Is it immoral to be rich?


On June 14th, A.Q. Smith wrote a piece for Current Affairs titled It's Basically Just Immoral To Be Rich. Smith's basic thesis is that in times of widespread economic poverty having immense wealth is immoral. He believes the act of not giving away your excess income to those in need makes you complicit in their suffering. Smith rightly points out that…

What are my priorities?


Lately, I've been trying to figure out how living frugally meshes with the idea of living my best life. I truly believe that living simply and attaining financial independence is our best bet to getting more out of life. But just how far do I slash my budget before my quality of life decreases too much to make it worth it?…

August Goal Setting


Hello friends! I can't believe how quickly July went. I am officially moved out of Washington, D.C. and staying at my fiance's family home in Massachusetts! I have two weeks off before I start my new job, so I'm taking this time to get settled, work on the blog, and catch up with old friends. We'll be staying here for…

Why I’m Not Treating My Blog Like A Business


This morning I got an email from a blogger that I follow. The subject line was "Stop Treating Your Blog Like A Hobby" To which I say, "Don't tell me what to do with my blog, lady!" Now, I'm all for blogger/entrepreneurs monetizing their blogs in any way they feel comfortable with. I would be thrilled if this blog paid…

What To Do If You Don’t Win The Lottery


In 2015 I was working as an AmeriCorps volunteer, which pays about $1k per month, and somebody graciously offered to teach my cohort how to budget and live on our meager salaries while also planning for the future. As somebody who'd grown up talking about money, worked as a teller, and earned an accounting degree, I felt pretty confident about how…