The Story of Shaky: My 1992 Honda Civic

 

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happy girl in her beloved hooptie

Car ownership can be a major expense for a lot of people, especially if they decide to lease or buy a new car and are left with car payments. I wanted to look back at my first and only car to see how much it cost me to have her for the short time that I did. Less than a year.

I named her Shaky because she would randomly shake when I was driving. Super safe. She was an old, but very well taken care of, Honda Civic that I brought my senior year of college for $2,600 using my refund check. I hadn’t yet discovered the financial independence movement, clearly.  Continue reading “The Story of Shaky: My 1992 Honda Civic”

Organizing Your Finances to Finish 2019 on a High Note

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With Labor Day behind us, a new school year and season ahead, there is no better time than now to organize your financial life. Resolutions and goals should not be reserved simply for the New Year; we can and should take inventory of how we are doing financially at any point in the year. Personally, September has always felt like a new beginning, a second start – maybe it’s the freshly printed planners or the forever student in me. Whatever the case, you too can use September as a time to reflect on the last nine months and plan ahead into the New Year. 

Regardless of whether or not you made financial goals in the beginning of 2019, these tips below will help you stay on track or evaluate where you want to be for 2020. Continue reading “Organizing Your Finances to Finish 2019 on a High Note”

Trip Summary: Hudson, NY

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For Ari’s 27th birthday, I decided to plan a trip to the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival in Watkins Glen. I booked a small cabin (no bathroom/bed small) in the woods and was planning on purchasing the tickets later. At the time of writing this, the festival tickets are still unavailable for purchase and the entire festival is in question after losing a major sponsor. Anyway, I knew this birthday gift was more for me than for Ari, considering he is not a festival person. I did it regardless, because who doesn’t want to be part of Woodstock’s revival? Ari. Ari doesn’t want to. Surely enough, he was not thrilled about this gift. Continue reading “Trip Summary: Hudson, NY”

Year in Review: 2018 Expenses

2018 was the year I took my money goals seriously – they shifted a bit but it in they end I made huge financial strides.

It was the first full year of tracking my expenses – something I started in mid-2017 – so it’ll provide major insights for every year moving forward.

This year I spent $16,361.93, funded my emergency fund with $10,000, and paid $11,017.18 towards my student loans.

Below is a breakdown of how much I spent for every category.

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