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Staying Invested (In Your Community) While Pursuing FI

Staying Invested (In Your Community) While Pursuing FI

There is a certain segment of the FI/PF community that really embraces the “personal” and “independence” aspects of the journey, while mostly ignoring the importance of “community” in a way that extends beyond blog comments and tweeting at each other. Social media is great – I love it, and I’m probably a bit obsessed. But for me, pursuing FI has raised some real questions about where I stand in the community – in the FI/PF community, in my field of employment,…

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Getting My Shit Together – With Money!

Getting My Shit Together – With Money!

Phew, it’s getting a little dusty around here. What’s been up the last few months? Well, my ramped up emergency savings certainly came in handy. This year, as it turns out, has not been kind to my mental and physical well-being. After a couple months of aggressive saving and a couple of months of significant travel, I spent most of May and June getting my shit together after just about everything started to hit the fan. May Happened At the…

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Uber Frugal Month: Wrap Up and Reflection

Uber Frugal Month: Wrap Up and Reflection

Well, we survived January! This last month was very challenging for me, both professionally and personally. My big work project occupied the first half of the month, and left me feeling stressed out after working insane hours. The second half of the month brought an entirely different set of stressors from things mostly out of my control, and involved a lot of phone calls to my Senators. I’m still not handling the reality of our new president very well, and some…

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The Adventures of Austerity Girl

The Adventures of Austerity Girl

Anyone who’s ever lost weight knows that the “maintenance” phase is the hardest part. Getting out of debt and pursuing life-long frugality is no different. Just as dieting is not deferred eating, frugality is not deferred spending. I read posts all of the time from folks who have managed to chip away at some of their debt, only to find themselves maxing out their credit cards again or having to deal with a life emergency without an adequate emergency fund. (I’m not judging…

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You Can’t Boycott Everything

You Can’t Boycott Everything

First, let me get it out of the way – in case you want to boycott me as well – as a Millennial woman with a doctoral degree in the sciences who works at a university, it’s probably unsurprising that I did not vote for our president-elect. I’m hardly  alone in pondering the consequences of this election – I have questions on everything from how will this affect my friends’ healthcare plans to how to counter the wave of hate crimes…

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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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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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