February Goals

Wow, I can't believe February is almost here. I love February - it's my birthday month, and I'm a total sucker for goofy holidays like Valentine's Day. I also think February will be a good month for me financially. Here's what I'm looking at for February goals:1. Add $300 to my ... Read more...

Updates!

I can't believe it's been so long since my last post! I have a few different ideas for a post, but since a bunch of random stuff has been going on/is on my mind, I figured I'd just write a list of updates: - I changed the automatic withdrawals on my Roth IRA from $50 per month ... Read more...

I Thought Someone Would Ask…

When I mentioned in my last post that I had set savings benchmarks for myself for 2010, I thought for sure that someone would ask why I didn't decide to go the debt payoff route with the money I'll be receiving from my (retroactive!) raise. Then I realized that given the severity ... Read more...

Setting Mini-Goals

In order to accomplish my 2010 goal of adding $4000 to my Freedom Fund, I'm going to set some benchmarks or mini-goals for the rest of the year to be sure I'm staying on-track. Since there are certain times of year that my income is significantly higher than at other times during ... Read more...

Who’s Having the Best Week Ever?

Me! I can't write a long post right now, but two awesome things happened this week:1. I found out I'm getting a raise! I was supposed to get one back in July but salaries got frozen. Well, the ice has melted! Starting in February, my salary will now be $50,772. But the best part ... Read more...

My Love/Hate Relationship with Automated Savings

If you do a Google search on "saving money" tons of articles will pop up about the virtues of opening a savings account and contributing to it regularly, and in almost every article, the author recommends automating your savings. That is, having the money automatically withdrawn ... Read more...

Me? Debt Free?!

It's been a nice week back to reality for me - I feel like I'm totally behind on grading and planning, but we had a snow day yesterday (yah!) and I went to my second Weight Watchers meeting today and discovered that I've lost 3 pounds! I'm feeling pretty good right now :)On the ... Read more...