Finding an New Balance Between Working and Caregiving

Finding an New Balance Between Working and Caregiving

Six weeks ago, an acquaintance approach Kyle and me about a possible childcare swap. The other couple wanted to trade full days looking after one another’s children so that the primary caregiver could work per diem occasionally. They couldn’t afford to pay for childcare (childcare in Seattle is expensive, people!) so a swap was a good fit for them.     I debated (with myself and with Kyle) whether to accept this offer for quite some time. The … Read entire article »

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January 2017 Budget Report

February 3rd, 2017 | 4 Comments

January 2017 Budget Report

January was a fairly quiet month around our house. We spent the first few days of it still in Virginia with my family, flying back on the 3rd. For the rest of the month I kept me and DPR almost completely housebound – it’s too cold and dreary for me to want to get out much. We did socialize a … Read entire article »

December 2016 Budget Report

February 3rd, 2017 | Add a Comment

December 2016 Budget Report

Our major event this month was traveling over winter break. We stayed with my parents for about 10 days. Most of the time we were just spending time at home with my family, as DPR was all the entertainment we needed. My siblings hadn’t met DPR before so that was very exciting.   Traveling for that period threw off our spending in … Read entire article »

Breastfeeding Ain’t Free

December 14th, 2016 | 7 Comments

Breastfeeding Ain’t Free

Before I became a mother, I had the misconception that breastfeeding an infant was free. I mean, I knew it wasn’t completely free because the calories the baby eats have to come from somewhere, but I thought the costs beyond the extra food that the mother was eating would be negligible. Breastfeeding was some magical minimalist pursuit where all you … Read entire article »

November 2016 Budget Report

December 2nd, 2016 | 3 Comments

November 2016 Budget Report

Over Thanksgiving, our family spent 11 days with Kyle’s parents in southern California. It was a wonderful and restful trip. Kyle had to use or lose a bunch of vacation days so we planned a long Thanksgiving trip and a long Christmas trip. After paying for our flights for both of those trips this month, it was a wonderful break … Read entire article »

Where’s the Tipping Point Between a Roth and Traditional IRA?

November 14th, 2016 | 3 Comments

Where’s the Tipping Point Between a Roth and Traditional IRA?

I love my Roth IRA (and my Roth 401(k)). Throughout my twenties, I didn’t have access to a workplace-based retirement account, so the IRA was a retirement-life-saver. I also was not making much money as a grad student, so using a Roth made total sense. When I speak to current grad students, I advocate using a Roth IRA for retirement … Read entire article »

Five High-Value Baby Products for Your Shower Registry

November 11th, 2016 | 2 Comments

Five High-Value Baby Products for Your Shower Registry

I have to admit I really struggled in creating the registry for DPR’s baby shower. I’m not much one for shopping, and as a first-time mother with very little exposure to babies, I didn’t have many recommendations in my mental file yet. I definitely should have sought out more recommendations from other mothers as it was very difficult to sift … Read entire article »

October 2016 Budget Report

November 4th, 2016 | 3 Comments

October 2016 Budget Report

This month, Kyle and I finally FINALLY had the money management conversation(s) we had been putting off for so long. As a result, we are making some updates to our finances:   1) We are going to live off of Kyle’s income alone for our monthly spending, short-term goals, and long-term goals (retirement). We are going to use my income to fund … Read entire article »

A Year of Net Worth Tracking

October 17th, 2016 | 4 Comments

A Year of Net Worth Tracking

On October 1, 2015, I created a spreadsheet for tracking our net worth broken out by our various accounts. While Mint has been tracking our technical net worth since Kyle and I got married and combined our finances, I consider our true net worth to be slightly different, and those differences were large enough last fall that I wanted a … Read entire article »

September 2016 Budget Report

October 14th, 2016 | 5 Comments

September 2016 Budget Report

We’re still getting our feet under us in terms of our spending on DPR, but things are starting to normalize. Our large start-up costs are largely behind us, I think, and now we’ll just have some ongoing expenses to keep her fed, clothed, etc.   One totally new expense for us this month was childcare! I had my first speaking engagement as … Read entire article »