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The Unexpected Side Hustle

Shortly after getting hooked on the idea of financial independence and retiring early, I set my own goal, to reach FI in 10 years, with a fund of $700K. That was a year ago, meaning my deadline is now just 9 years away. In Mint, I even set up a goal, which visually reminds me every time I log in …

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Financial Privilege: I have it

It’s 8 AM on Friday, January 12th, and I’m logging into Mint to check out my paycheck. Cha-ching! The first paycheck of 2018, and it’s a big one. I said to myself, “Wow, I can’t believe I’m so lucky.” Then it hit me. Over the past two years, I’ve remarked numerous times to others how lucky I am. But that’s …

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My First ‘Real’ Promotion; I Feel Like A Million Bucks!

As careers go, I’ve started mine out on a very traditional route: entry-level analyst at a mid-sized company, moving up a clearly defined hierarchical ladder, promotion by promotion. I’ve always been someone who works extremely well inside the box. If anything, this blog is the first time I’ve ever creatively dipped my toe outside what I thought to be “normal …

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A Q4’17 Saving Update – How did I do in 2017?

I can’t believe the year is over! It’s flown by; I don’t know if that’s a result of getting older, or because it’s just been a crazy year. A year ago, if you had told me that I would be closing in on a six-figure net worth, growing my income by 20%, and generally crushing my financial goals, I would’ve …

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A Cash Fasting Retrospective: How is this blog doing?

I started this blog over Labor Day Weekend in 2016. At the time, all I had was a passion for personal finance and no outlet. Thus, Cash Fasting was born. As some of you may know, I do numbers in my day job (for a large media company). Seems blogging-relevant, right? Well, sort of. The more I learn in my …

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My 2018 Financial Goals

One of the best benefits, in my opinion, of blogging, is that the goals I write about are always accessible. It’s not like resolutions of the past, where I’d write something on a piece of paper but completely forget about it only a few weeks later. When I set my 2017 goals, I knew I wanted to focus on financial …

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A Cash Fasting Reveal: My Net Worth

Prior to this summer, when I paid off my student debt, I didn’t think about my net worth. Why? I’ve been using Mint as a budget calculator for over four years, and the site couldn’t account for my loan balance because I owed my parents, not the bank. However, now that I’m done with debt, things have changed. Why am …

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A Q3’17 Savings Update

2017 is wrapping up way faster than I’d like. Fall is here, Halloween is around the corner, and I don’t know if I’ve made as much progress towards my goals as needed. That’s not to say that there haven’t been successes this year. After all, I paid off my student debt in June, which has allowed me to really jumpstart …