2011 Personal Goals

In keeping with my self-imposed restriction on setting more than three 2011 goals per category (financial, personal, professional), I've identified the three personal goals I'd like to accomplish for 2011: 1. Lose 15 lbs. and keep it off So all that weight I lost last year? ... Read more...

2011 Financial Goals

I have a history of setting too many goals that are too challenging and giving myself too little time to achieve them. This is a recipe for disaster and has caused me a lot of frustration and disappointment in the past. So this year, I'm limiting myself to just 3 goals in each ... Read more...

Financial Updates + Happy Holidays

Some quick financial updates:+ I made a $500 payment on my car today! The balance is now under $6,000 - holler!+ My interest rate on my student loan dropped to 4.55% because I've made 36 consecutive on-time payments. Double holler!- My Christmas and entertainment spending got ... Read more...

Totally Bogus Fee #1

My dad loves the word "bogus." He always used it when I was little when I'm sure he really wanted to say BULLSHIT! Even though I'm 25, he still uses it frequently, like I can't handle the cussing. I think it's funny :) One of the many, many contexts in which I have heard him use ... Read more...

The BIG News Isn’t as Big as I Hoped :(

My life has been unusually crazy recently. I've had a whole bunch of work and social commitments since the Thanksgiving break and have barely had time to catch my breath! At any rate, I think I jumped the gun a little bit in announcing that I have BIG financial news in my last ... Read more...

I’m an Inspiration!

This Monday I was featured in Me in Millions's weekly Monday Morning Inspiration series. If you don't already read - and love! - Me in Millions....what's wrong with you?! Check out her blog and prepare to be impressed.I have BIG financial news, but no time to post about it ... Read more...

Yessssss

I made a $420 payment on my car yesterday! I'm so happy to see the balance drop so substantially. That's the beauty of a low interest rate - you actually see downward movement when you make a payment. I'm super excited for next month when the balance will drop below $6,000! I'm ... Read more...

My Personal Finance Non-Negotiables

In every aspect of our lives, we have certain non-negotiables. Deal breakers. Lines that cannot, under any circumstances, be crossed. We draw these firm boundaries for ourselves, but, like everything else, one person's line in the sand can be another person's "well, what happened ... Read more...

My Top 5 Favorite Non-PF Blogs

Truth time: I sometimes get sick of reading about money. While my interest in blogging (both reading and writing) primarily revolves around the PF world, I've discovered that there are literally thousands of other fun and interesting blogs out there, and when I just can't read ... Read more...