What Financial Health Means to Me.

What Financial Health Means to Me.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like if everyone received a yearly grade on their financial aptitude.  And not just to prove you know the material, but a grade to signify how well you’re putting into practice all of the lessons, skills, and strategies that are appropriate.  Some people might receive an A.  Others ...

The (Almost) One Month Blog Anniversary and Update

The (Almost) One Month Blog Anniversary and Update
It’s hard to believe that I started the Financial Independence Champion (www.fichampion.com) Blog almost one month ago!  That’s right, my first post was back on May 21, 2016.  If you’re been watching closely too…..in the past month I’ve been able to publish 16 new posts.  Those FULL posts have been back-dated to their appropriate dates, but I’ve ...

Dreaming of Financial Independence

Dreaming of Financial Independence
Every journey begins with a single step.  This one started years ago for me, in college.  My life was not yet started in the traditional sense, but an idea took hold regarding personal finance, savings, and the plan for my future.  It was simple: I learned that I did not want to follow the traditional ...

2005 Expense Review Part 1

2005 Expense Review Part 1
In the last post I reviewed all of our income for the previous year and discovered some fun surprises.  For instance, I expected our new full-time jobs to be the bulk of all our income for the year.  And while it was the largest chunk of income, it amounted to a smaller percentage than I anticipated.  I ...

Continue to Live Like a College Student

Continue to Live Like a College Student
Life was pretty simple in college.  Wake up, eat, go to class, eat again, go to class, eat again, homework, friends, video games, and then bed.  Maybe there were a few more things in between, but in general it really was that simple.  Life was easy, life was also fun, and aside from thinking about tuition, life was ...

Deciding to Buy or Rent

Deciding to Buy or Rent
I’m at a crossroad right now and am trying to decide what the best course of action would be moving forward. I just graduated college last week. I’m about to start my brand new job. The questions now revolve around the housing situation moving into the future. We need a place to live! The top ...

First Job After College

Growing up I always had a job.  I liked working.  But I probably liked the paycheck most.  I’ve worked as a concession stand cashier, dishwasher, data entry clerk, business analyst, camp counselor, tele-fundraiser, hospitality host, and more.  I started in elementary school too.  Honest!  But the more intriguing jobs came in middle school, high school, and eventually ...