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This blog focuses on the intersection of life, money, and happiness. By understanding how money works – how to spend it, save it, invest it, and protect it, I think everyone can achieve a well-informed and intelligent financial life, which in turn benefits one’s personal life. Hence, personal finance.
In that spirit, I write about everyday money topics such as selecting the right credit card for me, views on money and relationships, how to minimize fixed expenses, why I love driving an old car, my financial goals, and the costs of maintaining my Argentine tango hobby (which includes really expensive shoes).
Although I consider myself well-informed on the area of personal finance, I don’t pretend to be an expert. That’s why I also host Question and Answer sessions from money experts. Please check out this excellent series on relationships and finances from noted personal finance advocate Manisha Thakor.
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Things I pontificate about ’cause it’s my blog!
Is it okay to say carpe diem and take on debt to travel? I probably wouldn’t, but I am trying to build a You Only Live Once fund for all my big-ticket travel dreams. If you’re broke but still want to see the world, you can find ways to live, study, or visit another country for free.
Despite lots of existential college angst due to my liberal arts degree, I decided not to go to law school. One of my favorite shows is Sex and the City, and here are the lessons I’ve learned from Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha. Who says TV can’t be educational?
I also decided not to live at home after graduation, even though that would’ve saved me money. Now I’m financially independent in all the big things (rent, loans, etc.) but I’m still not a girl, not yet a woman…
I’ve gotten better about not spending money on clothes or shoes (and learning to buy the shoemaker instead). But I will ALWAYS make room in my budget for books. I am also hopelessly in love with Argentine tango, and will do everything necessary to fund my obsession hobby. But it’s so hard to put your passion on a budget!
This is one of my favorite short stories of all time. Oh, and I also spend money on my hair, but apparently my hair budget is quite in line with many other girls. Of course, now that the economy has gone down the tubes, I’ve lost that spending feelin’. If my house was burning down, I’d grab this and run.
Curious about what other people’s food budget is? Well, you can take a peek here. If you’re looking for good book recommendations, here you go! While you’re reading, why not kick back with some nice homemade cupcakes? Or, if you prefer something healthier, how about a poached egg?
If you are curious about who some of my readers are, look here. And if you are a lurker, why not comment & de-lurk? It’s fun, I promise. And if reading about my financial life leaves you thirsting for more, check out the 20-something money stories published on this site.
Oh, and did I mention I love the tango?