How Much Do Uber/Lyft Drivers Make?

If you’ve ever contemplated the idea of becoming an Uber and/or Lyft driver, I’m about to give you a realistic look at how much you can expect to earn (figures are from the D.C. Metro area). As a side hustle / learning experience, I signed up to be an Uber and Lyft driver in the Northern … Read moreHow Much Do Uber/Lyft Drivers Make?

Paying Off The Mortgage Early vs. Investing

I’ve had enough people ask me about this topic now that I feel it deserves an additional blog post. I briefly addressed it here, and I’ll address it briefly again. Why pay off a low interest rate mortgage (~3-5%) early when you could earn ~8-12% in the stock market? To most people, the smarter and … Read morePaying Off The Mortgage Early vs. Investing

The Costco Effect: Are You Really Saving Money at Costco?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Costco. But today, I want to pose the following question to you: Are you really saving money at Costco? If your experience is similar to what mine is usually like, then the answer is probably not. Here’s how it usually goes. We drive over to Costco planning to get a … Read moreThe Costco Effect: Are You Really Saving Money at Costco?

March 2016 Goal Progress: Update #1

Last month, we set a goal of paying off the mortgage by 2020 and to have a net worth of at least $1M by 2025. Each month, I’ll be posting an update on the progress of the goal. Mortgage progress: Over the first month, we were able to pay down $4,824 towards the mortgage, which … Read moreMarch 2016 Goal Progress: Update #1

Is Retirement Bad For Your Health?

Is retirement bad for your health? What do people do after they retire? Do people get lonely? What are some things that can make retirement better? These are some of the things I’ve been asking myself as I reflect on my goal of early retirement /  financial independence. Thinking about retirement makes me think about my … Read moreIs Retirement Bad For Your Health?

7 Things to Consider When Applying to Law School

I applied to law school. I got in and even received scholarships to a couple of schools, but I decided not go to this year. I spent about $545 on the law school application process (LSAT, CAS, app. fees) and also got a LSAT prep book for about $43 for a total of $588. I … Read more7 Things to Consider When Applying to Law School

I’ve Given 50+ Rides as an Uber Driver. Here’s How It Went.

I’ve now given 51 rides as an Uber driver and about 9 as a Lyft driver. Let’s do an analysis on my Uber earnings to see what you could expect to earn as a driver in the DC metro area (specifically Fairfax, VA, a suburb of DC). Total earnings: $559.04 Earnings from driving: $409.04 Total hours online: 21.6 … Read moreI’ve Given 50+ Rides as an Uber Driver. Here’s How It Went.

10 Personal Finance Tips for 20-somethings from a 30 year old

Millennials Personal Finance

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of personal finance questions from 20-somethings, so I decided to come up with a list of 10 personal finance tips. Here they are: 1. Get out of debt and stay out. If you’re in your 20s, chances are you have at least one of these forms of debt: car payments, student … Read more10 Personal Finance Tips for 20-somethings from a 30 year old

Our First REAL Budget Meeting: Budget Cuts!

  Mrs. Frugalee and I have had “budget meetings” before, but I consider today our first REAL budget meeting. We both sat down to look at how much we actually spent in February (we tracked spending using the Every Dollar app/website) and examined each category together. I call this our first REAL budget meeting because … Read moreOur First REAL Budget Meeting: Budget Cuts!