The Stupid Tax: Are You Paying It?

Let’s face it, sometimes blowing money is fun. Some of us like to go out to dinner.  Others enjoy spending money on toys.  Yet, some things that we are spending our money on can be more detrimental to our finances than others. The worst part is, you may not even realize what an impact they are having on your monthly budget. I like to call these things “stupid taxes.” For your reading pleasure, I have taken the liberty of listing several of these stupid taxes here.  Enjoy! [Read more…]

My Dream List of Home Upgrades

DSCF3124As many of you know, we moved late last year and bought a new-to-us home in early 2014.  Our house was fairly nice already, but we did set aside money for a few upgrades that would ultimately make it livable for us.

For the most part, those upgrades included new carpet and tile flooring to replace the carpet that was over ten years old and in really bad shape, but we also did a little DIY before we moved in.   [Read more…]

Why We Are Still Prepaying Our Mortgage

This is my house.  I owe money on it. I don't like it.

This is my house. I owe money on it. I don’t like it.

Early last year, we were making some serious headway on our primary mortgage.  In addition to our regular monthly payment, we were paying lump sums of $1,000 each month, and sometimes more.  The balance was dropping quickly, and I was super excited about the prospect of becoming 100 percent debt-free.  Then boom – it was all over.  Let me explain. [Read more…]

My Worst Money Mistakes

HOT MESS ALERT!

HOT MESS ALERT!

One of my favorite things to do is make fun of myself, and it’s partly because I make it so darn easy.

After all, I provide an endless stream of fodder for my own jokes, like the fact that I wear pajamas every day, all day.  Or the many times I have gotten drunk and performed tragic reenactments of my favorite songs during karaoke.  Or the time I texted my old boss and her husband with the simple words, “love you,” because I mistakenly thought I was texting Greg. [Read more…]

Club Thrifty August Budget Breakdown

Good morning, Thriftaholics!  Welcome to the first installment of our monthly budget breakdown.  I’ve never shared our monthly budget details before but was inspired to do so after sharing my monthly income for the first time in June.  In case you missed that post, you can read it here:

Cash Money: $7,230 in June Income, Blog Updates, and Goals

From now on, I’ll be sharing a monthly cash money income update as well as my monthly budget details for all of the world to see. Isn’t that exciting?  Of course it is!  [Read more…]