Cheddar Pielosophy

Frugality in Beast Mode

As an aspiring professional athlete,* one of my favorite kinds of stories is the kind of story about professional athletes who do amazing things with all their professional athlete money. Amazing things like completely ignoring it. Last year, my favorite story was about Daniel Norris, an MLB (that’s baseball, goofball) pitcher who Read more…

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Frugality

So long 2015, Onward and Onward to 2016!

Ever since I was a kid I've been very goal oriented and weirdly motivated by the endorphin rush that comes from checking something off my to do list. So it should come as no surprise I enjoy this time of year -- reflecting back on what goals I accomplished the past year, kicking myself with a few face punches (metaphorical) for the ones I didn't, and looking ahead and making lots and lots of lists for the coming year. 2015 was a mixed year for me, though I would say I leave it with a sense of generally pretty spectacularly amazeballs awesome -- overall, financially, it was a very solid year, though not without some important lessons. Personally, it couldn't have been better -- Sweetie Pie moved closer to me after being in a different city for two years; I traveled a lot and saw many, many old friends; I started to feel like my house is becoming my home; and I started exploring all sorts of new pursuits outside of work (like this blog!), and somehow managed to achieve some balance of not feeling perpetually "busy" (I chalk that one up to good old fashioned gratitude!). Professionally, however, last year was a disappointment -- I had some tough days at work and have been embroiled in some deep soul searching about where I might want to go next, how to get there, and the best recipe for lemonade in the meantime. In terms of my specific goals, here's the rundown: (more…)

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Cheddar Pielosophy

Is Grad School Worth It?

I'll admit I've been delinquent in my writing recently. I have a good excuse, though -- maybe the best excuse. I've been on a multi-week, joy-filled, and overwhelming high after attending my 10-year grad school reunion. It really couldn't have been any better -- great friends and amazing people doing amazing things. Am I one of those people? Sort of -- I work in a related field, but it's not what I went to school for and I went on to get ANOTHER degree after this one that's required for my current job. (Yes, I be crazy. Way too much schooling.) So I have a somewhat random Master's degree on my resume that always confuses people and no one's quite sure what to make of it. To be honest, neither am I. But was my two-year academic jaunt "worth" it? (more…)

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Frugality

Investing 102: I am a Robot

I’ve been distracted recently and haven’t given this blog the attention I’d like, with several other creative projects (more to come on this!) taking priority, plus the taking-longer-than-wanted-but-not-unexpected basement refurb. Thankfully, though, my finances are robotocized (that’s a word, I swear) and I don’t have to worry about making sure Read more…

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Frugality

The Best $4 I Ever Earned

There are so many things I'm learning on my path to financial independence -- one of those is that sudden recognition that I have no idea what I want to do with my time when I am no longer beholden to The Grind. I know I will always want to keep working to a limited extent, but I don't have a "dream" job in mind. Ihave a lot of hobbies I enjoy doing, but nothing that really grabs me as something I'd want to do even close to full time or would be capable of doing as a means of income production. In the dual interests of figuring out what I might want to do with more time on my hands and making the most of my current situation, I've been trying to pursue more creative endeavors this year and have generally been doing a pretty good job of that -- from writing this blog, to refurbishing my basement, to making lots of art, to maybe finally, eventually, really for reals opening that Etsy shop I've been talking about for so long.  (more…)

By Cheddar Pie, ago