Last week finally brought a lull in the chaotic activity of the past month. Just a smooth sailing, productive week at work and home. With so many furry animals in our house this week, there was still a bit more activity, but I don’t mind with all the extra love they give.
I didn’t start really tracking and budgeting until sometime in early 2015. I always had a general sense of how much money I possessed at any time, but setting up my first adult budget is what got me thinking and eventually leading me to the FIRE path.
Wow, so I have been swamped at work and outside, so much so that when I began typing this I thought it was March. I have been increasing my pursuit of a new job and landed a few phone interviews and some in-person time these past weeks. Scheduled for round 2 on a great position, so waiting on that. Also busy at work preparing for a Quarterly Technical Review presentation at work, which went well this past week. Finally, going to be getting two new dog friends this weekend to take care of until May. Glad I am now finding the time to come back to the site. Talking about the site…
This evening on our third installment of what did I spend last month and how big is my stash: We have some very exciting news coming in from the net worth department, but first let’s hear from the March monthly expense report numbers!
One of the initial steps towards financial independence is to build your emergency fund. The concept is simple: you set aside enough liquid assets for the surprises of life. Calling it an emergency fund attempts to shield you from spending it frivolously by assigning it a purpose. Most often these life surprises are events like job loss, major auto repairs or urgent health expenses.
I think libraries are cool. I try to make use of libraries in my area and even enjoy visiting them on vacations. Something about a room full of books just makes you feel good inside (and smart!). But, I know plenty of people who love reading and are lifelong learners, but NEVER use these incredible institutions. Frankly, I find it quite puzzling and hope that after reading this post you become a library lover too!