit that this overachiever mentality has not always served me well. Actually, I think it's psychologically ... Read more...

Yeah for My E-Fund!

My emergency fund now proudly stands at $1000! On the one hand, I'm really happy. On the other hand, I feel like it should be a lot higher by now. I had some large expenses that cut into my progress (vet visit, contacts, personal property tax - I think I forgot to update about ... Read more...