Donating a Year’s Salary to Our Donor-Advised Fund

We started this year dedicating ourselves to $2,680 in charitable donations, ten times our previous, pitiful contributions. Just a few days ago we officially fully funded our donor-advised fund, meaning we could theoretically maintain that $2,680 each year for the rest of our lives (we haven’t touched on too many specifics of our spending onContinue reading “Donating a Year’s Salary to Our Donor-Advised Fund”

Life as a Living Statue, Party Crashing, & New Friends (FinCon Recap)

FinCon is an annual conference for money nerds of all sorts, meaning I was with *my people* for four days (even longer, actually, as the wonderful Kara from Bravely put me up in Austin for three nights)! Two separate podcasts interviewed me (the Plutus award-winning Stacking Benjamins, and the soon-to-be-Plutus-award-winning Fairer Cents), I have halfContinue reading “Life as a Living Statue, Party Crashing, & New Friends (FinCon Recap)”

Is Every FIRE-Seeker a Multipotentialite?

First off, can we all agree that “How to Be Everything” is an amazing title for a book? If you read enough self-help or management books, after a while they all seem to be just the same message repackaged over and over again (Not that anything can be totally original, but you know what IContinue reading “Is Every FIRE-Seeker a Multipotentialite?”

Wow, Yeah, Unfortunately I Need to Go Car Shopping — What Now?

My condolences. Seriously, car shopping sucks. Here are a few lessons we picked up to make it less sucky, mostly focused on buying from a dealership (for Craigslist shopping, LifeHacker has you covered). [This is a continuation of our previous article, Why Did We Just Spend $1150 Repairing Our $500 Car?, which you should totallyContinue reading “Wow, Yeah, Unfortunately I Need to Go Car Shopping — What Now?”

Why Did We Just Spend $1150 Repairing Our $500 Car?

[Make sure to check out Part 2: “Wow, Yeah, Unfortunately We Need to Go Car Shopping — What Now?“] So we just spent $1150 on car repairs… oh, and the trade-in value for our car is roughly $500 (from a dealer; we could surely get quite a lot more selling it ourselves, but probably still lessContinue reading “Why Did We Just Spend $1150 Repairing Our $500 Car?”

4 Things You Should NEVER Do When Investing

Hey, all! Felicity here, announcing a guest post from Troy of Market History. Troy’s site is a treasure trove of detailed, historical market data. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive source, short of paying Bloomberg half of an average household’s income. Additionally, Troy explains historic market actions for those of us who are aContinue reading “4 Things You Should NEVER Do When Investing”

Six Steps to Saving Money by DIYing Everything Like a Bad-ass Engineer

In my freshman engineering seminar, there was one phrase forever drilled into my head: “Engineers Solve Problems (ESP™).” ESP was the one thing that brought all the disciplines together – from six sigma-ing industrial engineers to code monkey computer engineers (engineers can be super cliquey). So how can you be like an engineer? You guessed it –Continue reading “Six Steps to Saving Money by DIYing Everything Like a Bad-ass Engineer”

Case Study: Low Income, No Credit, and House Hungry

Recently I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with an absolutely lovely young couple that wanted some advice. For anonymity’s sake, let’s call them…Amelia and George. Amelia and George are wonderful savers, partially due to necessity right now, as George is a full time student and Amelia is the current breadwinner with a small salary atContinue reading “Case Study: Low Income, No Credit, and House Hungry”

How to Get Free SSL Certification, and Why That Matters

In this post, we’ll cover what SSL Certification is (short answer: that “https” thing), why bloggers should care about it (short answer: don’t freak out if you don’t have it), and how to get it entirely free (Fergus did it in roughly half an hour!). Steve from Think, Save, Retire wrote a great piece onContinue reading “How to Get Free SSL Certification, and Why That Matters”