Blog Statistics Update June – July 2014

Blog Statistics Update June – July 2014

Limited commentary for me this month.  I’m just trying to hang on through the end of this ride.  More next month.     Analytics Data from July 15, 2014   People who listen to us, as of July 15, 2014: RSS subscribers: 75 (too many fluctuations to bother recording change) Twitter followers: 907 (+4) Facebook fans: 57 (+1)   Rankings: Alexa: 139,311 (+23,586) Google PR: 3 (no change) MozRank: 5.07 (-0.12)   Some Google Analytics statistics:   More or less steady here.       Popular Posts   Most viewed posts: 1) What Do You Consider a Good Salary? 2) … Read entire article »

Recent Posts

First Job Problems: Which Health Insurance Plan Should I Choose?

July 16th, 2014 | 28 Comments

First Job Problems: Which Health Insurance Plan Should I Choose?

Similar to two weeks ago when we discussed whether to enroll Kyle in his 401(k), we have a choice to make regarding Kyle’s benefits at his new job, or rather whether I should use one of his benefits. Unlike with the 401(k), we have no idea which option is best and we’re running out of time to decide!   I found out … Read entire article »

Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard Sign-Up Bonus Redemption

July 9th, 2014 | 17 Comments

Kyle and I finally had an opportunity to use most of the sign-up bonus he earned on his Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® (affiliate link – thanks for using!)!  In a typical year, we travel pretty frequently, but this has not been a typical year for us as we’ve both been preparing to defned our PhDs. We’ve only taken … Read entire article »

June 2014 Month in Review: Money

July 4th, 2014 | 6 Comments

June 2014 Month in Review: Money

I’m not paying much attention to our money these days, so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that we’ve spent way more than usual.  There has been a bit of waste and convenience spending, but most everything was reasonable.  I was just a bit taken aback in tallying it all up that it came out so high.  We were over … Read entire article »

Why We Aren’t Contributing to Our New 401(k)

June 23rd, 2014 | 26 Comments

Why We Aren’t Contributing to Our New 401(k)

Kyle’s new postdoc position comes with a benefit neither of us have ever had before – access to a 401(k). (Okay, it’s a 403(b) because it’s through our university, but I’m going to call it 401(k) in this post.) However, we have (mostly) decided not to set up contributions to it. I’ll tell you our reasoning and then you can … Read entire article »

Blog Statistics Update May June 2014

June 20th, 2014 | 13 Comments

Blog Statistics Update May June 2014

So here’s the deal.  I’m not sticking to the posting schedule I wanted to for the spring/summer (obviously).  I’m setting my defense date for the end of summer so I’m working as hard as I ever have in my life and for a longer amount of time than I’ve ever sustained before.  It is what it is, and I’m looking forward … Read entire article »

Favorite Posts, Mentions, and Top Comments May 2014

June 8th, 2014 | 9 Comments

May was a very quiet month for me and EPF.  Kyle’s defense took a lot of time and energy and now I’m working mega hard trying to make my defense happen by the end of the summer, so there hasn’t been much time for posting or commenting.  Still, I have been reading/skimming my normal blogs, so I have gathered up my favorite posts from the month of May for you to enjoy, as well as the top comments left on EPF.  Thank you all for bearing with me!     Great Posts This Month   Lance from Money Manifesto doesn’t want you to take and early or late retirement but rather periodic retirements.   Brian from Luke 1428 is becoming a stay-at-home dad!   Sam … Read entire article »

May 2014 Month in Review: Money

June 6th, 2014 | 5 Comments

May 2014 Month in Review: Money

This was a really crazy month for us, both in general and financially!  Kyle defended, I had an (unsuccessful) out-of-town job interview, and we had both of our families come into town.  Plus, we received an inheritance that pushed our net worth above $100,000!  (I don’t include gifts in our income so the inheritance is not reflected below.)  So a … Read entire article »

Becoming Hundred Thousandaires

June 2nd, 2014 | 23 Comments

Becoming Hundred Thousandaires

Kyle and I officially have a net worth of over $100,000!  I’m so excited to reach this milestone, but how it happened precisely has taken the wind out of my sails a little bit.  But it probably shouldn’t have.  See below.  ;)   Slow and Steady   One afternoon last week, I had some time to kill waiting in a parking lot, so I … Read entire article »

Celebratory Spending

May 26th, 2014 | 31 Comments

Celebratory Spending

The main reason I’ve been absent from EPF and the blogosphere generally is that Kyle defended his PhD last week!  You may now address him as Dr. Kyle.  (Not that kind of doctor.)  (Just kidding.  We can all call him Kyle after just this one post.)   Dr. Kyle has been working toward this moment for nearly seven years.  It’s just staggering … Read entire article »