I give up. From now on, all posts will be called Auto Draft, because I cannot get it fixed.** I have tried all the fixes recommended in the various forums, and nothing. I did manage to get my site stuck in maintenance mode for a while this week. That was fun.
On to the content. I’ve been reading a lot about people doing 100 things projects – getting rid of 100 things that you don’t need. It seems kind of daunting, especially since I currently have three bags of donations taking up space in my bedroom. Well, might as well give it a shot. And yes, I’m going to count those bags – as three things. After all, they’ve been taking up space for too long, so getting them out of the apartment will count for something. I’m just not counting all the things inside.
The way the project works is kind of up to you. You can count things as small as you want. However, if you throw away that giant bag of 1000 cotton balls and count that as 1000 things, that doesn’t so much count. It would really defeat the purpose of the whole project.
So far, I’ve gone through just a few drawers and already have over twenty things to get rid of. Some things were tossed, others went into a box for donating. I’m still going. Need to tackle the kitchen next. Yipes.
**Apparently, something I did that didn’t seem to fix it actually did fix it – at least going forward. Good bye, Auto Draft!
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.