On Friday Estimate

@RiffRandell I am taking to the woods and the wild...

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@Heather F G Welcome back!

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:08 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@RiffRandell Good luck at the show!

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:05 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@Caitlin with a C going to book fest, too! Maybe I'll see you there. And welcome back!!!

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:01 am 0

On Friday Estimate

Long Weekend, thank the sweet lords. Already been a pricey morning at the doctor's office, and I'm going on vacation next week, so I'm going to try to keep it low-key this weekend. Small grocery run: $20 Birthday gift: $50 Waxing: $40 + tip Movie with pal: $14 Food out at least once: $20 Book fest, though I'm going to just try to not buy too much: $30 Total: $145. We'll see.

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:56 am 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: August 2014 Check-in

@andnowlights you guys are pay-off mavens.

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 7:23 am 1

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: August 2014 Check-in

@TheDoctorsCompanion Figure out what you'd need for three months of living expenses. Rent + utilities + groceries + car (or other transportation costs) + a little wiggle room = what you save in your emergency fund. Throw the rest at the loans. That way, you're lowering the principle, so you'll pay less interest. Even if it's "just" $3000 extra that you throw at those loans, it'll really help.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: August 2014 Check-in

@ThatJenn Great work! And you remind me that I need to figure out how to check my ROTH IRA.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 5:17 pm 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: August 2014 Check-in

Student loans hovering right around $32,300. Made a $500 payment this week, and will make another week after next.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm 0

On The Billfold Book Club: David Allen's 'Getting Things Done'

What does it mean about me that I couldn't finish a book about getting things done? (apologies if this "joke" has been made up-thread). I love making lists, so Allen's GTD approach speaks to me. However, like so many people, it's the actual getting it done that tends to trip me up. Part of it is that I am easily distracted, and another big chunk is that my perfectionist tendencies really slow me down. I will re-write an email until it's "perfect," hesitate to submit a powerpoint presentation because there's always something I have to tweak, etc. In short, sometimes I get in my own way. I love his idea that once something is on a list, it's a load off; however, I just don't find that to be true in my life. Additionally, I wanted actual diagrams. What do all these buckets/lists look like? There's lots of business-speak, but how about some visuals of the most practical, salient points? The workflow diagram was great, but I wanted more (maybe there is and I missed it because I couldn't finish the book??). ALSO - I am not at the point in my personal or professional life where I can just defer or delegate a lot of tasks.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm 1