Revealed! The IM Family’s 2014 Spending and Income

Wow, what a year. I didn’t post that much during 2014, but I’m still here. The year 2014 was an eventful year in many ways, both good and bad. For the bad news, my father was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, and while it has spread to his liver, he has responded pretty well to chemotherapy. He could be here for a few more years, or his life [...] Read more

Revealed! The IM Family’s 2013 Spending and Income

A new level of frugality One year ago – as part of a New Year’s declamation – I challenged myself to throw down the gauntlet and track every penny flowing in and out of my wallet. Since I garnered an interest in money back in 2007, I’ve tried to live a generally frugal lifestyle. However, tracking every transaction was something I had never done [...] Read more

A Household Alcoholic Reformation

Image credit: Dennis Wilkinson At the IM household, the alcohol tends to flow freely. Starting back in 2007, when we were both in graduate school, my wife and I began a tradition: every Friday evening, we would unwind after dinner by splitting a bottle of red wine, talking and enjoying each other’s company by candlelight. These evenings would [...] Read more

Get Your Financial House in Order with the InterestingMoney Finance Tracker

Tired of wondering where all your money is going? Want an easy way to determine your monthly savings rate? Then it’s time to take charge of your monetary life and get your financial house in order. Mr. IM is here to help. The Finance Tracker The IM Finance Tracker – Google Drive Link Features include budgets for fixed and [...] Read more

6-Month Baby Update – A Quick Note on Challenges and Costs

Six months ago our little baby boy was born. In many ways, these have been both the longest and shortest six months of my life. My wife and I have laughed together, cried together, and marveled as we watched him progress from a crying, pooping paperweight to a somewhat-mobile, somewhat-interactive sleep-fighting machine. At six months, he has [...] Read more

New Year Challenge: Track All Spending for a Year

The time has come for me to throw down the gauntlet and issue a challenge to myself. Don’t call it a resolution – the timing as it relates to the new year is merely a coincidence, as I’ve been thinking about this for many months now. Still, the timing is impeccable as a year is an easy-to-measure chunk, so if you insist on calling it a resolution, [...] Read more

In Praise of Free, Open-Source Software

At the beginning of this Holiday season, I’d like to offer my thanks and gratitude for the following free, open-source software projects without which my life would be much less productive and fulfilling. That I am able to use these applications to get things done in my life at a total cost of zero dollars is a blessing, and I offer my humble [...] Read more

Achievement Unlocked: Parenthood

Last week I finally met the boy of my dreams. As I type this, he’s sleeping in my arms. When I first laid eyes on this little guy, I knew that I would live and die for him, moving heaven and earth all the while. A wise man once told me that you don’t fully hit maturity until you become a parent – I now fully understand the weight of his words, [...] Read more

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