4 Steps To Painting A Faux Brick Basement Concrete Wall

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosures for more details. I had mentioned in the DIY basement stairs post that we are planning on finishing a portion of our basement. I had finished the basement in our old house, but I wanted to try something different this time around. Instead of having all sheet-rock and painted walls, I wanted to see if I could paint our concrete walls to look like a brick wall.

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