Stories: One Bank Account

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Telling stories is what bloggers do, and most bloggers tell stories because the people in their lives are tired of hearing least that's what my wife thinks.  As we move along in this process, we'll occasionally take a detour to story time.  This gives me the chance to … [Read more...]

Flying through February

Three weeks between posts is too long. Here's a quick overview: The excitement is wearing off: While the debt payments getting larger with each item we pay off, the "fun" of living on a cash budget is waning. See below. February had a couple of non-budgeted items: a pair of … [Read more...]

Month in Review

We've made it through one month of living on cash, and I'm pleased to say that we've done really well. We completely blew the gas budget because of an unusually high amount of work-related driving, but otherwise we stayed right on target. I can only think of one "unauthorized" … [Read more...]

Don’t Overpay for Tax Service

So, with Heather out of town last night and today, I spent the time the time as any good bachelor would: I finished our income tax returns for 2011.  Yea! for the exciting life of married people... Anyway, I use TurboTax online and have for the last four years.  Our tax … [Read more...]

Getting a Second Job

Earlier this week, I mentioned that you need a second job.  Here are a number of ways you can get started today on increasing your income: Ask for a raise-I know this isn't really a second job, but one of the quickest ways to increase your income is to reach out to your boss … [Read more...]

The Importance of Cash

Exactly 7 days into this experiment, one thing is becoming very clear to me: You absolutely have to be accountable when you use cash for all your purchases. I went for a run today with a few friends and the conversation turned to our financial experiment.  My observation was … [Read more...]