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

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

Budget Basement Reno Rundown!

Woohoo! I am proud to report that my basement renovation is finally, totally, completely, almost done. There are just a couple of minor repairs (shaving off a door that can't clear the new, plushy, cushy, awesome carpet and repairing a leaky toilet) and then hanging some pictures on the walls when my photo prints arrive in the mail. I am even prouder to report that it came in ... over time and over budget! Not a surprise, but thankfully the overruns were not too extreme. (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