One Year of Blogging: It’s Been Educational

One year ago today I clicked on the publish button and I officially became a blogger.  It’s been educational to say the least.  I’ve learned so much about blogging in this first year and I still have much more to learn.  To continue in this journey you have to really enjoy blogging. Otherwise, you will soon quit because it can get lonely out here.  Thankfully, I’ve had great company. Here are my favorite things about blogging You Never Stop Learning: I have learned a great deal about early retirement, ways to save on cellphones, groceries, home maintenance, how to invest, travel … Continue reading

Job Search: Working With Recruiters

In my last post I mentioned that both my husband and I had started searching for new positions. During this last few weeks we’ve been diligently managing the many aspects of the job search process. One of the areas I’d like to discuss today is recruiters. Working with recruiters can be a great benefit to your job search.  However, there are several steps to consider when connecting with a recruiter to better serve your needs. Connecting With A Recruiter First, connecting with a recruiter can be your choice or they could contact you directly.  If word has gotten out that you’re … Continue reading

Weekend Update: Life Happens

Hi All, its been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted here.  The reason is, well life happens. Unexpected events take over and some things suffer such as this blog. A week with my mom About a month ago I shared that I’m a caregiver to my mom and that she was going to be staying with me for a week while my sister was on vacation.  Well, that week was a bit of a challenge.  My mom doesn’t take well to changes in her life and she was not very happy with the change of staying in my house.  She … Continue reading

How to Prepare for Home Improvements

If you’re a homeowner you know this already, home improvements never end. When we bought our fixer upper in 2012 we did a big renovation project that covered many of the major areas in our home such as, kitchen, bathroom and new flooring. Since then we’ve had to replace the water heater, sump pump and air conditioning.  The fact is that owning a home requires maintenance and repairs.  Below I discuss some of my lessons learned and ideas on how to prepare for home improvements. Decide What Type of Home You Want It all starts with what type of home … Continue reading

Benefits of Sharing Financial Goals with Family and Friends

There can be many benefits to sharing your financial goals with family and friends.  I wrote about the different strategies I’ve been using to stay focused while spending less but one thing I have not written about is how sharing your financial goals with friends and family can also help you stay focused and on track. Don’t be embarrassed to share your financial goals If you have debt, sharing your money issues and financial goals is nothing to be embarrassed about. Many people you know are probably in the same situation and will understand what you’re trying to accomplish. Last year … Continue reading