Doing Money Series: Why Michelle and Her Husband Budget Separately

We’ve been together for seven years and married for four years now, and didn’t even open joint checking and savings accounts until this past spring.

Checking In With My Savings Plan: August 2018 Edition

In August I received $6,016.19 in freelance income and $102.54 in book royalties, or $6,118.73 total.

Tracking Abundance in Our Grocery Budget

I’ve started tracking these freebies in my budget, creating a line-item for everything we receive that costs $0 — and it’s helping me change the way I think about my budget overall.

Do You Need Both an Emergency Fund and a “Life Happens” Fund?

The benefits and drawbacks of multiple savings accounts.

What Happens When You Follow Textbook Financial Advice?

The Washington Post just launched a new series called “Growth,” and the first installment is titled “I was failing at my relationship with money. Here’s what I did to fix it.”

Why I Planned My Own Funeral as a Healthy 27-Year-Old

This is perhaps the closest I’ll get to speaking from beyond the grave: my phone, set to speaker mode, cutting through the silence in my apartment as I talk about postmortem arrangements with a funeral home employee.

Checking In With My Savings Plan: July 2018 Edition

In July I received $4,528.17 in freelance income and $207.22 in book royalties, or $4,735.39 total.

Keeping Myself Accountable by Writing Down My Clothing Purchases

I’ve been writing down my clothing purchases since 2015.

How to Do Theme Parks With Toddlers

Theme parks aren’t cheap, but there are ways to do them without spending a lot of cash.

All About the Hamiltons: My $10-a-Day Spending Challenge

Every day, for a month, I’d give myself ten dollars of discretionary money. At the end of the day, whatever money remained unspent would roll over to the next.