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Reflections On 5 Years Of Blogging

5 years ago I started this blog to give myself a voice on personal finance and to continue my education on personal finance.  Now 320+ articles and 410,000+ words later I have built a website that I’m super proud that helps over 200,000 people a year. I am very thankful …

Quarter 2 2018 Update

Our second quarter was filled with 3 fun mini-vacations and of course the start of summer break!  I was laid off (planned seasonally) the first week of May.  This is a blessing in that it gives our family a lot of time for summer fun and saves us from even …

Quarter 1 2018 Update

2018 has been rocky for the first quarter for us.  We spent quite a bit over our projected budget, largely due to medical spending which totaled just shy of $4,000 for the quarter. The stock market overall was down for this quarter which muted a lot of our contributions. We …

Quarter 4 2017 Update

2017 was our best year financially yet.  Despite setbacks we hit a savings rate of 44%, not quite the 50% I wanted, but certainly close.  We saved just under $40,000 this year. I think overall the targets I’ve been shooting for are a bit too lofty and I need to …