Retro: 2005 Expense Review Part 1

Retro: 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 ...

Retro: 2005 Income Review

Retro: 2005 Income Review
I openly admit (and embrace) the fact that I am the “financial nerd” between my fiance and me.  At the end of every month, I really and truly enjoy updating all of our account balances to get the full picture on our financial situation.  I go through every account, every credit card, open my wallet ...

Retro: December 2005 Net Worth Update

Retro: December 2005 Net Worth Update
And just like that, the year 2005 is wrapped up!  I can hardly believe that our first 6-7 months of working after college have gone so fast.  It was a great year for us as we transitioned from studying in college to working full-time.  We moved to a new city, in a new state.  We ...

Retro: My First Christmas Bonus

Retro: My First Christmas Bonus
Happy Holidays to everyone!  We are right in the middle of that magical time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Life has been busy as we prepare for our first Christmas holiday together, in our new city, in our new home!  We purchased our first Christmas tree, our first lights, our first ornaments, our first snow shovel…..well, ...

Retro: November 2005 Net Worth Update

This was a big transition month for us.  We recently finished up the cleaning (and part renovation) of one unit in our duplex — and then moved in!  That’s right, we now call our duplex home.  Half of it at least!  The other half we continue to rent out to the tenants we inherited when we purchased ...

Retro: First Move Out Inspection

I conducted my first move out inspection this week since we had a tenant moving out of the property.  And let me just summarize by saying, people are dirty!!  Unbelievable.  I was extremely disappointed at the condition of the property during the inspection.  I’m convinced that no effort was made on their part to do ...

Retro: October 2005 Net Worth Update

Retro: October 2005 Net Worth Update
In the middle of the month, we took our first vacation together by travelling to Chicago for several days!  My fiance and I love to travel and we always wanted to make it a priority for us to take at least one or two big trips together each year.  From day one, we have always ...

Retro: September 2005 Net Worth Update

Retro: September 2005 Net Worth Update
Life continues to stay busy as we discover new and exciting things in our home city.  I love having a MLB stadium so close to our home.  We’ve been out to the ballpark many, many times in the past few months.  Now we have pre-season NFL games starting up too.  As a sports fan, I’m ...

Retro: Ending Our Tenant’s Lease Agreement

When we purchased our duplex back in June, the plan had always been to live in one side while renting the other side out.  At the time we became official owners of the property though, both sides were fully rented and in the middle of their initial one-year terms.  Not a problem — the lease agreements between the tenants ...

Retro: Continue to Live Like a College Student

Retro: 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 ...