Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What to do

I've been struggling with what exactly to do with this blog.

I originally started it to bring people very real numbers-- a case study in personal finance, if you will. Yes, I want to post general tips and information, but I feel that a real see-exactly-how-and-if-this-is-working type blog is needed out there and I'm exactly the kind of bare-it-all kind of girl to do it. Theory is wonderful, but example is inspiring (or at least instructive)!

Yet, I'm in a place where I don't really know if I'm free to do that anymore. I didn't post real budget numbers during the school year because it's socially unacceptable to talk about exactly how much you make.

I personally think the taboo on salary is ridiculous. If someone isn't getting paid fairly, they should have a right to know. If the company won't fix it, they should (and do) have a right to quit. I work in a school, so any parent could come up and demand to see how much I get paid, my benefits, and even my address and phone number unless I specifically request my contact info be withheld. But, on the off-chance I make more than my co-workers, I don't want to be resented.

Then there's my husband. He is on staff at a church, so that makes things more complicated as well.

What is the answer here? Is it okay to continue posting real-life budget numbers? If we simply combined our incomes and didn't label exactly how much one or the other makes, would that be better? Any answers would be appreciated...

Saturday, August 7, 2010

FPU-- Drinking the Kool-aid

We've finally done it. This Dave-junkie and her wonderful husband have finally taken the plunge and enrolled in Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University.

We're the youngest in the class, which is both sad and exciting. I look forward to bringing new and not-so-new insights to this blog as a result of this class.

We are technically on baby step 4, but we aren't working it. Lubby's school is going to cost us an arm and a leg this semester, so in order to avoid debt and have him graduate next May we are having to cashflow like crazy. But, that's a different post. I hope to bring more info on those numbers very soon.

Until then~