I bought a house, then I fell off the face of the earth.
Actually, I celebrated my purchase by going to Walt Disney World! I headed south to run a half marathon with 14,000 of my closest friends. It was a blast. I’m hoping to make it an annual event.
But as to where things stand on the house – it’s still mine. I haven’t been out to see it since before I left, and that feels very weird. I wonder if it’s still there! I’m hoping to take off work on Friday and spend some more time moving. I just realized how little time I have to get everything packed up and moved. It’s an overwhelming task.
After closing, I set out to figure out the utilities. And the cable company said the house didn’t exist and the gas company said that I didn’t exist. Got that all figured out. It’s nice to work in a place where I can take a long lunch and run down to a utility company to deal with them in person. So now I have all the bills transferred to my name. Gave notice at the apartment.
Next up is more packing and starting the work to change addresses on everything I can think of. Moving is hard work! I’m hoping this is the last move I make for a while.
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.