Category Archives: Money Musings

No Love On Craigslist?

I was inspired by a number of recent posts on various blogs about selling extra "stuff" on craigslist.  J. Money at Budgets Are Sexy turned a few interesting items into cash this month including Shakespeare books and a sword.  Yes, a real sword! We have TONS of things that we no longer use (baby stuff), barely use (wireless keyboard), or have never use (huge vase).  So, I took a few nice photos, wrote some compelling ads, and posted 10+ items on craigslist. Guess what I heard.  Read more [...]

Do You Save Money By Reloading Ammunition?

l My wife and I enjoy target shooting and have a decent firearm collection. It is a fun and challenging hobby that we intend to share with our kids when they are older. Shooting as much as we do requires a lot of ammunition. If the firearms weren’t costly enough, feeding them can be downright expensive. After the Sandy Hook tragedy on December 14, 2012, firearms and ammunition disappeared from store shelves for months due to fears of new legislation. What ammunition you could find was Read more [...]

Pedicure for a Man? Best $30 I’ve Spent.

I am confident enough in my masculinity to admit that I had my first pedicure today and it was AWESOME!   Easily the best $30 that I've spent in quite some time.I walk around barefoot constantly and over the years have developed very callused feet.  A couple of years ago they started cracking and looking pretty bad.  My heels eventually developed deep, painful fissures.I thought I could fix the problem myself.  I spent a good amount of money on countless PedEggs ($10 each), Read more [...]

Does Shaving My Head Save Money?

I had hair down to my chest during high school and college (picture a surfer, not a heavy metal freak).  Over time, it has been cut shorter and shorter as I grew older and older.  At some point in my 30's, I realized that I would be following my families long standing tradition of going bald.  No problem, I thought, I have a great personality that will make up for the lack of hair.  Lol!  Now that I am pushing 40 and the thinning is here, I realize that losing your hair sucks.  Read more [...]

$30K on a New (Used) Car Today

My wife drives a lot for her job and uses our 2006 Honda Accord to get around.  The car is paid off and her company reimburses her $800/month and gives her a gas card.  Needless to say, we've been loving the deal.  Lately, however, my wife has been yearning for a newer vehicle with more room, integrated navigation, Bluetooth, etc.  Things that would make her day a little easier.With how well my wife has been doing in her job ($200K+ this year in salary, bonuses, Read more [...]

Parent’s Paid Off Mortgage

My parent’s just paid off their mortgage! What an amazing accomplishment and very inspiring. Plus, this is the second house they paid off.

They were able to do this through a lot of hard work and sacrafice. It’s got to feel great to no longer have a monthly mortgage payment. I hope one day my wife and I can do the same thing.

1MansMoney blog is 2 years old!

1MansMoney blog is 2 years old and I’m happy to say that we’ve come a long way in our journey to retire early. Having started with a negative net worth of -$3,168.85 in February of 2007, we’ve progressed to our current net worth of $39,003.57.

This blog has been a great way to organize our thoughts and track our progress. I appreciate everyone who reads it and want to thank those who take the time to post comments and/or email. The feedback is very helpful and motivating.

Didn’t We Just Sell A Truck?

One of the drawbacks of my wife getting laid off is that she no longer has a company car. Initially, we thought we could get away with one vehicle until my wife finds another job. It’s turning out that that is not the case, and there’s no guarantee that when she finds a job it will include a company car. So, we decided that we’re going to buy a cheap used truck. You might be thinking the same thing as me, didn't we just sell a truck? We can get a small truck with just under 100K miles Read more [...]

Good Drivers Really Do Pay Less

After we sold my truck, I took over my wife's car since she now has a company vechicle. When I called for an insurance quote a couple of months ago, AAA told it would be $1,157 for 12 months of coverage on the car. I received my bill from AAA, but it was for much less than I expected. I spoke to one of the AAA agents and it turns out that I had an accident on my record, but it recently came off. So, they reduced my 12 months of auto insurance coverage by $434, to $723. What a blessing. Read more [...]