A few weeks ago, my job was eliminated in a reorganization, and I’ve found myself with some extra time on my hands. Thanks to a generous severance package and always living below our financial means, I’ve decided to take a few months off while enjoying a very busy summer. As I’ve decompressed, I’ve settled into a… Read More Things I’ve learned in my “retirement”/unemployment
I knew it was coming. Not really, of course, because of all the legalities of eliminating someone’s job. Yes, it’s always shocking to hear the words, but nonetheless, I’d been expecting it for months. It doesn’t matter how or why this happened…corporations reorganize and “rightsize” or “downsize” their resources all the time. What’s important is… Read More I lost my job today. And that’s okay.
I’m not sure, but I think my high school senior is ready to commit to her choice of school for next year. It’s been a yearlong process since we first started touring schools, and analyzing what would be a good fit for her (academically) and us (financially), and even for the whole family (emotionally). Quite… Read More Finally, a college decision!
Over the holiday break, I had the opportunity to chaperone a party for a few dozen 10-13 year old middle schoolers. There were lots of treats, party hats and horns, and a fabulous DJ playing age-appropriate music. A great time was had by all. Especially me. I enjoy watching these adorable children in the glory… Read More Who will you be in 2017?
I just spent an hour adding up every cent of interest accrued to all my accounts in YNAB, and I am happy to report that we are ending the first six months of our #500in5 challenge with a balance of $58,433.28! About $24k of that amount was saved in our 401(k) plans, as both of us… Read More #500in5 2016 End-of-Year Update
I’m not very good about keeping resolutions, especially those involving eating, food, or moving my body. But money resolutions? I am very regimented with my money, so I’m assessing our 2017 budget looking for tweaks to make. I am in a very satisfying place, financially. Well, other than not being able to retire RIGHT NOW!… Read More Any financial resolutions?
October conjures up spooky images for most…ghosts, goblins, maybe even zombies. All scary, but none as upsetting as a decline in net worth! Can we just get this presidential election over with so the market settles down a bit?!?! Fortunately, our #500in5 challenge is still on track. You might remember that this is our effort… Read More #500in5 November 2016 Update