Am I Good Enough to be Rich?

Last week, fresh from moving all weekend and thoroughly exhausted, I realized I had bought a ticket to see Denise Duffield-Thomas in Miami on Monday night.  Now, Miami is a four-hour drive from our new house; never mind that I couldn’t find a towel to take a shower, or a plate to have breakfast…It’s amazing…

Revisiting Goals: Checking in on Finances and Progress

I can’t believe we made it through the entire month of May without posting! It has been completely crazy in the last six weeks: Don had another heart surgery and hospital stay We’ve been back to court not once but three times for full-day hearings on child custody My mother, who lives on the other…

Mindless Frugality: When Saving Money Goes Too Far

As a general rule, before making a purchase online, I search retailmenot (no, I’m not an affiliate, I just love the site!) for any coupon codes I should be using.   I then also check Upromise for rebates towards college savings (because why WOULDN’T you want extra $$ going into your little one’s college account).  If all else…

Frugal Upgrade: Repainting Car Roof with BedLiner

I wasn’t sure what category to put this blog post in.  Ultimately, I decided to put it in Money Matters, because it’s about not only saving money but also making do with what you already have.  As a professional who makes just under 6 figures a year, I’m fairly regularly asked why I drive a…

Settlement Success: Settling an Unpaid Medical Bill

Recently, we discovered an unpaid medical bill (from a laboratory) from 2014 that had apparently been overlooked by Don.  He’s not great with administrative and paperwork-related tasks (sorry, honey!), so it was mid-2016 before a collections notice came to the house and I realized that this bill was more than 2 years overdue! Of course,…

3 Reasons You Should Be Using Digit for Automatic Savings

Okay, I admit I’ve seen people talking about Digit in the past.  It’s an app that claims to automatically analyze your spending patterns and painlessly (and sort of behind-your-back) transfer money to savings for you, when it thinks you won’t notice.  In other words, in theory at least, it looks at your checking account activity…

Progress is Made: Settling Credit Card Debt with USAA

Wow, this is scary stuff to publish online!  After all, who wants to air their dirty laundry, particularly when it comes to finances?  But, in order for us to achieve our goals, we need to take a good long look at reality, and make some forward progress. Toward that end, we started working with a…