I'm alive! Sorry for the hiatus, I have not had much financial news to write about lately. I find that keeping this blog more regularly had both positive and negative effects on me. On one hand it definitely made me more motivated to do behaviors like bring my lunch to work, but I feel like it made me too obsessive as well. For someone with a salaried job it can be frustrating being too focused on money when you're money is basically spent the some way every month. Even though I have been doing a lot of freelance work lately I haven't collected payment on most of it yet and even when I do get paid it will just all go into savings.
Really ever since I purchased the lot I've been in a bit of a financial limbo - the lot had been my main financial goal since I started working and now that I've made the down payment my savings no longer have a clear goal. After the down payment I'm left with only 2k in my emergency savings so I definitely need to continue to put money into that in order to have the 6 month cushion that Suze Orman suggests. But having a large emergency savings just isn't a goal that I am able to get too fired up about. I know that I am lucky to have a "boring" financial life right now but I admit I wouldn't mind a little excitement!