When I look back on my early and mid-twenties, I often wonder if I did the right thing. I get Facebook FOMO when I see someone who took time off to live on a beach in Thailand or teach abroad in Italy. The truth is, I'm jealous. I would love to escape the cubicle and do something adventurous for a little while. Your Twenties Are The Time To Take Risks I mean, when is a better time in your life to … [Read more...] about Did I Waste My Twenties or Did I Beast Them?
The tally is in! The bad news is that we missed our goal of having a $10,000 wedding. The good news is that we threw a kick-ass Game of Thrones style wedding for $15,000. Game of Thrones is one of our favorite shows. While we didn't want the theme to overwhelm the wedding, we did incorporate some GOT and magical elements in the ceremony music, use of candelabras and antlers, and a custom GOT seating … [Read more...] about Our $15,000 Game of Thrones Winter Wedding
Money nerds love the beginning of the year. Personally, I am psyched! I can start contributing to my retirement accounts again, my tax refund is just around the corner, and I can set some crazy lofty money goals for the year. Don't miss out on some of this joy I'm experiencing. Here are 28 things you can do now to get your financial year off to a great start. How to Improve Your Finances This … [Read more...] about 28 Simple Ways to Improve Your Finances in 2017
I recently was featured on an episode of the Mad Fientist podcast, along with Gwen from Fiery Millennials. We talked about everything from rocking your career to saving massive amounts of money to side hustles. One regret I have from the interview is that I neglected to give credit to the mentors who helped me both in my career and in my FI journey. I'm picturing my old boss listening to the interview … [Read more...] about How to Get a Mentor (the Non-Awkward Way) and Make More Money
I just returned from a 10-day honeymoon road trip through California and Oregon with my new husband. This post details the 4 days we spent in Portland, which were AWESOME and definitely the highlight of our trip. For those of you who read my blog for the early retirement content - sorry, I'm a bit off topic here. I love reading trip reports when I'm planning my travels so I want to … [Read more...] about Portland Trip Report for Nerdy Tourists and Grimm Lovers
I try to use points and miles when I travel but sometimes I don't. Sometimes I want to book a very specific hotel or I don't want to waste my points if I can't find a good redemption. In these cases, I use the quadruple stacking method. This method was first introduced to me by Jeremy at Go Curry Cracker. My husband and I spent a weekend hanging out on a houseboat with him and his family, Gwen from Fiery … [Read more...] about Save Up to $100 on Hotel Rooms by Quadruple Stacking Raise Gift Cards and Ebates