Time Out

Hello loyal readers,

I have had a number of big life changes, recently. I finished my fellowship, moved, had a month of funemployment  and I got an awesome new job (and now I have to set up a new budget!) I am about to take a step back from this blog for a bit, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still be reading my amazing wisdom. I know that many of you just started reading this blog and haven’t read the older (some might say wiser) posts (I can see it in my stats, guys. I know when you are only looking for ways to retire rich and you skip all of my awesome advice about budgeting). So, I am going to rerun some of my superstar posts that are very relevant (just further down the page and harder to see) and intersperse them with new posts. I still have some tips to share, so keep your eyes peeled!

I have loved getting feedback, learning more about personal finance myself and hearing your stories. If you have a personal finance question that you were just DYING for me to get to that I never did, send me an email or post a comment and I will see what I can do for you. Also, the internet and the library are both chock full of advice for how to manage your finances.

I hope reading this blog has made you feel less intimidated and nervous about finances. Having a budget and a money plan and knowing what you can and can’t afford should free you from feeling guilty and anxious. Automating your bill pay will save you late fees, keep you from paying high interest and will help your credit score.  Paying off debt steadily and based on an automated plan is much more pain-free than feeling guilty and not knowing what to do about it. Starting an account that will help you earn compound interest will give you some free cash money to help you to retire comfortably. Talking with your main squeeze about finances should help both of you feel confident in your financial goals and should help you avoid fights in the future. You have more control than you think over your grocery bill, utilities bills, entertainment bills. Remembering that your dollar counts as a vote and that is important to give back is part of being a citizen of the world. I hope I have helped you!

Kate

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