Digital Decluttering


Minimalism

As part of my minimalism journey, I’ve already decluttered my home and gotten rid of half my unused and unnecessary belongings. Now, I’m making a more concerted effort to declutter digitally. Digital clutter is evident when you look at all your bookmarks, emails, and files on your computer. It also applies to any apps and […]

September 5, 2018

Why I’m Not Freaking Out About Being Unemployed


Money

I haven’t worked in over a month. I left my high-paying and high-stress job and am now enjoying some well-deserved down time. My initial plan was to take 3-6 months off from work before beginning to search for a new job. Growing up, I dealt with a lot of financial insecurity in my family. My […]

September 2, 2018

What Is Your Time Worth?


Life

Now that I’m unemployed, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands. It’s such an odd feeling. For years, I was constantly working or going to school and running through the day, lamenting about how there just wasn’t enough time in the day to do everything I wanted. However, taking a break from work […]

August 28, 2018

Experiments in Lifestyle Deflation: Update #1


Money

Awhile back, I posted about wanting to deflate my lifestyle in certain areas and wrote about my unhealthy Sephora shopping habit. Recently, I needed to replace the brush head on my Clarisonic brush. Normally, I would just order them from Sephora to the tune of $27 a piece. It’s pricey for sure, and I don’t […]

August 19, 2018

Lessons from a Classic: Rich Dad, Poor Dad


Life, Money

With my newfound time off of work, I’ve been immersing myself in learning–first by re-reading some classic personal finance books. I don’t know when I first picked up a copy of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, but all I remember is that I loved it. So I figured I should re-read it and see if I […]

August 13, 2018

How to Maximize Q3 2018 Chase Freedom Categories


Money

Chase Ultimate Rewards points are my absolute favorite travel points to accumulate, due to its versatility. I’ve written previously about my Chase Travel Hacking Trifecta, which is how I accumulate all my Ultimate Rewards points. The Chase Freedom card’s 3rd quarter bonus categories are gas, Lyft, and Walgreens. All spend within these categories earn 5% […]

August 9, 2018

Excel 101: Rate of Return on Investments


Excel for Your Finances

I am an absolute Excel geek–it’s the only tool I use to manage my finances. I wanted to start an Excel mini-series on my blog where I teach different formulas/functions that would be useful for those interested in managing their finances. For the first post in this series, I wanted to show an easy way […]

August 6, 2018

Mini Retirement Finances


Life, Money

Last month, I announced that I was leaving my high-paying corporate job and taking some time off from the working world. I also shared a bit about how my paycheck was allocated while I was still employed. This time off of work is like a mini retirement and I’ve spent some time reviewing my finances […]

July 16, 2018

The Magic of Asking


Life, Money

All my life, I have been heavily introverted. I never liked talking to strangers. I was the type of person that would wander around a store for 15 minutes rather than ask a store associate for help. If I received poor service or sub par products, I was too shy to speak up for myself. […]

July 9, 2018

How I Allocate My Paycheck


Money

I’m in the midst of preparing for funemployment and planning out the next few months of expenses. I thought I’d give you readers a glimpse into how I managed my money while gainfully employed before  sharing how my finances will change after leaving my job in a future post. Currently, my simplified monthly finances look […]

July 6, 2018