Blogging Away Debt

I run the website Personal Finance Advice and Financial Baby Steps with my niece Margot. All are dedicated to saving people money and helping them get their finances in order.

Happy Easter!

For those who celebrate, I hope you had a great Easter yesterday! It was the first year that the girls really got it on their own. In the past, we’ve held hands and more-or-less led them to eggs, coaxing them to pick them up and place in their baskets, etc ....more

Our New Life in Full Affect

The last month has been a blur....more

Car Repair Bill

As if we don’t have enough bills to worry about between our normal debts and the new tax debt, I’ve got another new bill to foot this month as well. Remember when I wrote about my power steering suddenly going out without any advance warning (and in the absence of any collision or other obvious cause) while I was driving home from work? Well, it’s been quite the inconvenience over the course of the last 2 weeks ....more

Ashley’s March 2017 Debt Update

March was a whirl-wind of a month! I was gone for a couple days in Texas, the girls had an entire week off school, and it felt like we were being pulled in a million different directions by all of our disparate responsibilities. I’m glad to be back in more of a routine this month and am already looking forward to May ....more

Mended Knees: A L:esson from the Kiddos

Yesterday as our kids were getting dressed for preschool, one of my daughters picked out a pair of pants to put on that had a big hole in the knee. My initial thought to myself was, “well, those pants now belong in the trash.” I told my daughter the pants-with-the-hole weren’t going to work and that she needed to pick out different pants. Her initial reaction (in stark contrast to mine) was to say, “That’s okay! ...more

4 Rental Laws Every Seattle Landlord Should Know

No matter what part of the country you’re looking to live in, rental laws can often be confusing. For landlords especially, it’s crucial to understand how the landlord-tenant laws operate in your area, in order to protect yourself from any unwanted conflicts. One place which has an array of quirky rental laws is the city of Seattle ....more

Focus

With so many disparate goals for this year, some that focus on debt-reduction and others focused more on savings, I felt a bit like we’ve been playing a game of tug-o-war. We want so many different things and, like a child, we want them all NOW!!! Ugh ....more

Healthcare

I thought the kids Medicare might carry over for a few months while I got settled in at the new job and decided on new health insurance, but because we moved states it will only cover emergency room visits. I could apply to move it to GA but with my new job and income, I no longer need too. Yippeee!!! ...more

Today is the Day

In just a few short hours I report for my first day of my new job. It will also be the time I get a better grip on what this will mean for us financially as I see the health plans, 401K options and so on....more

Spring Break (+ Feb. Debt Update)

Hi All! Last year, my first year back to full-time work, my Spring Break happened to align with my kids’ Spring Break. I remember at the time colleagues mentioning how lucky that was and to appreciate it....more
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