About the Blog

Why in the world did I think it was a good idea to start a blog?

That’s a good question. One I still ask myself, as I constantly wonder what purpose my tiny corner of the internet is supposed to hold.

Originally, back in 2013, my purpose in writing was simple: I wanted to join the personal finance community because I thought it was awesome that there were other money nerds out there who found this stuff interesting.

I also wanted to hold myself accountable to paying off my student loan debt.

In a small way, I also hoped to inspire others to take control of their financial situation.

And I wanted to get back into writing.

But as the years went on, I lost touch with that purpose. Some parts of the community have changed, my situation has changed, and my interests have changed.

So I took a hiatus from writing to reflect on what this blog should be about, and what it shouldn’t be about.

In typical Erin fashion, I made the situation more complicated than it should have been.

In the end, I realized I wanted to get back to writing in its purest form.

For me, that means focusing on the words – on the message and ideas that I want to spread.

These ideas aren’t necessarily centered around money, either, although that topic will probably come up from time to time.

I plan on exploring things like happiness, success, thought patterns, habits, and generally trying (and failing) to answer the question, “You ever wonder why we’re here?”

21 Comments

  1. Mr. 1500 June 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Congratulations on beginning your financial journey! I look forward to seeing where it takes you.

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    1. E.M. June 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Thanks Mr. 1500! I enjoy reading about your progress toward retirement :) I hope I’ll get there in another decade or two!

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  2. Ashley October 15, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    LOVE THIS! So glad I found your blog- now I need to catch up on your old posts!! I think we are on a very similar journey :)

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    1. E.M. October 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      I think so, too! It’s always exciting to discover someone else who has the same goals as you =)

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  3. Will June 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Have you planned a move date yet?! :)

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    1. E.M. June 20, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Thanks for reminding me that I needed to update this page =). We actually moved in April!

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  5. DivHut September 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    While your site offers many great money saving tips, I enjoy your frugal meal series, I wonder where you plan to place all the money your are saving? Stocks, real estate, gold, etc. I’m coming from the dividend blogging community and like many others is slowly building a passive income stream via dividends and reinvestment. Just wondering where you stand on the investment front. Thanks!

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    1. Erin M. September 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Thanks for the question! I haven’t gotten into investing much yet because I am still paying off my student loans. I invested $1,000 into a Roth IRA with Vanguard earlier this year, as I figured something was better than nothing at this point. I am very interested in learning more about dividend investing once my loans are paid off, though. I like to subscribe to the slow, steady, and simple investing beliefs!

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  6. Denise September 23, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    This is an interesting page. Good for you to share your journey so others can benefit. Your reason for the blog is very clear – I like that. :)

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    1. Erin M. September 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      Thanks Denise! I spent more time than I’d like to admit trying to perfect my about page. =)

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  7. Kim P. September 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Great blog Erin! I can’t wait to read more! Your writing is so welcoming and conversational!

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    1. Erin M. September 23, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Thanks Kim! So is yours. =)

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  8. Sarah October 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Hi Erin!! Your blog is great!! My family and I actually just relocated to NC from AZ last month! What part of NC are you in?? I’m also a freelance writer and editor and just started my own personal finance blog last week! While finance and writing are my passions, blogging is new to me so I’m excited to take on this challenge. Hope to talk to you soon!!

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    1. Erin M. October 6, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m liking your posts already, and I just added your blog to Feedly! =) We live in Charlotte, NC, but I know that encompasses a huge area. I have no doubt you’ll succeed with blogging if you’re already a freelance writer. I went the opposite route, even though writing has always been a passion of mine. Looking forward to reading your posts!

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  9. Sofia October 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Your cats are adorable!

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    1. Erin M. October 13, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Thanks! They’re quite spoiled due to that fact, haha.

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  10. Paula January 6, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Hi Erin,
    I’m a 40-something year old :) living in NJ and working in NYC. I am glad I’ve found your blog thru Frugaling.org. I also want to be FI in the near future!
    Looking forward to reading/learning more about your frugal tips and lifestyle in NC.
    Thank you and have a prosperous and health 2015!

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    1. Erin M. January 6, 2015 at 11:17 AM

      Hi Paula,

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad you found my blog through Sam’s – he’s a great writer.

      NC is certainly more affordable than it was on Long Island, especially where rent is concerned. Best of luck in reaching FI, and I hope you find some useful information here!

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  11. Carl May 22, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    Hello Erin!
    I am so glad I found your blog! I am in the same boat. I took out student loan to get myself through college, thinking I will be able to pay it back easily when I get my first job. Then I had to realise, that the jobs I could get after college didn’t pay as much as I thought. So I am caught between trying to live a full life, saving, and paying my loans off. It is brutal.
    I have been following Mr. MoneyMustache, and now I hope I have found another gem in the personal finance blogosphere.

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    1. Erin M. May 24, 2017 at 1:53 PM

      Thanks for the comment, Carl! I hear you on that. Anytime I saw “starting salary – $33k” I figured I wouldn’t get it because it required a bit more experience. It’s really frustrating! I’m so thankful for being self-employed, since I have way more control over my earnings.

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