I just finished filling out 54 pages of refinancing paperwork for my shiny new mortgage. I’m excited to be getting a lower interest rate, but it does smart a bit to suddenly be back to 30 years instead of 28.5 years. Of course, even though I’m not paying extra on the mortgage now, the plan is to pay extra on the mortgage as my income (hopefully) increases, so it won’t actually be a full 30 years anyway.
It will be nice to have the extra cash each month, especially as repairs keep popping up.
This weekend, I continued work on the water damaged master bathroom. I re-scraped the damaged plaster, making sure I got all the loose bits, then sanded everything just slightly. The next step was to paint the whole thing with Kilz primer. Yes, before actually doing the repairs. This prevents any water staining from coming through. Sometime this week, I’m going to do the patching, then re-paint with the primer again.
Then I have to do what I consider the hard part. Pick out paint colors. EEEK.
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.