Camping the Grand Canyon on a Budget

My husband and I just came home from an amazing 4 night/5 day camping trip to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The trip was really an anniversary celebration to mark 5 years together. Camping is one of our favorite ways to vacation while on a budget. There are TONS of campground options at state and [...]

How we slashed our Grocery bill by 75% in July

Toward the end of June, my husband and I finally got serious about how much money we were eating through each month – money which could go straight towards paying down our debt. We resolved to do whatever it took to slash our monthly food bill by at least 50%, without sacrificing the quality of [...]

What an exorcism at 12 taught me about money

If you read about my background, you know that I didn't exactly have a cookie-cutter childhood. If I wasn't posting to this blog anonymously, I would have sensored out the majority of details about how we grew up, because much of it is so bizarre. Since I am using a fake name, I am more comfortable sharing [...]

We’ve paid off 20k in Student Loans in July!!!!!!

So this is a short post to basically yell and scream with joy that we've successfully paid off 20k of loans this month!! This is WAYYYY more than we were expecting to have available to pay off for this month. A couple of things happened in July that helped increase our income significantly, most of which are [...]

30 powerful things you can do for someone experiencing homelessness

This post isn't personal finance related, but I came back from volunteering at a homeless shelter this morning in our town and need an outlet for my thoughts. Only my very close friends know that I spent almost 3 weeks homeless  about 6 weeks after I left the cult at age 14. My temporary housing situation [...]

How to Get Your Boss to Recognize & Reward Your Work

I’ll never forget my first annual performance review at my first full time job out of undergrad, before starting my masters. I was regularly putting in over 80 hour workweeks, taking on tons of new responsibilities on top of my regular workload, and getting noticed by my coworkers and clients on my strong work ethic and [...]

I have everything that I need

Earlier today I was packing for an upcoming 3 day business trip. I stopped in my tracks when I realized I’d just packed more for this trip compared to what I brought to the US as a 16 year old moving across the world to start a new life on my own. Yikes! My mind [...]

8 tips on how to ask for a raise

Last week, my boss agreed to give me an 11k raise, bringing my total compensation to 141k per year. See the full post here.  The next step in increasing our income was for my husband to get a raise of at least 10k as well. We have (what feels like) a crazy goal of paying [...]

I got a raise!  

Yesterday was a great day! I got home from my work trip to Salt Lake City, and had the anticipated conversation with my boss to ask for a raise. Salt Lake City Work Trip: My 3 day trip to Salt Lake City flew by. I absolutely loved the little bit that I got to see [...]

Why I help my siblings even though it hurts financially

My family (specifically my 6 siblings) have always been extremely important to me. We did not have the easiest childhood. I talked about my life growing up in a cult at a high level in my first blog post. Life was pretty painful for all of us. We are each other's main support system:  For the most part growing up, the [...]