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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...

Our 3 Biggest Money Arguments And How We Resolved Them

Money disagreements are the best, am I right? Ok so maybe they’re not the best, but we all have them, whether we choose to admit it or not. I used to turn a blind eye to our disagreements and think that Jordan and I were totally in sync with our cash. But taking a...

Simple Tools We Use to Organize our 21 Accounts

  Join the Project! Everything you need to be smarter with your money, delivered weekly.   I’ve received a lot of questions recently about how we organize our money and all the different bank, investment, credit card accounts we have. I’m kind of flattered that people...

Combining Finances: How We Share Our Money

Years ago I was out with a friend. We were having lunch and popping into some cute boutiques in San Francisco. She found a dress that she absolutely loved and wanted to get it for a wedding that summer. Rather than making the decision herself, she called and asked her...

Combining Finances: 5 Ways To Manage Money In A Relationship

I wrote a piece last year for The Everygirl that went through 5 different ways couples can combine their money. And I received some strong feedback: “5 ways! There’s only one way! Combine everything!” or “Combine your money? Why make this so difficult! Just keep it...

How We Easily Doubled Our Savings While Living More

It’s no secret that I don’t adhere to tracking a strict budget. I know. I’m the black sheep of the personal finance world. I understand that tracking daily, weekly, or monthly is what really works for some people and I have nothing against it. But I swear, I’ve tried...

An Alternative Holiday Gift Guide

Once Halloween has gone, it’s a free pass for the internet to start advertising holiday gift guides and black Friday sales. Honestly, sometimes I get a little gift fatigue before the Thanksgiving turkey is slid into the oven. A few years ago I realized that there...

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