July 2017 Spending Summary

July numbers are in! Lots of camping and enjoyment of the summer weather over the past month. Summer offers so many budget-friendly opportunities to get outside and have fun. Hiking, hanging out at the beach, camping, biking, kayaking… The list goes[…]

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Saverdink Household 2017 Mid-Year Spending Summary

2017 has been a whirlwind – starting a new personal finance blog, tons of skiing throughout the winter, a diving trip to Belize, camping trips – oh yeah, and that pesky thing called “work” that consumes 45+ hours of our lives[…]

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June 2017 Spending Summary

June was a very busy month, which inadvertently helped our budget a little. Turns out that when you don’t have time to shop, you spend less money 🙂 Mr. Saverdink had an awesome 4-day work trip this month which contributed[…]

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Setting Financial Priorities

Once you’ve achieved a solid financial foundation and are committed to a lifestyle of living below your means, you’ll have extra money available each month to fund your financial priorities and build long-term wealth. The question becomes where should you be focusing that surplus of[…]

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8 Ways to Save Money while Shopping Online

Once you have a budget established, start taking small (and large!) steps to cut down unnecessary expenses. Today’s money saving edition: Online Shopping. If you already do a lot of shopping online, it’s time to re-evaluate and see how many[…]

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Five Tenets for Achieving Financial Security

Financial Security. We all need it. Whether you are trying to break away from the cycle of living paycheck-to-paycheck or focusing on building long-term wealth, there are a few key steps that will allow you to achieve a solid financial[…]

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May 2017 Spending Summary

May spending totals are in! It was another strong month for the Saverdink household finances. We came in under budget, which has helped even out our higher than average expenses earlier in the year. Personal Capital (where we track all[…]

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A Weekend at Acadia National Park for under $300

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Mr. Saverdink and I just returned from a fantastic long-weekend camping trip at Acadia National Park on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. We love Acadia for a number of reasons and try to visit at least once[…]

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How this 32-year-old couple saved $1 million

We, Mr. and Mrs. Saverdink, are a pretty nondescript couple on the outside. We both have engineering degrees and have spent the past 10 years working standard Monday – Friday jobs. We own a moderately sized 3-bedroom house in a[…]

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The Importance of an Emergency Fund

Financial stability is about more than just the money. It’s about peace of mind and knowing that if an unexpected event occurs, you are prepared to handle it. A study in December 2015 showed that 63% of Americans do not have enough[…]

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