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Budget and the Beach
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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Hey all! I wrote a guest post on VolleyCamp Hermosa. Check it out!  You’ve probably seen this before on social media: Someone posts an article about breaking the world’s record for being the youngest person to travel to every country, or how a couple retired at 30, or some other kind of success or achievement, […] ...
Posted: Jul 10 2019 @ 12:00 PM
This is a post that has been brewing for quite some time. I wanted to feel ready—although when you’re dealing with the touchy subject of anxiety, does one ever feel ready? But, Angela from Tread Lightly, Retire Early, wrote this great post about how she fights anxiety with running—something I do too with running and other […] ...
Posted: Jun 11 2019 @ 8:13 PM
Happy Summer everyone! Well except here at the beach, where May and June are typically overcast. It doesn’t matter…as long as I’m at the beach! Let’s get to the May rewind, shall we? May Money This month my net worth dropped a whopping $10,443. Oh goody! Much of that was stuff I couldn’t control (the […] ...
Posted: Jun 02 2019 @ 7:45 PM
This is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. At the end of June, it will be a full year since I left my full-time job. Do I miss it? Barely. What I don’t miss is too lengthy to name, especially at that particular company, but I have to admit, I miss a steady, […] ...
Posted: May 25 2019 @ 10:30 PM
Here’s a description of the snowball method of paying off debt. Create a list of your obligations ranked lowest to highest balance. Make minimum payments on all of them except the lowest one. Pay as much as you can on that one each month until it is paid in full. Add all of that money […] ...
Posted: May 22 2019 @ 11:51 PM
I’ve officially been back in LA for two months now, and I can still say without a shred of doubt in my mind that I made the right decision to move back from Boise. I was reading through my journal from the six months I was there (you tend to write a lot more with […] The post April Rewind: 7 Years, Net Worth Increase, and Beach Volleyball appeared first on ...
Posted: May 05 2019 @ 6:27 PM
*lightly edited because, well, time.  First, I want to thank everyone for their comments on my last blog about figuring out whether to (continue to) pursue freelancing, or spend more time/energy into looking for full-time work. I figured the answers might vary, and they sure did.  First, let me address one common suggestion I saw […] The post Freelance or Full-time: A Follow Up appeared first on Budget and the Beach. ...
Posted: Apr 22 2019 @ 1:22 AM
I’ve thought about writing this post for several weeks, but wasn’t sure how to write it without offending or alienating current or potential clients and/or potential full-time employers. I still don’t, honestly, so I’ll just try to keep the information as practical as possible. I’m torn between putting all-out effort into freelancing, vs putting all-out effort […] The post Freelance or Full-time? appeared first on Budget and the Beach. ...
Posted: Apr 16 2019 @ 12:45 PM
Wow! A post! Finally! I think this might be the longest I’ve ever gone without writing a post, but then again I’ve been doing this blog for nearly SEVEN years, so who knows! Anyway, since we are just finishing March and the first quarter of the year, I thought I’d check it to see how I’m […] The post March Rewind: First Quarter Review appeared first on Budget and the Beach. ...
Posted: Mar 31 2019 @ 9:01 PM
Sorry my Feb recap is a bit overdue, as we are going on our second week of March, but I’ve had, you know, just a couple small things going on in my life. lol. Well, I’m home!!! It really does feel good to be back, although the feeling was a tad bit anti-climactic, since I […] The post February Rewind: I’m Home! appeared first on Budget and the Beach. ...
Posted: Mar 10 2019 @ 9:36 PM


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