Just a quick note to let you know that while I’m out running my ten mile race this morning, I will spend at least a few minutes thinking back to Thursday night, my first DC PF blogger happy hour. It was so much fun! What a great group of people. And it was a great sized group, though I still didn’t get a chance to chat with everyone.
Attendees were the writers of the following blogs (in relative order of appearance):
- Clever Dude – Who apparently drank a fruity drink. Hey, whatever makes you happy. Especially free fruity drinks!
- Budgets Are Sexy – We discovered we walk past each other’s workplaces just about every day. And yet I swear I’ve never seen him before.
- Mrs. Micah – I always knew Mrs. Micah was cool and meeting her in person wasn’t wrong. Plus she also loves Joss Whedon. Smart girls love Joss.
- Amelia’s Healthy Life – I’ve been reading Amelia for a while now and was so glad to get to meet her. She’s so sweet.
- Debt Hater – DH is a blogger I’ve only just started reading, but I’m really glad I did and that I got to meet her. She’s in charge of our next HH – here’s hoping she picks somewhere great.
- Girls Just Wanna Have Funds – I didn’t get much of a chance to chat with Ginger, but her husband and I had a great conversation about college football!
- Mapgirl’s Fiscal Challenge – Mapgirl is so energetic! She’s definitely the “life of the party” sort.
- Budget Pulse – I didn’t get much of a chance to chat with him, which is probably best, as his team was playing (and won) the NIT championship game and knocked out my team to get there. There would have been lots of rivalry smack talk. 🙂
Don’t believe everything you read about that night. That’s all I’m saying.
If you’re in the DC area, or plan to be in the DC area, let us know! Maybe you’ll be around for a happy hour.
Megan is a 30-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.