DIY Basement Stairs

DIY Basement Stairs

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I had mentioned in a previous post that we have decided to finish a portion of our basement. The plan is to document the progress on a regular basis here on the blog. I haven’t posted many DIY posts, in fact I have only posted 2. The first was the DIY Fence and the 2nd was a DIY toilet install. Hopefully the basement will allow many more to be added. One of this first thing we had to do in the basement was

December 2017: Net Worth Update #9

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2017 has come to an end and we were able to hit our year-end Net Worth goal of $600,000. December was a tough financial month for a couple of reasons. The first is Christmas and gift buying, the second is with work, I had to front all of December’s travel/lodging expenses. I will get refund in January, but it still hit our credit card this month. Lastly, we went to Disney for Christmas. We stayed within budget, but that place is expensive. It was a fun time and our

Dividend Update #1


I plan on starting a monthly update on dividends in the new year. I am sure it will evolve over time, but it will include a look at my entire dividend portfolio and which companies paid that month. In preparation for this, I was digging around our account and found an awesome page. It shows the year over year of the account for the last six years and eye opening for me. Take a look below.

Moving, Packing and Unpacking

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosures for more details. The last few months have been a whirlwind for me. I had mentioned back in June in a post A move is coming, that we were moving from New England, where I was born and raised, to the great state of Georgia. We bought of new house prior to selling our old house so that we could move at our own pace. This meant that we didn’t have to be out of the old house within a certain time frame. Since I was still working in New England it gave me a place to stay until the whole “work thing” was figured out. More on that later.

Moving Options

I did a ton of research on moving company’s, pods, rental trucks, and the thought of selling everything and starting fresh. In the end, we decided to go with

DIY Toilet Install

Toilet Project

Last week we returned from a Thanksgiving visit and had been away for about 5 days. I took a quick walk around the house to make sure everything was OK and no issues had come up. To my surprise the guest bathroom had water on the floor.  I quickly found that the toilet tank was leaking from the hose. I cleaned up the water which wasn’t a lot, so I am guessing it started within the last day. The leak was a small drip every 5 minutes or so. I grabbed a wrench and tightened the hose and the leaked stopped or so I thought. Two days later we came home and again the floor was wet. Same leak as before.