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  • Budget

    YNAB: Cleanup Time

    One task that has been weighing on me is our budget app. It is A MESS. We have tracked expenses for years in YNAB — we used it in 2015-16 or so using their…

    April 4, 2024
  • Budget

    Not really shopping

    I KNOW, all the Black Friday deals. But something about the collective buying frenzy tends to turn me off just when prices are at their lowest. I learned a long time ago that settling…

    November 22, 2023
  • Budget

    Fun with YNAB reports

    Inspired by this post by Lisa, I decided to take a look at year over year spending. Since I have been tracking every expenditure in YNAB for years, I can create a decent trend…

    January 26, 2023
  • Budget Goals life

    2023 Musings: Spending Habits

    I am still deep into goal setting / reflection mode. 2 random things I want to work on this year: 1- Spending $ more intentionally. I want to buy things with more thought /…

    December 29, 2022
  • Budget Travel

    Priorities, Expenses, Etc

    I have been thinking a lot about the FI movement and how many people might be feeling now that their nest eggs are likely shrinking. (Hopefully temporarily, but still!) I have also been thinking…

    July 14, 2022
  • Budget Goals

    2022 Goal Series: Financial

    This has been on my list for the past few years. 20% of pre-tax income has been our target for retirement savings — a high enough number that we should be more than on-track…

    January 1, 2022
  • Budget

    Not a Real Estate Winner

    Don’t ever take real estate advice from me. We sold our house in December 2019. It didn’t go well, from a financial standpoint. Zillow now shows our house — that no one seemed to…

    October 6, 2021
  • Budget

    SATURDAY shopping + sports

    Amazing comment conversations on yesterday’s post! Thank you all for sharing your wisdom (and for the very respectful mini-debates there — fascinating). I think we will continue celebrating but not rewarding strong efforts. Of…

    April 17, 2021