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Reaching for FI
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financial independence, millennial, frugality, early retirement
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Washington, D.C., United States
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)

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It’s been a WordPress-heavy week for me: I’ve spent most of the last three days at work doing various things on the work blog, and tomorrow’s going to be another day spent editing posts and uploading photos. Add to that Monday night spent writing and all of the administrative blog things I need to do … Continue reading "Turkish red lentil soup" The post Turkish red lentil soup appeared first on ...
Posted: Mar 15 2018 @ 7:00 AM
In case you missed it, I asked for a raise and a title change in January. When I left off with part two of the Job Saga over a month ago, I’d been doing a lot of waiting to hear back about my raise/title change request. While I’m still largely in waiting purgatory, things have … Continue reading "Doing hard things part 3: the plot thickens" The post Doing hard things ...
Posted: Mar 13 2018 @ 7:00 AM
This post is part of the #WomenRockMoney Movement, a group of female personal finance bloggers who have come together to inspire more women to own their finances. Thanks to Chelsea for putting together this collaboration and the amazing homepage for the movement! Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! If for some reason you’ve missed the fact … Continue reading "No one else cares about your money: a #WomenRockMoney post" The post No ...
Posted: Mar 08 2018 @ 7:00 AM
February was a bunch of working extra and two weekends spent out of town; one to see my parents, and the weekend closest to my birthday in LA. I’m now 26 so I guess that makes me Officially Old and Done With the Quarter-Life Crisis or something. Just kidding, the quarter-life crisis will for sure … Continue reading "February 2018: birthday month edition" The post February 2018: birthday month edition appeared ...
Posted: Mar 06 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Tracking your spending is one of the most basic things you need to do when on the FI path. December 2016 is the first month I actually kept track of everything I spent, which means I have data for the entire year of 2017. I have to admit, for months now I’ve been thinking about … Continue reading "Coming to terms with a year’s worth of spending" The post Coming to ...
Posted: Mar 01 2018 @ 8:00 AM
It’s happened, friends. The credit card debt is GONE. I don’t yet have a zero balance screenshot for posterity but it’s going to happen. Soon. Yes, I am side-eyeing all of my various financial institutions collectively because I see them making sure charges get posted to my credit cards way sooner than it takes for … Continue reading "Looking ahead to debt-free life" The post Looking ahead to debt-free life appeared ...
Posted: Feb 27 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Hey, y’all. As you might’ve noticed, I didn’t post on Tuesday. I was in LA enjoying quite a lovely birthday weekend trip and was too busy spending Monday evening at the beach in Malibu to write. Ditto for the previous nights on being too busy. I brought my laptop with me to LA on the … Continue reading "Life update: job, taxes, and debt (payoff)" The post Life update: job, taxes, ...
Posted: Feb 22 2018 @ 8:00 AM
I drove home two weekends ago and, as often happens when I’m there, my mother and I had a culture weekend. I love musicals and I love ballets (and I did plenty of both in years gone by[*]), but, as odd as it sounds to say this, honestly I could afford to see so many … Continue reading "Financial lessons from Les Misérables" The post Financial lessons from Les Misérables appeared ...
Posted: Feb 15 2018 @ 8:00 AM
I was born and raised in North Carolina. Perhaps you’ve heard of a thing called March Madness before' Well in NC it’s more than A Thing—it’s a religion. So I am well-acquainted with bracket competitions.[*] This is not a post about March Madness, but instead about a different bracket competition: the Rockstar Rumble. As you … Continue reading "It’s time to Rumble!" The post It’s time to Rumble! appeared first on ...
Posted: Feb 12 2018 @ 10:31 AM
So I started off 2018 with the goal of doing an Uber Frugal Month challenge (among other goals, with varying degrees of success) for January. And then I broke that with a car repair and a plane ticket to LA over my birthday weekend. Yet again, here’s where emergency funds are amazing: I didn’t break … Continue reading "January 2018: uber frugal month'" The post January 2018: uber frugal month' appeared ...
Posted: Feb 08 2018 @ 8:00 AM


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