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How did my spending habits change while “single”?

Folks, I’ve been alone for the last three weeks, living that “single lady” life. This is the first time I’ve ever truly been by myself in a home before. In college I always had roommates, and before I moved in with Ian I lived with two other girls in a small house. Three weeks is a decent amount of time …

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Reflecting back on one year of blogging

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Cash Fasting. In one whole year, I’ve paid off the last of my student debt, opened investing accounts outside of retirement, and started my journey towards FIRE. Those are some big moves! Blog-wise, I’ve written 85 posts and tens of thousands of words. Today, I’m looking back at everything that’s happened on this …

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Sometimes, life just gets in the way of living

It’s true. You can plan and plan to your heart’s content, but when life gives you apples instead of lemons, don’t keep trying to make lemonade. 😂 It’s been a quiet week on Cash Fasting because the real world came and demanded my attention. Despite the frustration of not being able to write and share more content with you all, this …

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Things I miss about my Pre-Frugal life

This week, I made a “huge” purchase on a new work bag. It’s the biggest one I’ve made since buying a pair of $300 boots in February. Pre-Frugal Jane wouldn’t have batted an eye at the purchase; it’s heavily discounted (bless the Surprise Kate Spade sale), cute, and will be frequently used. Current Jane has a perfectly useable and only …

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Some thoughts on going to the (free) gym

I have a moderately nice gym on the first floor of my apartment building. It’s nothing fancy, just a small room with basic equipment, mirrors, and a TV. It’s also free. As someone who is constantly trying to find ways to reduce costs, and also debating signing up for a yoga class to be more fit, WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG …

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I went to Panorama… and it was alright

Let me be upfront. I’ve never really enjoyed the concert experience. When I was younger, my mom took me to see Riverdance, which I loved because of the dancing. I’ve always enjoyed music, however; I’m the one in the family that sings along most to the radio, and I spent hours in high school and college building and curating my …

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The secret to saving money is to trick yourself into being poor

In the three years since graduation, my net worth has increased $100K(!). I may have started with a negative number in 2014, but that’s no longer the case (because I’m debt free!). This only happened because I put as much money into savings and debt repayment as possible. Saving money is so much easier when you trick yourself into doing …