Recently I wondered about how many doctor appointments I had last year. Since I have a personal policy of chasing down all idle curiosities I pulled out last year's planner. 51. I even left out a few lab only appointments, but balls! 51! When people think about how chronic illness can eat up a person's … Continue reading Lost Time. Or: 51 Doctor Appointments
Have you been forced to spend all your assets to maintain your benefits and keep under the $2,000 Medicaid asset test? Good news for you! (And me.) Able tax advantaged accounts are now available for all US residents disabled before the age of 26. The funds placed in an Able account must be used for … Continue reading (Dis) Able Investment Accounts
I've dropped small hints and what not, but haven't really discussed in depth the work I've been doing the last several years in order to send my family on a trip for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary. If you've never done anything like this for family, boy, does it feel good to do! We had … Continue reading Travel hacking my way to Belize!
All those well laid plans for 2019 have NOT worked out, but that's okay, because if I've learned one thing in this life it is how to pivot PIVOT pivot(!) and recover. From January's negative income month, to February's barely there income, to the IRS tax bills I didn't understand I would be receiving and … Continue reading Fire Journey: Disrupted
If you follow me on social media you will know that for the last seven months I have been very, very slowly working on my fitness. I hope I am smart enough to have learned not to rush into things and hurt myself or burn out or let perfectionism get the best of me. Yep. … Continue reading Ways to Save: Running Gear
Working on SSDI means you are limited to $1,100 a month or you lose your benefits. Losing the income would be difficult, but losing the medical would be deadly. This said, during times when I am not so bad off I try to come up with ways to bring in additional income that is unearned. … Continue reading Side gig – Sign up bonuses
In real life things often come up that interfere with our fantasies of how debt pay off or investment build up will look like. We plan and plan and plan some more and sh*t happens. That's just life. By the way, I'm saying this with amusement, not dour sadness and frustration. If things went to … Continue reading Real life; not fantasy.
Not a super sexy title and behind on the times, but I needed some time to really think about what my goals were. 2018 was so financially motivated that now, with less financial things to think about I struggled to really clarify my goals. I needed this time to make sense of what they needed … Continue reading 2019 Financial Goals
Hello my terrific friends! Welcome back to the party. January afforded me incredible opportunities to practice gratitude and my "make do" muscles while getting very clear and appreciable evidence that going no sugar impacted my anxiety at unbelievable levels. Truly having all that sh*t hit the fan in the middle of a January Whole30 was … Continue reading Heaps of wonderful and one unfortunate blunder.
I ended 2018 on such a high note. Six years after discovering Mr. Money Mustache, I finally met all the financial goals I set out to complete in a year. I had an emergency fund, got my mortgage under $50k, and paid off my credit cards. And then, 2019 came in - pardon me - like … Continue reading Sh*t hits the fan y’all.