Category Archives: Personal Finance

Someone Else’s FIRE Journey [Review]

This weekend I watched a documentary about a couple’s FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) journey. FIRE is a lifestyle choice that involves: Deciding on life priorities (necessities and what makes you happy) Mapping your budget to those priorities Maintaining a

Someone Else’s FIRE Journey [Review]

This weekend I watched a documentary about a couple’s FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) journey. FIRE is a lifestyle choice that involves: Deciding on life priorities (necessities and what makes you happy) Mapping your budget to those priorities Maintaining a

Tax Me, Please!

  I mostly support democratic socialism – a system in which an elected government ensures all people have their basic needs met, regardless of income and ability. That is “my” socialism. Officially, socialism means that all members of a society

Tax Me, Please!

  I mostly support democratic socialism – a system in which an elected government ensures all people have their basic needs met, regardless of income and ability. That is “my” socialism. Officially, socialism means that all members of a society

This Year’s Grocery Tally

It’s January – time to analyze a year of grocery spending! This is the 8th annual 🙂 For new readers, we are 2 adults who eat vegetarian food at home, make our own meals, and eat out about once a

This Year’s Grocery Tally

It’s January – time to analyze a year of grocery spending! This is the 8th annual 🙂 For new readers, we are 2 adults who eat vegetarian food at home, make our own meals, and eat out about once a

The End of Cash

  2019…The year I stopped using cash. The evidence: I dump nickels and dimes into a coin bank. Last year, I accumulated $16 and this year, only $8. My bank no longer gives out wrappers for rolling coins. They have

The End of Cash

  2019…The year I stopped using cash. The evidence: I dump nickels and dimes into a coin bank. Last year, I accumulated $16 and this year, only $8. My bank no longer gives out wrappers for rolling coins. They have

New Budget Tracker

[This is not a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links] I was looking for a personal finance app for ages. Nothing quite met my needs. I’m an advanced user when it comes to budgeting software. In theory, if

New Budget Tracker

[This is not a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links] I was looking for a personal finance app for ages. Nothing quite met my needs. I’m an advanced user when it comes to budgeting software. In theory, if

Food Basket Challenge: Whew! It’s Over!

[Long Read] Background Rom and I did a Food Basket Challenge for the month of March. We limited our grocery budget to $340 for 4 weeks which is $42.50 per person per week. That is for food only. Our normal

Food Basket Challenge: Whew! It’s Over!

[Long Read] Background Rom and I did a Food Basket Challenge for the month of March. We limited our grocery budget to $340 for 4 weeks which is $42.50 per person per week. That is for food only. Our normal

Mid-Month Update: Food Basket Challenge

Stopping by for a check-in. Thanks to readers for looking up my weekly quick updates on the Facebook page! The first half of March went ahead as planned. We spent $137.26 in one shopping trip, and walked back a few

Mid-Month Update: Food Basket Challenge

Stopping by for a check-in. Thanks to readers for looking up my weekly quick updates on the Facebook page! The first half of March went ahead as planned. We spent $137.26 in one shopping trip, and walked back a few

Food Basket Challenge Kick-Off

Rom and I are doing a Food Basket Challenge for the month of March. We will limit our grocery budget to $340 for 4 weeks which is $42.50 per person per week. That is for food only. Our normal budget

Food Basket Challenge Kick-Off

Rom and I are doing a Food Basket Challenge for the month of March. We will limit our grocery budget to $340 for 4 weeks which is $42.50 per person per week. That is for food only. Our normal budget

Time for a Food Challenge!

  Recently I thought about starting a food challenge for the month of March. I wanted to do something based on the Food Stamp or SNAP Challenge in the US. You impose a grocery budget limit for yourself equal to

Time for a Food Challenge!

  Recently I thought about starting a food challenge for the month of March. I wanted to do something based on the Food Stamp or SNAP Challenge in the US. You impose a grocery budget limit for yourself equal to

I Was Financially Abused (Part 3): Conclusion

[Long Read] While I was going through it, I didn’t know I was experiencing financial abuse. DG proposed financial arrangements and I agreed to them for one reason or another. I thought of financial abuse as a “train wreck” situation,

I Was Financially Abused (Part 3): Conclusion

[Long Read] While I was going through it, I didn’t know I was experiencing financial abuse. DG proposed financial arrangements and I agreed to them for one reason or another. I thought of financial abuse as a “train wreck” situation,