Retro: 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 ...

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 ...

May 2006 Net Worth Update

May 2006 Net Worth Update
Our big wedding day is almost here.  June is just around the corner! As I look back on this last month, it all feels like a blur because of all the last minute details (and expenses) to get ready for everything.  I plan to take it easy until our wedding day.  I want to enjoy everything ...

April 2006 Net Worth Update 1

April 2006 Net Worth Update
Going into April, my focus was almost entirely on taxes!  And I can successfully report that all of State and Federal returns have been mailed before the deadline date.  Of course, not that the deadline mattered since we are receiving a refund on all returns.  But it’s nice to be done! The rest of the ...

Tax Time 1

Tax Time
I have put it off long enough.  But with the April 15th deadline looming in the near future, I really could not wait any longer.  That’s right, it’s tax time! Up until this point in my life (well, “our” lives since I should include my fiance) it has been fairly easy around this time of year. ...

March 2006 Net Worth Update

March 2006 Net Worth Update
March was a wild month! We are in full-scale wedding planning mode and paid for several expenses ahead of our big day coming up in June.  The stock market continued it’s gains, helping to push our investments to record highs.  And on the income side, my fiance received an unexpected raise at work.  All combined, ...

Fiance Gets Raise At Work 2

Fiance Gets Raise At Work
Awesome news today……my fiance received a raise at work!!  Woo hoo!  Now the graphic may be a little misleading because we are not swimming in cash all of a sudden.  Although that would be nice.  Her total raise amounts to 2% starting immediately. In dollar terms, she is now earning an extra $600 per year, ...

February 2006 Net Worth Update

February 2006 Net Worth Update
After last month’s record net worth gain, I was expecting a little pull-back from the market — or at least, some pressure downward!  I know, not really positive thinking.  But hey, I’m just being realistic.  Thankfully the pull-back did not happen.  So the party continues!  For the 9th straight month we have been able to record a monthly GAIN ...

Our Budget Revealed

Our Budget Revealed
I’ve talked about “the budget” in previous posts, but up until now I have not shared anything online.  I’m a little surprised too, because I really believe it is a key tool for achieving our goals and dreams.  From the very beginning of our life together we have created a budget and tried our best to live within ...

January 2006 Net Worth Update

January 2006 Net Worth Update
I’m excited to post this January 2006 net worth update because it is the start of a brand New Year — and this will become our first FULL year of working!  Having just graduated in May, last year only included 1/2 year of full-time work.  As a self-proclaimed data nerd, it will be nice to ...