The Missing Paycheck And A New-Found Love For The Emergency Fund

The Missing Paycheck And A New-Found Love For The Emergency Fund

For over a year leading up to Babe’s birth I meticulously planned how much we were going to need in the HSA and the savings account. Nothing was going to prepare me for the Friday of the missing paycheck. Ode to HSA We weren’t sure how much our insurance was going to cover so I made sure we had enough to cover up to our max out of pocket. After filling it up we used all but $400 of the…

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2018 Goals, Not Resolutions

2018 Goals, Not Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions are great in theory. Who doesn’t want to lose 10 pounds or quit (insert annoying habit here)? The problem comes with sticking to these resolutions which is why I don’t believe in them at all. I’d much rather have solid goals throughout the year with clear points to achieve them by and specific measurable ways to validate if I completed them or not (also doesn’t help to have a website that I list them on and have…

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Simply Put Recipes: Chili

Simply Put Recipes: Chili

It has been awfully cold here lately and I can’t help but make Chili around now. This is one of my favorites that we make. Print Chili Ingredients 2 lbs Ground Beef 1 med Onion Chopped 1 Green Pepper Chopped 2 cloves Garlic 28 oz Diced Tomatoes Undrained 19 oz Light Red Kidney Beans Undrained 1 tbsp Chili Powder 1/2 tsp Basil 1/2 tsp Salt 1 tsp Ground Cumin 1 tsp Oregano 1 tsp Unsweetened Baking Cocoa 1/4 tsp Cayenne…

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2017 Q4 Net Worth Update

2017 Q4 Net Worth Update

What a long strange trip it has been. 2017 seemed to just fly by (a true sign I’m getting older). 2017 brought many things in our household. A new baby, a new side project (this site), plenty of goals, and major financial milestones. If you want to read more about them take a look at Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 updates. Otherwise, let me tell you about this last quarter. October Quite a busy month. We blew through a lot of our…

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2017 Roundup

2017 Roundup

2017 was a crazy year for us (recap and net worth update coming next week). I started thinking back to the beginning of this website and how far it has come in the short eight months. Sometimes I feel like this is a one-sided conversation (almost like I do all the talking and won’t shut up). So I want to take this opportunity to reach out to you. I want to hear from you. Feel free to email, use the…

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Remembering The Important Things

Remembering The Important Things

There are a lot of things in this life I’ve wanted to do and things I have yet to do. I have studied abroad in England and traveled to many countries. I graduated from college with a degree in Software Engineering and spend 8 hours a day typing complete jibberish that makes a little box do awesome things. There are things I still want to do like travel to more countries and own rental properties. During one of our purges…

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Infinite Worlds In One Place

Infinite Worlds In One Place

When I was a kid I didn’t get to go to the library often. Sure we had a kid-centric one in my elementary school but rarely did I go to the public library. Living out in the country there were things that I didn’t get to do very often just by the fact that I needed to be driven 10 minutes in and 10 minutes out. The library in my hometown was beautiful. As you walked in it opened up…

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Slow Cooker Tamales

Slow Cooker Tamales

Merry Chrismahanukwanzakah! Nothing says…that like Slow Cooker Tamales! Enjoy! Print Slow Cooker Tamales Ingredients 1.5 lbs Ground Beef 1 small Onion Diced 15 oz Black Beans Rinsed and Drained 14.5 oz Diced Tomatoes 11 oz Whole Kernel Corn Drained 10 oz Red Enchilada Sauce Seasoning 1 tsp Ground Cumin 1 tsp Chili Powder 1/2 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Pepper Toppings Sour Cream Shredded Mexican Cheese Corn Mix Topping 1 box Jiffy Corn Mix 2 Eggs Lightly Beaten Instructions In a large…

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Woah, We’re Quarter Way There

Woah, We’re Quarter Way There

Woot! It seems like this day would never come. We are officially a quarter of a millionaires! Yes, I know we have a long way to go but it is still pretty exciting. Our assets minus liabilities, for now, are worth about $250k. I wanted to take this milestone to join the ranks of the J Money’s Million Dollar Club. Over at Budgets are Sexy, J. started the Million Dollar Club in order to push himself and others to that…

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It’s The Most Stressful Time Of The Year

It’s The Most Stressful Time Of The Year

I’ve been slowly liking Christmas less and less since I was a kid. Perhaps my biggest frustration isn’t listening to Christmas music (the same 5 songs sung by every signer you’ve never heard of and some you have) but that it has become the titian consumer holiday. Move over Valentine’s Day, your title of a corporate holiday has been lost. My kids are a bit young to comprehend a lot of the bigger concepts in life (compound interest, sarcasm). Mini…

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