Hey folks, Part of my daily struggle with saving money is that I seem to keep spending it! A harmless Starbucks trip here, a post-workout Chipotle run…maybe buying not-totally-necessary extra tasty treats at the grocery store. At any rate, all these seemingly innocent extra food purchase add up. So, inspired by my ongoing clothing fast, I’m doing a mini challenge for food purchases this week.  Read More →

slow cooking

***This post contains an affiliate link. <3 from the Dames*** ECD confession: I’ve reached the point in my life where I ask for, and truly covet, home appliances at major gift-receiving events. This past December, my main kitchen crush was on a slow cooker. Man, has it been a great present! So far, I’ve only made a couple things with it, but each one turned out super tasty and delicious, and made a minimum of 4 servings each. I already made chili, beef bourguignon, a pork roast with root veggies, Italian sausage and peppers, and an excellent chicken and rice dish, but I’m super pumpedRead More →

goals

SO, it’s March, the third month of the year, and we’re all well into maintaining our New Year’s Resolutions, right? Hahaha, yeah, me too. While my healthy eating goals are on hiatus (it is Girl Scout cookie season), my financial goals are doing pretty well. Here’s why: First, what are my financial goals for 2016? Pay down my credit card (goal is to have it paid off by July 2017) Build an emergency fund (goal is to have $2500 saved up by the end of the year) Save for retirement (no real goal here for the moment…just contribute something each month to my Roth IRA) Second, whatRead More →

Take Stock

Hola folks! This is an addition to a previous article, but sort of deserved it’s own space as well. If you haven’t read part one yet, check it out here. In the previous article we took stock of our finances and prioritized our debt, but we only really looked at the overall amounts of what we pay. Today let’s take a closer look. Exactly how much are you paying each month for recurring bills? We need to look at each of these things and do some research to see if we are paying more than we need to.  Things like: car insurance car payments phone plans student loansRead More →

Take Stock

Hello friends! I (WCD) love planning and organizing things, but I haven’t really done it with my money in awhile. There was a time when I had serious money plans and I totally succeeded at them. It was a great feeling when I made my goals and was able to move on knowing I was prepared for the time ahead. But since I haven’t been getting paid so much in recent years, I’ve been on the default money plan: trying not to think about it. Now it’s time to face up. I’m gonna make a plan. Read More →

spending fast

ECD here, and I’m going to talk to you about a personal mission of mine: saving money! I have quite a few financial goals I’m trying to achieve in the next two years (more about those later), and I need to seriously cut down on my frivolous spending in order to achieve them. And I don’t mean cutting down on my monthly Starbucks budget either, I mean taking a real, hard look at where I’ve been spending my money. That’s why I’m going on a clothes-buying fast.Read More →

Richmond

Oh hey there, So you just heard about what it’s like to have soul-crushing-cost-of-living debt over in LA, now you get to learn about having soul-crushing-grad-school debt.  I’m your resident East Coast Dame, and while my cost-of-living is actually pretty good in the River City, my student loan debt could buy me a nice, pretty house.Read More →

welcome Los Angeles

Hola! Let’s talk a little about why we’re here. First, we’re dames. Second, we’re in debt. And debt suuuuucccckkkksssss. Like really sucks. It’s soul crushing and keeps me up at night – like tonight, since I’m writing this at 12:58 am – as in, the middle of the night. So, we have a few options here in regards to debt. 1. Keep the debt. Who cares? Ooo let’s make more! 2. Ask the ‘rents for help. (Because everyone has rich parents, right?) 3. Fake our deaths and hideaway out of the country. I’d personally pick someplace with nice beach access. 4. Deal with it. And maybeRead More →