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.

My Family Clothing Budget: The Good, the Bad, and the Big

In our house there is a 12-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, my husband, and me.

How I Travel on a Non-Profit Salary

Most people who know me know that I have a travel problem; in the past year I’ve visited eight different states and three countries.

Checking In With My Savings Plan: June 2018 Edition

In June I received $3,357.31 in freelance income and $89.85 in book royalties, or $3,447.16 total.