May was a very quiet month for me and EPF. Kyle’s defense took a lot of time and energy and now I’m working mega hard trying to make my defense happen by the end of the summer, so there hasn’t been much time for posting or commenting. Still, I have been reading/skimming my normal blogs, so I have gathered up my favorite posts from the month of May for you to enjoy, as well as the top comments left on EPF. Thank you all for bearing with me!
Great Posts This Month
What Do You Wish You Had Discussed before Marriage? was featured in the Carnival of Financial Camaraderie and the Carnival of Money Pros.
A New Appreciation for Living Below Our Means was featured in the Carnival of Financial Camaraderie, the Carnival of Financial Planning, the Carnival of Money Pros, and the Carnival of Financial Independence.
Tara from Streets Ahead Living added two great points to my call for premarital finance conversation topics: “Honestly, the only thing that I wish we talked more about ahead of time is ensuring our parents are doing ok financially. My in-laws are in a bit of debt and they’re not on the right track financially. It worries me because I’m worried we’re going to have to help them eventually. My husband is now working with them to try to help them get out of debt and cut back on their expenses (they had a $400 monthly electric bill this winter!). Little things like helping out with energy efficiency, reducing over-shopping at grocery store to avoid wasting food, etc.”
Richard asked me an amazing question on April 2014 Month in Review: Money and my response was about the length of an entire post and I really want you to read it: “How would different areas of your budget expand if you suddenly got a raise? I assume you would increase giving proportionately, and you would increase retirement heftily up to a point, and maybe start going hard at a down-payment, but at what point would your discretionary items expand, and at what rate? Maybe the simpler question is, how much do you have to be saving before you feel like this month’s restaurant spending is under-budget.”
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