A lighthearted post about the meaning of life.
If you've been following along at home, you know I've set forth some guiding principles in my quest towards financial independence: spend less, spend thoughtfully, live happier, stop working for the man. I've decided not to cut every conceivable cost in doing this, but instead, to cut costs that are not bringing me joy while … Continue reading GOAAALS!
We’ve reached the end of our first full month of combined budgeting with my new and improved budgeting spreadsheet! Time to check in and see how we did. Some reminders: our focus has been on reducing spending. You’ll recall my shock and awe upon learning that in 2016 we appear to have spent $110,000. That … Continue reading Progress Report!
Funny how philosophical all this budget talk has become around the Greener Pasture$ household. I recently wrote about the little things adding up to big spending reductions. By focusing on these little things, all the ways in which we've unwittingly come to take modern luxuries for granted and, in some ways, become the blind, impulse-driven consumers … Continue reading Returning to a simpler time
Let's just put it out there. I LOVE to eat. I love to cook, I love going out to eat, I love thinking about, talking about, and reading about food. And yet, when it comes to getting thrifty, I identified food early on as an area where we have lots of room for improvement. But … Continue reading Food, glorious food.
I've talked about reviewing past spending to get a sense of the biggest expenditure categories so we can target those. It's easy to see how reducing spending on big purchases like home furnishings (which can run hundreds or thousands of dollars in one fell swoop) could lead to impressive saving results. Same with other big ticket … Continue reading The little and the large (or, death by a thousand cuts)
Coming off the last post, in which I outed my family's 2016 spending (and discovered that our habits were even worse than I feared), it's time to look ahead at all we've been doing to get things in order. It has been a very busy week in that regard! On a macro note, we've been having Conversations … Continue reading On the upswing
I had a vague suspicion that combining my finances with my husband's was something we should do -- that it was somehow essential to this renewed effort at the happy, frugal life. But I didn't know exactly what it would yield. Turns out, it has been vastly more informative than I ever imagined. People: it's … Continue reading Holy shit, Batman.
After almost five years of marriage, I'm finally biting the bullet and combining my finances with my husband's. And, I'm consolidating my own finances. Is this going to reduce our spending and kick our savings into turbo mode? I'm not sure, but I'm feeling optimistic about it. As you read in the last post, I've essentially … Continue reading With our powers combined…
How is it, you may ask, that two lawyers in private practice have any concerns about spending and savings? First, some background. I started post-law school work in 2011, making megabucks at a big law firm. My husband followed a year later, at which point we had 2 sexy salaries and a lot of unsexy … Continue reading Defining the problem(s).