For the first time in a long time, I didn’t write an article last week. Jon wrote about our water heater not exploding, then offered to do a second article on cleaning out the water heater for Revanche of A Gai Shan Life. Even though said second article never materialized, I can’t tell you how […]
Almost 30 years ago, Robert Fulghum wrote a book called All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things. This lovely little book put forth the idea that most of our training for a good life comes very early in our experiences Now that I have a first grader of […]
Does Valentine’s Day seem frivolous? After all, movies and television show us over and over again that Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day for cards, candies, and flowers. Possibly champagne and dancing. Most people don’t associate Valentine’s Day with words like practical. But I knew on our first Valentine’s Day together that Jon […]
Welcome to our State of the Blog report for January 2017. In our monthly wrap up, we’ll talk blog fatigue, our to-do list, a giveaway jar dilemma, and the to-do list. We’ll even wrap up our No-Spend January Challenge. January came in with a bang (and an ice storm). After that, Little Bit suffered an […]
In our December State of the Blog update, I mentioned Jon and I decided to give Sling TV a whirl. We’ve had Sling for a month, now, and I thought I’d let you know how we like it. Short Answer: We like it a lot and we’ll be keeping it for the foreseeable future. Our Cord-Cutting Story […]
Our motto here at John & Jane Doe is “Getting it Together Financially in the Prime of Life.” As that implies, even in my forties I’m still learning money best practices, and I have screw ups I want to share so that other people can avoid my mistakes.
With that in mind, I have a confession to make:
I have paid way too much in mutual fund fees, all because I took way too long to jump on the index fund train.
I really wanted to do a no-spend month update, as I’ve done the last two weeks. But then I realized that nothing much is going on. Three weeks in, we haven’t seen a big revelation from our changes in behavior. Maybe that’s because we haven’t made any major changes in behavior. Aha! I think I’ve found […]
Last year, we came up with our 100 Simple Ways to Save Money post. We’ve continued to come up with new ways to save money. Some are from our own experiences, some we learn about from other blogs. And whenever we send out one of our weekly newsletters, we include a new money-saving tip as […]
I think I still have too much stuff. I realized this weekend that despite the fact that we’ve stuck to our no-spend rules, we still lack…space. Freezer space and pantry space in particular. One of our goals for our no-spend month was to eat some of the stuff that’s been lingering in our freezer and […]