Welcome to my first blog! My first financial blog! After months of debating and pushing it off, I took the plunge and finally added a site! Nothing like a little financial incentive to get things moving!
My name is Peyton and I live in Seattle, Washington with my fiancé, Leigh. We are both originally from Louisiana, but decided to move up to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. And, man, is it beautiful! It was a hard trip, but a great journey and would completely do it over again in a heartbeat. The area just has so much to offer. Lots of outdoor activities, attractions, places to eat, nightlife and just a lot in general. It also has a lot of ways to spend money!
This brings me to the reason the blog is here, and that is to help gain a little control of my money, but still have fun along the way. I work as a financial analyst, and love all things finance; especially, personal finance. It’s so mathematically simple to stay in a budget. Spend less than you make. Any third grader can tell you that which works great until you want to take a trip, or start a hobby, or go out for dinner, or life in general. The idea of compound interest working all its magic in my 401k and saving accounts is great, but i don’t want to miss out on valuable experiences that may never come again.
So, with that said, this is my attempt to have it all! Well, at least, within reason. That means getting creative with things such as credit card rewards, deal sites, and auctions to live an exciting life on a budget. So, read on, hopefully I can share in some ideas or discussions that you may not have thought of yet.
Some of my favorite websites for reading:
Reddit’s Personal Finance Page – Great resource about a little of everything with a really helpful, and intelligent community that loves helping.
Mr Money Mustache – Ah, a money list isn’t complete with the money mustache. For those ready to go all in and retire EXTREMELY early, this is the site for you.
The Points Guy – A wealth of information on everything related to using miles, reward points, and offers to travel on the cheap.
Mint’s Blog – Not only a great place to keep track of your money, they also have a nice blog section with quick, easy to digest articles on loads of different topics.
My favorite websites for money handling:
Mint – The list pretty much stops here.. It’s a one stop site to link up all your bank accounts, credit cards, and investment accounts to keep track of everything going in and out. Set up budgets, bill reminders, and goals to help keepon track each month.
Credit Karma – For all things credit this is the hands down the best site. And, it’s free, too! Keep track of hard inquiries, current standings, and other pieces that make up your credit score.