Are We in Ancient Rome?

Luck has it that I had a chance to go to the Smoky Mountains, so I took full advantage and nestled for 5 days in Appalachia. I didn’t realize how badly I needed a break until I took a break. During my reflective pause, I made time to process the last six months and alsoContinue reading “Are We in Ancient Rome?”

Traveling this Summer? How to Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees (or try to)

Get Ahead of the Fee GameOK, why the big, wallet wallop on foreign transaction fees? I understand there is a cost associated with exchange rate conversion, but does it really cost $2.50 or more to conduct transactions from a foreign ATM? I think not. Here we are, living in the age of increased access toContinue reading “Traveling this Summer? How to Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees (or try to)”

Good Things and Shitty Things

I could’ve said, “the good with the bad”. Whatever. “Good Things and Shitty Things” is more funny and the good with the bad is played out. I have many good things happening in my life, but I also have a healthy smattering of shitty things dotted throughout too. Without the shitty things, I wouldn’t appreciateContinue reading “Good Things and Shitty Things”

Smashing the Glass Ceiling

Last week, I dropped by my SIL’s office for birthday hugs. During the mini-celebration, SIL mentioned she had something in the car for me, so we walked outside together and she handed me two articles from wealth management.com. This event is good for two reasons.1. A financial adviser likes my blog. Win. 2. I got aContinue reading “Smashing the Glass Ceiling”

Learning to say, “No”

Over Thanksgiving, my daughter was home from uni and she asked me to go somewhere and do/buy something. I don’t exactly recall where she wanted to go or what it was she wanted to do, but I remember my reply. My reply was a big, loud (slightly hesitant) “No.” Most of the time, she getsContinue reading “Learning to say, “No””

Be the Exception ~Know your Net Worth!

What is net worth and why is it important? The official definition of individual net worth: Assets – Liabilities = Net Worth If your assets are more than your liabilities, then you have a positive net worth. If your liabilities are more than your assets, then you have a negative net worth.  Negative Net WorthContinue reading “Be the Exception ~Know your Net Worth!”

Step Away from Black Friday

Hey, You! This Friday. Before you step out to your car or bus or train…Stop for a second.  Ask Yourself… Do I need it? Do they need it? Is what I think I need worth fighting the traffic? Is it worth driving all over parking lots or up and down streets searching for a parkingContinue reading “Step Away from Black Friday”

Bye, Bye Secret Elitist Club for Boys!

I surprised myself and downloaded the Bloomberg news app a few months ago. In the past decade, I only paid real attention to money when I wanted to travel. I saved my mileage reimbursement checks from my job and I hacked credit cards as a means to an end. (Travel hacking tips and techniques comingContinue reading “Bye, Bye Secret Elitist Club for Boys!”

Brush with the Dalai Lama

My younger self read a book called, “The Tibetan Book of the Dead”.  At the time, I was interested in reincarnation and death, (Whatever. Isn’t everyone curious about how we are going to exit?) so I hunted the book down and sat in my room and read it. It was a grueling slog of aContinue reading “Brush with the Dalai Lama”

Yeah, Ally! Thanks

I woke up to a notification that my online savings bank, Ally, increased their APY (Annual Percentage Yield) from 1.8% to 2.0%. Ya’ll, that’s good for a savings account.  One key action to achieving financial independence is an emergency fund. If you are anything like me, you have a back up credit card sitting inContinue reading “Yeah, Ally! Thanks”

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