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Leigh's Financial Journey
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DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
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Savings (~3.3 months + 66.9% of our down payment goal) Last quarter, we got to 6 months of cash savings and made a bit of progress on our down payment goal. Instead of reporting the down payment fund progress as a % down on our target price point, I’m going to show the % towards […] ...
Posted: Oct 08 2018 @ 8:00 AM
I’ve always enjoyed looking at houses and floorplans and going to open houses. I get this from my parents who, despite not moving in over two decades now, used to take us to look at random houses that we never moved to (which really confused us as small children and teenagers). So it’s no surprise […] ...
Posted: Oct 04 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Our finances are in a lot less of an emotional state at this time this year than last year, which is lovely. Talking regularly about money is so, so key to where we are with it. From the outside, if you look at our cash flow, it now looks like we’ve philosophically combined money. But […] ...
Posted: Sep 04 2018 @ 8:30 AM
Note: I graduated with my STEM degree in 2009 and started working full-time in the industry in 2010. I have been working on this post since 2014 off and on. Being a woman in a STEM field is a beast. This blog is about finances, not about career, though in reality, those two go hand […] ...
Posted: Jul 18 2018 @ 8:00 AM
We made a pretty random assortment of goals this year. Well, by we, I mostly mean me since I’m the goal-oriented person in our family. Personal 1. (Family) One restaurant night per month not related to the theatre SUCCESS! We have season tickets to a local theatre, which we love and makes for a great […] ...
Posted: Jul 12 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Savings (6 months + 2.28% down payment) With a large influx of non-salary income this quarter, we accomplished the goal of having 6 months of expenses in savings. We will re-evaluate later in the year if this is an accurate figure. Halfway through the year, it looks like we should increase it by about 14%. […] ...
Posted: Jul 09 2018 @ 8:00 AM
2015 future milestones checklist Back in December 2015, I wrote a post entitled “Envisioning the future of my finances”, which I refer to occasionally because I talked about how I planned to adjust my giving strategy in the future. What I didn’t realize until just now is that I have actually hit several of the […] ...
Posted: Jun 12 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Rightsizing your space for your needs is so important. We have worried we didn’t have quite enough off and on. Without plans to have children, however, a large two bedroom apartment is really a great size. It’s forced us to change our packrat mindsets and get rid of stuff we don’t need, which is great. […] ...
Posted: Jun 05 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Or is that actually an example of personality differences? Just because your spouse doesn’t want to spend endless hours going over spreadsheets, charts, and forecasting, doesn’t mean that they are disinterested in the finances. Or at least that’s the case in our household, where we both had money management systems in place when we got […] ...
Posted: May 30 2018 @ 7:05 AM
I didn’t update much last year as things were so much in flux with how we were managing our finances. I feel like they’ve settled a bit more now, so it’ll be easier to update again. Excuse the dust as I figure out the best way to update on things going forward. Our goals at […] ...
Posted: Apr 12 2018 @ 7:00 AM


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