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The Single Dollar
General Finance
Budgeting, Frugality
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Indiana, United States
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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End of 2018 net worth report: $93,448, as of a few minutes ago (STOCK MARKET BLUES). I also have $3500 chilling in an unrelated account, waiting for tax season; I have no clue whether I held enough out of my freelance earnings or not, but I guess we’ll find out!... Read more"A few financial goals for 2019" ...
Posted: Dec 31 2018 @ 3:24 PM
The stock market’s drop has me back well below $100K — though that’s also partly because I moved the money I’m saving for freelance taxes into its own account at a separate bank that Mint and Personal Capital don’t track. For most of the last six months I’ve had it... Read more"My absolutely gigantic emergency fund and why I love it" ...
Posted: Dec 28 2018 @ 8:21 PM
The last time I wrote about my freelance business, back in August, I was just getting started. I’m going to start this post by copying the numbers from that post, though to better accord with how I categorized the money in YNAB I’m going to change the headings to “income... Read more"Freelancing, part 2" ...
Posted: Dec 16 2018 @ 7:03 PM
Hello! A new post! I’ve spent much of the fall either deeply immersed in volunteering, traveling, or sick. It’s been a good season (apart from the two week-long colds) and although I’ve barely logged into mint and have no interest in looking at my investment account balances, I’ve mostly managed... Read more"Turns Out Stuff Costs Money" ...
Posted: Dec 04 2018 @ 12:43 PM
Look, I spoiled it right in the header, and I’ve been spoiling it for a couple of weeks on twitter. But it’s still exciting! I’m finally here — and after nearly giving up on making it before my 40th birthday, earlier this year, instead I’m celebrating it five months early.... Read more"Net Worth Update, August 2018: The One With $100K!" ...
Posted: Aug 31 2018 @ 10:25 PM
I have a Very Special Net Worth Post coming this weekend, but in the meantime I decided to take a few minutes and review how freelancing is going thus far. Here’s what I’ve made since I started in June, broken down both by month and by type of income: June... Read more"Freelance Income: The Story Thus Far" ...
Posted: Aug 29 2018 @ 11:15 PM
It’s that time again! My final paychecks from my old employer are being paid out on a different schedule than I expected, so I didn’t quite make it over the $100,000 mark — but I got pretty close, and am hopeful about next month’s results. Let’s go straight to the numbers:... Read more"Net Worth Update: July 2018" ...
Posted: Aug 01 2018 @ 12:29 PM
One of my minor bad habits over the years has been occasionally acquiring small amounts of money — typically anything under $100 — and immediately putting it in my slush fund, where it inevitably gets spent within a month. It might just as well never have come into my life... Read more"I’ve Stopped Letting “Extra” Money Disappear" ...
Posted: Jul 20 2018 @ 10:16 PM
Although I still have a few paychecks coming from my old job, I have no further work responsibilities — those ended June 30 — so I’ve now officially been a freelancer for two weeks. While I’ve always dabbled a little, with side hustles ranging from a few hundred to a... Read more"Freelancing: Then and Now" ...
Posted: Jul 12 2018 @ 5:58 PM
Well, it’s that time again. I do use my finances to cheer me up, and I need more cheer right now. My expenses were on the high side this month because of moving, but I also had a good month of freelance income — I took home $750 — and... Read more"Net Worth Update: June 2018" ...
Posted: Jul 01 2018 @ 10:59 AM


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