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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Trip Summary: Iceland

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We snagged cheap tickets for Iceland back in April. October is considered low season so it wasn’t a surprise that ticket costs weren’t high. Traveling during this time gave us a greater opportunity to see the Northern Lights, but made me seriously paranoid about hitting bad weather. Continue reading “Trip Summary: Iceland”

Merry Chrismukkah – Holiday Expenses

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The holidays can be a stressful time of year. From buying gifts at crowded malls with angry parking lot drivers to visiting extended family / your significant other’s family. From sweating in the kitchen preparing your signature dessert to feeling the pressure to give good gifts because you have a well-paying full-time job.

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State of my goals as we enter Q4

What are your hopes and dreams?

This question always generates an eye-roll from Ari because I ask him and myself it all the time. With all the life goals I have —  road trip across the US, pay off student loans, make a movie, move into a Brooklyn apartment with Ari, fully fund my “Freedom To Choose” account, become a CFP, buy a home in the suburbs —  it’s been hard to pinpoint where I want to be next month, year or five years.

All these goals require cash but can I save for all of them at the same time? Sureeee, except it will definitely be a while before I reach them. Instead, I need to focus on those that are of most importance. Because let’s be real, my road trip across the US will be more enjoyable if I have a safety net and ZERO debt.

Now that we have entered the last quarter of 2018 I really want to give myself specific timelines for completing my top three goals. Continue reading “State of my goals as we enter Q4”