My First House

Buying a House in Your Twenties

So you think you're ready to get a pad for yourself? Buying a house, for many, is the single largest financial decision of their lives so It's no surprise then, that this...
Saving for Early Retirement

How to Save Over Half Your Income

Did you know that if you started saving and investing at least half your income right out of college, you could retire before the age of 40? Right now the average twenty something...

How to Travel on a Budget

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." -Saint Augustine- Travel often has a connotation of being very costly and out of reach for many, but it doesn't have...
Retire by Age 30

How I Went From $30,000 in Debt to Being Able to Retire by the...

I'm often asked about how I got to where I am, and there will never be an exact formula, but below is a timeline of how I went from jobless after college and in...
Retire Early

How to Retire Early

The current retirement age in the US, for anyone born after 1960, is 67 and I wouldn't be surprised if that increased by the time you or I reach that age. That means...
Stir Fry on Stove

My Monthly Food Budget

I thought I'd share with you guys what I eat on a typical day along with my budget for doing so. The budget shows the daily average along with the monthly totals, which...

My Basic Monthly Budget

Ever since I've graduated college in 2008 I've made it a point to continue to live like a college student as much as possible. I explore free hobbies, live in a small house,...

First House Before & After Photos

This project took a few years and included ripping out a chimney that went from the basement to the roof, which became unnecessary when I put a new furnace in the house.  The hardwood...