My Journey to Financial Independence and Retiring Early

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Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Hey, I’m back and it’s time to get real. How many of you have been in a fire drill before? Come on, we’ve all been in school and chit-chatted our way through the teacher having us walk single file out of the building, following instructions […]

April 2017 Spending Report

April 2017 Spending Report

Here’s everything I spent money on in April! The chart below also comes from Mint, my primary budgeting tool. You can find this view in the Trends tab and select spending by category for the time period you’d like to review. Travel: $538.57 – About $200 […]

March 2017 Spending Report

March 2017 Spending Report

Here’s everything I spent money on in March! I know this is late but April has been a super busy month. The chart below also comes from Mint, my primary budgeting tool . You can find this view in the Trends tab and select spending […]

Find Out Your Lifetime Earnings

Find Out Your Lifetime Earnings

How much money have you earned in your lifetime? Here’s an easy way to find out! Check out the SSA.gov website! Once you create an account and login you can view your earnings records from every year that you’ve filed taxes. You can also see how […]

February 2017 Spending Report

February 2017 Spending Report

Here’s everything I spent money on this month! Note, this looks different from last month’s post. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to show this. Car: Gas & Fuel: $103 – Slightly more than budget, but not by much. I came in under […]

Summer in Paris – $570

Summer in Paris – $570

Hi Folks! This is a new feature of The Fire Drill for my Detroit folks. Since I can’t take all the trip deals that I find, I’m going to plan a cheap trip for you! 🙂 Let’s go to Paris, France for a week for […]

My $100 Trip to Amsterdam

My $100 Trip to Amsterdam

Hi folks! My schedule has been pretty crazy lately and I haven’t found much time to write. I figured it would be easier/faster to do a report of my very first trip with credit card rewards. About 2 years ago, I went to Amsterdam for a […]

January 2017 Spending Report

January 2017 Spending Report

Here’s everything I spent money on this month! Car: Auto Insurance: $82 – This is greyed out since I pay that every 6 months, so it holds over a portion of my monthly budget to account for that payment. Gas & Fuel: $84 – Under budget, […]

How to Remove Excess HSA Contributions

How to Remove Excess HSA Contributions

After my last paycheck of 2016, I realized that I over contributed to my HSA. I was scheduled to max out the full $3,350, but my calculations didn’t take into account the prorated employer contribution I received. Because this is a tax advantaged account, you can’t […]

How to Make Money as a Brand Ambassador

How to Make Money as a Brand Ambassador

A few years ago I learned of a whole new job community where I could make $15+/hr with no experience! I fell into the world of brand ambassadors over Memorial Day weekend in 2014. My first job paid $20/hr and all I had to do […]