Are You Ready to Buy a House?

Now that my husband and I have been living in our house for a little over a month, we’re 95% unpacked and I’m 100% happy here. Every day I wake up excited to be in a house we picked together, our first house as a married couple. Also, having a pool in 110 degree weather has been awesome – swimming almost every day! I’m so thrilled I should be extolling the virtues of home ownership to every Millennial I know, right?

Not quite. In fact, if I weren’t married, I’d probably still be happily renting. Am I crazy?! Aren’t homes an investment? Isn’t it nice to own something and put down roots? It depends. Unfortunately, you can’t just go on someone else’s recommendation about whether or not you should buy a home, and neither can you go on a “feeling” of wanting to buy a house. To truly determine if you’re ready for home-ownership, check out these following questions.

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The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’ Re-Written

As you may already know by now, I listen to a lot of pop music, partly because it’s fun to listen to and partly because I have a 2 hour commute and can only handle talk radio and podcasts so long before I just need background noise.

So it should come as no surprise that I’ve taken another song with financial-related lyrics and decided to write about it! However, unlike Sia’s Cheap Thrills, where she told us that she doesn’t need money to have fun, I’m a little more critical of the Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’ ft. Halsey. There’s a lot of problematic financial behavior outlined in this song, so I’ve critiqued and updated it for those of us who are trying to or continuing to keep our financial feet on the ground.

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How to Get Your Cheap Thrills

Lately, pop music has really been on a "saving money" trend. In the past few years, Macklemore's "Thrift Shop", Lil Dicky's "Save Dat Money" and now Sia's "Cheap Thrills" are all advocating saving money and having fun at the same time. However, when … [Continue reading]

How to Buy Your First Home

Buying a first home can be stressful and time consuming. However, there are ways to make the process easier! Here's how you can buy your first home.

It's almost over, folks! B and I close on our first home together in slightly over a week, and we couldn't be happier. We're staying at my parents' place until we move and, while they're great, you just get tired of living out of a suitcase and not … [Continue reading]

How to Budget for a New House

Want to buy a new house but don't know how you can afford it? Here's how to set up your budget for a new house.

As B and I are going through the process of buying our new house, we've learned quite a few things along the way. One of the ones we knew all along was, roughly, the budget for our new house. Before even thinking of buying a new house, it's … [Continue reading]