It’s been back-to-school this week, and I don’t know what that’s like in your household, but in ours, it means a lot of jitters before the first day, and then huge relief once we’re all going again. I say “we” because I’m a teacher, and although I taught summer school until mid-August – part of our debt-reduction “gazelle intensity” – it’s different from the regular school year. I’m lucky to be able to say that I have great colleagues, wonderful students, and that I love my school. My daughters – the youngest in high school, the second in university, and the eldest in a job related to the school year – are all essentially happy to be back at it. If anyone in your household goes to or works at a school, I hope the transition was smooth and positive.
Now, on to our weekly roundup!
For the first time, I had the experience of being featured in a podcast. Talaat and Tai at His and Her Money interviewed me in August, after learning about our debt-reduction, and Thursday of this past week, I received their e-mail notification: “Your Podcast is Live!” It was really exciting for me, so I’m doing some shameless self-promotion here : ) If you’re interested, have a listen. “How One Couple Paid off over $100,000 in Just 3 Years.”
A post that gave me a recent “Aha!” moment was “August 2015 Budget Update and More” at Slowly Sipping Coffee. What could be “Aha” about a budget update? Well, Mr. and Mrs. SSC calculated not only their actual costs for the month, but also what their FIRE (Financially Independent Retire Early – I think) costs would have been. And the difference between the two was over 50%! The cost of living can go WAY down once financial independence has been earned. Kind of ironic, right? And a big motivator to get there!
Do you know Tonya from Budget and the Beach? Not only does she write, she also produces videos. I love her video series “Real Money Stories”. Take 2 minutes and 40 seconds to watch her piece about James Kinney, a former Wall Street Analyst who developed a passion for wellness and took another path: “Living at 30K Feet.”
Savvy James featured Brian Tramuel at Retirement Savvy. In his post “A Richer Understanding: Gifts and Charity as Part of Your Spending Plan”, Tramuel tells the story of his business: Society Socks. As he says, “when a portion of your purchase goes to charity from a product that you already buy, everyone wins.”
J. Money at Budgets Are Sexy wrote a post this past week that made reference to an experiment he had been doing for a month: following the schedule of Benjamin Franklin. He linked to his explanation of the experiment, written at the end of July, entitled “Being Benjamin Franklin for a Week”. It was of personal significance for me, and I can’t help but think it would be for anyone trying to optimize their time management.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the week-end!
*Photo courtesy of Meridican