Anti-Budgeting and Household Financial Management

Count your pennies, and your dollars will count themselves.

I am paid to budget for my company, but when it comes to my own money, I've always found budgets restrictive and unhelpful. Instead, I am all about the Anti-Budget. It's easy to follow, and the focus is on the big picture of working toward your goals and spending within your means.

Little Free Libraries Update

Passion projects are so important for mental health and wellness.  My Little Free Library project took over our garage and front yard for almost an entire year.  Today, I'm excited to share that I was awarded the Todd H. Bol Awards for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of all my hard work spreading books to my community. 

5 Years of Cat Lessons

Our cat died last week at the ripe old age of 17. I feel the loss, but I am also relieved to no longer be a cat owner. The cat came with my partner, a two-for-one package deal. After five years of cat life, I may not have enjoyed every moment, but I learned a lot from her.

Covid Travel - The New Normal?

I took my first trip since the start of the pandemic.  Lots of thoughts, foremost being I plan to stay grounded for the foreseeable future and am thankful I can.

Kids Books on Money

 I have two great finds to share, written specifically for kids to help teach basic money principles.

Spice Up Your Life

You know when you're a kid in a candy story, and you want one of everything, but your parents know what's best for you, so then you have to choose because they know you shouldn't eat one of everything?  Then later, when you're an adult, you go back and are allowed to buy one of everything, but you know you really shouldn't because diabetes and cavities?

How the Word is Passed

Clint Smith's empathy in "How the Word is Passed" stunned me.  The books is extremely well organized, thoroughly researched, and well written.  I don't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

Start a Zero-Figure Blog

Are you even a blogger if you aren't busy telling someone how to start a blog?

Scarcity Mindset

 Our local Buy Nothing Group has sprouted, and I was surprised by the overwhelming scarcity mindset.

A scarcity mindset is when you are so obsessed with a lack of something — usually time or money — that you can’t seem to focus on anything else, no matter how hard you try.

The Hollow Hit of $1M

Today, I joined the two-comma net worth club.  I realize I feel absolutely no different today than I did yesterday, and I don't think I will feel any different tomorrow, either.