Frugality

401(a-oK)!

Apart from doing my taxes, my favorite thing about this time of year is the smug and self-congratulatory feeling I get from maxing out my 401(k). No doubt I am a little nutty about retirement savings, and I feel very lucky and grateful to be in a position where I Read more…

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Frugality

Capsule Re-Cap(sule): How my New Wardrobe is Going

It's been about four months since I started my capsule wardrobe experiment. I've gotten a lot of questions, such as how do I decide what clothes to keep? How do I decide what new clothes to buy? Don't I get bored? Happily, there are an equal number of questions I have not asked myself over the last few months, such as what should I wear today? How do I have so much stuff in my closet yet nothing to wear? Where the @%$# are my favorite pants? Based on this last bit if nothing else, I am calling the capsule experiment a tremendous success.  (more…)

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Cheddar Pielosophy

I’m back!

I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post! Time to declare failure on the ole “publish once a week” goal for 2016 … ha! Oh well. I feel A-OK about this. I had high hopes that my recovery and attendant absence from work would entail lots of activity Read more…

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Cheddar Pielosophy

Being Patient

In addition to my terrific, specific, and mostly-achievable goals for 2016, I decided to add a new twist to the mix by also picking a "word of the year" as my mantra. That word? Patience. It's a virtue, they tell me, but not one I'm intimately familiar with. I like to Get. Shit. Done. And when I'm ready to GSD, it's hard to wait. But this year, I've got a lot of waiting to do, starting now -- I get to be not only patient, but a patient as well. A patient patient, I hope! (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