A rare money/finance post vent

This is a rare bitch-fest about the policies and marketing efforts of my big box gym. I find their behaviors and recent changes in fee schedules more upsetting for how it will impact other members more than the blow it delivers to my own budgetary bottom line. Unless you are in my realm and a…

Money, happiness, enough?

Election week has been quite extraordinary in good and in bad ways. Work has been insane, I have been getting fewer than 5 hours of sleep most nights, and I have felt somewhat marginal some of the time. As they say, something has to give. Thursday night as I worked at work-related tasks that are tedious and…

Money things

This morning I logged in to my regular use credit card and found 11 charges for the same online site. Yep, I've ordered from them in the past, but waaayyy past, like 3 years ago. Suddenly a few days ago they are emailing me again, after I had unsubscribed many moons ago, and I just…

Blur, funk, bounce

Like everyone else, I have days that are so jammed with work and commitments that the work and the commitments and the whole day all fly by in a blur of activity. Yesterday was one of those days. Yet ... yet ... I still made time for my gym practice first thing in the morning, a…

Financial freedom vs. financial empowerment

I found this line in another budget/finance forum I follow. Being in my mid-50s now it seems a bit late to be contemplating financial freedom (aka early retirement) right now, but I find it curious the trend and thinking from others far younger and better planners than I have ever been. Financial empowerment, however, is…

Money, credit cards, paying the stupid tax

I had 2 instances last week of paying the stupid tax. One was kinda/sorta my fault, the other is completely on me. The first, more benign of the 2 was actually much more expensive. A year or so ago I took a course at an online university, paying my tuition with a credit card. However, the…

Money-related stuff

I am in the midst of waiting for brokerage statements to finish our personal taxes. Yep, with some trepidation I am attempting to do them myself again this year. For whatever reason they seem a lot more complicated in this transition from most of our income from a full-time, permanent, salary-and-benefits job to the bulk…

Money, happiness, boredom

We have all heard the saying about money not buying happiness, and I wholeheartedly agree. However, having adequate income to fund the basics in life goes a long way. I have spent much of the weekend evaluating my work/life balance in light of my self-employment situation. There is a definite imbalance going on right now,…

Altruistic? Nope, not us

Last weekend I had someone use this term in reference to M and I, as both a couple as well as individuals. While the characterization is flattering, I have to reject it as inaccurate. We try hard to give generously - money, time, energy. We do so because giving and sharing benefits us directly; it makes…