In preparation for buying our first home, we read books, listened to podcasts, and researched extensively online. Yet, there were many surprises along the road. Here's what they don't tell you on HGTV, and what we wished we would have known. 1. Start Saving for Your Next Down Payment Years in Advance Even if buying … Continue reading 8 Essential Things to Know Before Purchasing Your First Home
After my husband and I got married, our only furnishings were ones we had received as gifts, which meant we had lots of random kitchen items and nothing to sit on (oh, the struggles of wedding registries). We needed a couch, and we needed one fast. We had almost no money to our name, so … Continue reading Highest Rated Couches on Amazon for less than $560!
When you're not keeping careful track of your spending, it's all too easy to let it get out of control. Consider this a reset button to jumpstart your savings and get the budget back on track. Here are the rules: before starting this challenge, read through your bank statements to establish of all your spending … Continue reading 30 Day Challenge: Financial Detox to Get Your Budget Back on Track
I am cursed with expensive (although dare I say, excellent) taste. Ever since I was young, I have had this keen ability to pick the most expensive thing in the store, even when I don't know the price. It's not the gift I would choose for myself, but it's the gift I was given. The … Continue reading Decorating on a Budget: Getting the Look for Less
A little less than two years ago, my husband and I had just been married. We spent almost every penny to our name on our wedding/honeymoon, and we had moved to a brand new state for me to start my PhD. As two recent college graduates, our newly acquired cash flow from my husband's job … Continue reading Time for a Change: When You’ve Lost Control of Your Finances