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As a former track runner, I’ve viewed Project Money in ways that go beyond how much money is in my bank account and religiously monitoring my debt. It’s innate in me to want to go fast but I’ve learned that steadiness and consistency helps to maintain your pace. These past... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Connie
When 2014 began, I had no idea what this year would have in store for me. Just like many other people, I made a New Year's Resolution; I wanted to get my finances under control! More specifically, I wanted to figure out a plan to get my student loans paid... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Katie
Our experience with Project Money has been a long and hard road to travel for seven months. Before PM, the only debt we shared was our mortgage and car loan. We had no clue as to how much the other was spending or had accrued in debt (student loan, credit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Andrea & Jason
Last year at this time we were drying out the Christmas day water leak that ran from the 2nd floor bathroom to the basement. Dave’s chemo was killing his kidneys and giving him lots of side effects. Money was leaking out of our checking account as fast as we put... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Louise & David
As we round out the last couple of weeks of Project Money, I am thankful not only for the opportunity to accomplish some of my financial goals but also for all the many opportunities that have come as a result of this platform. I have spoken about my journey so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Connie
As I was driving to my parent’s this weekend, I passed a company who had a sign displayed with the message, “kindness begets kindness.” This message ended up ringing so true this weekend and I wanted to share it with you. Yes, money is important; there’s no denying that fact.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Katie
It’s easy to get busy with holiday events and miss some important year-end financial issues. Property taxes We received our escrow check and our property tax bill this past week. Our escrow check is $285 more than our property tax bill. We could mail it in, and the city treasurer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Louise & David
Jason’s job search continues. He had a surprise interview this past week and we have our fingers crossed that they offer him the position. But when discussing the particulars of that one job, I started thinking about the hidden costs to that position. Almost two decades ago, I read the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Andrea & Jason
We are celebrating the end of Project Money by finishing a long planned project — painting the living room. When we bought our 1920’s house, we stripped the 1960’s wallpaper. For the past thirteen years we’ve been living with the resulting bare plaster walls. But not anymore. Dave’s dad provided... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Louise & David
As I mentioned in my blog last week, I was not very good about my budget last month. This is mostly attributed to one thing: the temptation of early holiday shopping deals for both necessary and unnecessary purchases. I wanted to spend this blog discussing what I see as the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Katie
This time of year is filled with holiday parties, gift exchanges, ugly Christmas Sweaters, love and joyous times with the family and friends that mean the most. This is also my “birthday month”, so historically I have been known to splurge during the month of December. But not THIS time.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Connie
This month is a big milestone for us. Jason has been receiving fees for his LLC since November, but this is the first month that he has made enough money to pay for business-related expenses that are connected to our personal lives. So how does that work? Using IRS articles... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Andrea & Jason
Back in July, I wrote a blog about how I had become a foster mom for dogs. Between then and then end of October, I fostered 11 pups and helped my parents find one to adopt, making it 12 puppy lives saved in about four months. I had to stop... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Katie
We live in an old house and have a long list of repairs, maintenance, and renovation projects in our future. We are setting aside money in our house sub account to cover planned maintenance and replacing the dishwasher in a year. We plan to build our emergency savings up to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Louise & David
At the beginning of Project Money, I promised myself that I would do everything that I possibly could to make my financial situation better than it was before. I promised myself that through sacrifice I would achieve the personal goals that I set in place. It was at the beginning... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Connie
Being tight with the purse strings while living on one full-time income isn’t always fun. Sometimes it can be uncomfortable. For example, this past week my coworkers asked me to go out with them for lunch at Culvers. “Thanks, but my lunch is in the fridge!” Casey wouldn’t take no... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Andrea & Jason
This week I was going to write about something totally different, but I was lead to recant an incident that happened to me a few years ago after what I witnessed on Sunday evening. I was headed to SuperTarget after work to pick a few things to eat for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Connie
Exciting News #1: I paid off one of my credit cards this week! This was a Lumber Liquidators card that I used to purchase my basement flooring last year for 0% financing. While it wasn't accumulating interest, it is nice to say "bye-bye" to this debt and snowball payments to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Katie
Throughout Project Money, I calculate our expenses twice a month (1-15 and 16-30/31) and compare the costs to the previous month. Now that we have passed the midway point of Necessities Only November, I’m curious about how our numbers compare to when we first started Project Money in June. Groceries:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Andrea & Jason
We have a pretty tight budget for the holiday, so we are planning our purchases carefully. We are using the rewards points on one of our credit cards to save some money. We converted 20,000 reward points into $200 in Amazon gift cards. A $50 gift card cost 5,000 points.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Louise & David
I can’t believe we set so many goals (15!?) before we started Project Money. It is satisfying to look back at them and see how much progress we’ve made since June. Our blog last week summarized the first 7 goals. Here’s our progress report on our last 8 goals: #8... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Louise & David
When I began Project Money in June, my coach Adam encouraged me to think about ways to increase my income. While I was open to having rummage sales or selling some of my extraneous items collecting dust in my basement, I was adamant that I did not want to take... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Katie
If there’s anything that I learned, it’s that money adds up. I have learned not to look at the individual increments but think about how much those amounts add up over time. This week I received three different payouts from various activities: With my job, I periodically have clients from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Connie
The cold is here and free entertainment is becoming limited. So we have returned to an old winter activity that we used to do a lot in the past and had forgotten about: hanging out at a bookstore. We spent four enjoyable, completely free hours reading books and magazines on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Andrea & Jason
Check out Coach Steve in TMJ4 - Milwaukee talking about Andrea & Jason's journey. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Andrea & Jason