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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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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
Last time I discussed my upcoming volunteer year/freelance year/career transition/whatever this is, I wrote about my no-income budget. But I do in fact hope to have some income! As a matter of fact, even though I wasn’t necessarily intending to start seriously scouting for editing and writing work until July,... Read more"Budgeting Freelance Income" ...
Posted: Jun 12 2018 @ 1:06 AM
This is a nice one! I was so excited about an incoming large paycheck that I couldn’t get anything done for the last couple of days 🙂 Let’s get straight to the numbers! This was a much better spending month — I have traveled for three consecutive weekends, including right... Read more"Net Worth Update: May 2018" ...
Posted: May 31 2018 @ 8:49 PM
Sometimes I like to pause and reflect a little on how far I’ve come. Last week Facebook popped up a “memory” of the day, five years ago, I finished my dissertation. At the time I had about $19K of student loans, $5K of credit card debt, and maybe $1000ish in... Read more"My Lowest Ever Money Moment" ...
Posted: May 22 2018 @ 1:31 AM
I’ve been talking a lot over on twitter about my day-to-day freelancing planning. I just built a website with my real name and academic accomplishments, including a “work with me” section for editing, indexing, research-for-hire, and things like that. I need to reach out to basically everyone I’ve ever met... Read more"Paying Myself and the Minimal Budget" ...
Posted: May 13 2018 @ 6:25 PM


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