I made it through the storm relatively unscathed. Aside from a few little blips, I was lucky enough to have power all weekend. The cable only went out for a few hours on Saturday as well, so I was still well connected.
So what did I do with all that free time?
Well, I’m fighting a cold, which seemed to hit its worst points over the weekend, so it was nice to have an excuse to be a little lazy and rest up. But that didn’t take all three days (which has now stretched into four, as I have Monday off as well).
I used the time trapped inside to get through a number of the tasks that have been languishing on my “to-do” list. I reorganized some cabinets, did a ton of laundry, did some deep cleaning of a couple of rooms. You know, exciting things. I also took the time to be a little lazy and read two books that have been sitting here unread for far too long. Of course, I updated my budget too. Can’t go too long without playing with the budget!
Really, I’m not disappointed to have another day off. (Of course, is anyone ever disappointed with a day off?) But what I mean is, I really don’t think I’ll be bored. I have a lot that I can still do. Plus I’m starting to feel better, so I’m hoping to get to the gym today and get in that 8 mile run that got cancelled over the weekend.
Megan is a 40-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.