Category Archive: Budgeting

Apr 21 2014

Saving $30k and Taxes

At the beginning of the year, Eric and I committed to saving $30k this year to help fund a house down payment and new car. We almost four months of the year gone, I figured we’d take a look and see how we’re doing. Despite getting off to a slow start in January because Eric …

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Apr 16 2014

Random Thoughts on Homework, Oscar Pistorius, the Real Housewives and…

Why is it that whenever it’s time to sit down and do my homework for grad school, all of a sudden there are like a million other things I need to do first? Case in point: I’m writing this blog post instead of doing my homework. SO here’s why I believe that Oscar Pistorius is …

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Mar 27 2014

Stitch Fix Review: Buying new clothes without shopping

I have a major first-world problem: I need new clothes but hate going shopping. I used to love shopping but after I got married, I stayed clear of the malls because I didn’t want to be tempted when we didn’t have any extra money to spend. In the past year, I’ve delved into shopping little …

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Mar 12 2014

What Lifestyle Inflation Means to Us

In addition to saving $30k this year, another goal Eric and I had was to enjoy our increase in income by allowing ourselves to indulge in some “lifestyle inflation.” Lifestyle inflation is practically a dirty term in the personal finance community, because a lot of people believe that lifestyle inflation is what causes a lot …

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Mar 10 2014

Crushing our dreams on buying a house

Now that we’ve paid off our debt, and now that Eric is bringing home the bacon, we’ve gotten excited about the possibility of owning our own home. Home ownership is a really big goal of ours. But we knew very little about what it would actually cost or what we could actually afford. So we …

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Feb 14 2014

Married 65 Years: A Great Love Story

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Sandberg. He is 94. She is 92. They’ve been married 65 years. They met at a party in the 1930′s. Her friend had invited her with the intent of setting her up with another guy. But as Mr. Sandberg put it: “I had other plans.” He swept her off her feet, …

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