About

Life – Money – Travel

Hey everyone!

My name is Jen. I write about our goal to achieve financial independence, frugality – and share highlights of our travels throughout beautiful New England. I may also throw in some random posts occasionally.

A little history….

As a Gen Xer, I grew up in the heyday of the 80’s where saving for my future was the furthest thing from my mind. But it wasn’t until I married my husband, purchased a home and two new cars, and incurred a substantial amount of credit card debt – that I realized we had become trapped in the cycle of consumerism.

In February 2020 our financial picture was looking a lot brighter. We had dug our way out of all of our debts with only our mortgage remaining. Our 401(k) was maxed out and was growing at a substantial clip. All in all, we felt great about the state of our finances.

Fast forward to today…

A pandemic has brought America, and the rest of the world, to grinding halt. Our savings has taken a 40% hit and may continue to slide, and we risk losing our jobs, and our lives depending upon the current state of our immune systems. It’s a scary time!

So after getting away from talking about financial independence and frugality, and focusing on our travels, I have decided to return to the original premise of this blog in order to get back on track financially during this extraordinary time.

Every adversity brings new experiences and new lessons.

Lailah Gifty Akita, Author of Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

Some random facts about me…

  • I was born and raised in New England
  • I’m happily married
  • I’m a self-proclaimed finance nerd
  • I’m a trained accountant
  • I’m an avid reader
  • I listen to at least one podcast daily
  • I’m obsessed with the keto diet
  • I love to watch Gilmore Girls reruns
  • I can’t live without chocolate
  • My favorite hobbies are travel, reading, and cooking.
  • I miss Tom Brady being on the Patriots!

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