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A House? A Plan? A Camper Van?

A House? A Plan? A Camper Van?

We have a love-hate relationship with our house. Mr. Green purchased our current house about 10 years ago, and I moved in 5 years after that. We’ve done a TON of work to the place, and we’ve also both culled our possessions to make our small space seem not so small. Despite all of our decluttering, it still has very limited storage, a small kitchen, a mostly unused dining room that gathers clutter from whatever project currently holds my attention, a garage with a…

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Hitting My Savings Goals Without Feeling Deprived

Hitting My Savings Goals Without Feeling Deprived

As I mentioned on my food post, I’ve been tracking my finances for going on seven years now. This time period encompasses the last vestiges of graduate school, my post-doc and the first five years of my career. So I have tons of historical data on how I’ve chosen to spend my money in wise and not-so-wise ways over the better part of a decade. Looking at how much I’ve earned over the last seven years is sometimes depressing, and…

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The Joy (and Tyranny) of Small Indulgences

The Joy (and Tyranny) of Small Indulgences

When I was a graduate student, my monthly ritual on the Friday after payday was to go to Target, restock my household necessities, and then treat myself to a few items from the dollar section or home goods section. After Target, I’d probably go out to eat and then go home and watch Gilmore Girls. (Thrilling, I know.) A decade later, I can see that my monthly treat-yo-self sessions just added to cheap clutter in my home, and that they were also a…

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Lessons From a Month of Not Eating Out

Lessons From a Month of Not Eating Out

We took a totally indulgent vacation with friends last fall, ate a TON of delicious delights at our destination, and spent a corresponding amount of money on all that gourmet food and booze. Mr. Green and I were both feeling guilty about the general overconsumption on the trip, so I made a pitch- for one month after our trip, we would not eat out, at all. I do enjoy eating out. But I don’t love it, and my city is not one…

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The Walk

The Walk

Shortly after falling down the FIRE rabbit hole last spring, I started looking into ways I could save more aggressively for retirement. As I mentioned in my first post, I thought I was doing ok by participating in my employer’s mandatory retirement program and maxing out my Roth IRA through Vanguard, but I didn’t realize I could be doing so much more. A trip to the Mr. Money Mustache investing forums lead me to the realization that I could voluntarily contribute…

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On Being a Two-Car Family

On Being a Two-Car Family

It wasn’t until recently that I really came to terms with the cost of owning a car. I’ve owned a car since I started driving, starting with the cliché of the hand-me-down station wagon, and most recently with my first new car purchase. That’s right, personal finance universe, I purchased a new car four years ago, and I took out a car loan to do it. It’s paid off now – just within this last month – and my recent…

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My Little Green Revelation

My Little Green Revelation

About a year ago I was reading an article on Get Rich Slowly, looking for inspiration to eat out less often. Like a lot of people do from time to time, we’d hit a rut, and we were eating out way too much. It was taking its toll on our pocketbooks (and our waistlines) and I needed inspiration and motivation to give it up and get back in the kitchen. Scrolling through the comments on this post I stumbled on one…

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