FIRE. The concept of Financial Independence Retire Early. On the surface, I'm screaming "YES SIGN ME UP! LET'S DO IT!" But at what cost? Quite a bit actually. For the die-hard FIRE folks, they will sacrifice life's smallest luxuries to reach FIRE as soon as possible. Vacations, convenient transportation, shoe-box size homes, children, new clothes, … Continue reading Is FIRE for me?
As an accountant, I am fascinated by the way people earn and spend their money. I'm also intrigued at my own family history of money. In regards to my parents versus my in-laws, the way they spent their hard earned cash couldn't be more different and it's shaped the way Jay and I view our … Continue reading A Tale of Two Sets of Parents
I have been wracking my brain for weeks on the perfect side hustle. Bear in mind, I am in the midst of my busy season at work, have two small children and a husband who works full time out of the house. Is it even possible to side hustle under these conditions? I have no … Continue reading The Side Hustle
FIRE. Financial Independence Retire Early. It's a wonderful concept isn't it? What hard worker doesn't want to achieve FIRE earlier rather than later? The majority of blogs dedicated to this concept are centered around millennial's who aren't married and don't have children. Please note, I am not discrediting their achievements in ANY way. I wish … Continue reading Is FIRE possible with kids?
I know some may scoff at the idea of New Years Resolutions but I love them! It allows me to start the year fresh with a new perspective. I fully encourage those to make your own list - even if we're a couple months into the year. Here's mine (yes, I hand wrote it!). It's … Continue reading New Years Resolution Check-In
Should you marry for love or money? BOTH. Calm down, I'm not telling everyone to find a sugar momma/daddy with a bad ticker. But when you're getting serious with that special somewhat, it's time to talk finances to see if you're on the same page. Because if you're not, it can be disastrous. Money is … Continue reading For Love & Money
It's so easy to go through life, spending as you please. Oblivious to the fact, you're just one disaster away from financial ruin. Start planning now. Here are some tips: Find a financial advisor to get you on track. Many don't charge a fee for consultations. It can't hurt to sit down with a professional … Continue reading Financial Tips
As an accountant, I see various income levels...and the personalities that go along with them. There's the hardworking class: These are the individuals who makes $50k or families who earn less than $100k. They have respectable retirement accounts, a cushion of savings and an affordable mortgage. Some have children and are diligently socking away what … Continue reading Six Figures & Broke
I'm going to get a lot of heat for this post. I realize it's a touchy subject but hear me out first, ok? There is no doubt, animals add an element to life that can't be beat - particularly dogs. Not only are they good for ones mental well-being but physical health as well. They … Continue reading Don’t Get the Dog
When a friend asks me if I can do their taxes, I smile and nod enthusiastically. "No problem" I say. But I'm cringing inside. Sure, I love the new business and hope they refer me to others. But, it's also difficult knowing how much they make, save and spend their money. You can tell a … Continue reading Friends & Money