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How We Manage Our Money as Expats

  Join the Project! Everything you need to be smarter with your money, delivered weekly.     Disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that if you are to click a link and make a purchase, I might be paid a commission at no cost to you. I only...

How to Recession-proof Your Life and Your Money

  Join the Project! Everything you need to be smarter with your money, delivered weekly.   10 years ago I was a bright-eyed, newly minted CPA. I was working for PwC and my clients were all in the banking industry. I’ll never forget arriving to my client’s office early...

13 Tricks to Stretch Your Travel Dollars

  Join the Project! Everything you need to be smarter with your money, delivered weekly.   While I love to travel, we’ve already established that I am not a seasoned travel hacker. But aside from not getting free flights, Jordan and I have done well finding our own...

Does Credit Card Travel Hacking Ruin Your Credit?

  Join the Project! Everything you need to be smarter with your money, delivered weekly.   I’m pretty smart with money aside from one place: travel. This is particularly troubling as travel is our largest expense aside from housing. Though Jordan and I both value...

Lunch Break List: Smart Things To Do With Your Money

  Join the Project! Everything you need to be smarter with your money, delivered weekly.   A couple of years ago I read the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I loved her monthly experiments with happiness, but there was one in particular that struck a chord with...

Why Fun Money Is 100% Necessary

  Join the Project! Everything you need to be smarter with your money, delivered weekly.   Last week I made an expensive impulse buy: a four-day yoga retreat. And not just any yoga retreat. This is going to be a yoga retreat set on an estate in the English countryside...

What I Wish I Knew Before I Bought A House

  Join the Project! Everything you need to be smarter with your money, delivered weekly.   When Jordan and I bought our home, I really felt like we had researched everything. As two type A-ish people (an engineer and accountant), we tend to overthink and over-research...

Is Home Ownership Really the Right Move?

  Join the Project! Everything you need to be smarter with your money, delivered weekly.   At the beginning of 2014, Jordan and I packed up our bags and moved to London. This wasn’t our first move - far from it, in fact. After college, we never spent more than a few...

How to be Smarter with Money 1% at a Time

Recently I’ve found myself really struggling with the lack of progress I’m making in certain areas of my life. Up until a couple of months ago, I was used to creating a to-do list and then locking myself away or staying up late to make sure I got it done. I lived by...

How to Stop Overspending – Tools to Organize Your Money

The best things in life are free. Right? When it comes to the tools that I'm currently loving to help me organize my money, that's definitely true. I've shared before how I'm not naturally a saver, but I've managed to set up systems and nudges that make it easier for...

How We Manage Our Money, in 15 Minutes a Month

This month was rough money-wise, but great life-wise. You win some, you lose some, right? With a baby arriving, I have been going a little overboard buying things that I hope will make life easier. We’ve also had a slew of doctors bills, which I’m sure is only the tip...

Should You Pay Off Debt, Save, or Invest? Here’s How To Decide.

Do I pay off debt? Do I invest? Or, wait. Should I build that emergency savings first? One of the great things about life is that we have choices. Lots and lot of choices. But those choices can also become a little overwhelming. Because with all of the choices in...

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