We hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas! We loved celebrating our girl’s first Christmas and watching her not play with any of the toys we got her, but continue to seek out our phones and remotes like an electronics-seeking missile. It was great to spend time with our loved ones and take some time off from our 9-5’s for a few days.
We’ve only got two more days left of 2013. Can you believe it?! I feel like we spent the majority of this past year riding by the seat of our pants. Each month was full of its own challenges and adventures, and we’re grateful we had you guys to share it with. I think our favorite aspect of this blog will always be reading your comments. So thanks for making 2013 that much more awesome!
And now, a look back at the past year:
Our greatest achievement by far was adding a baby girl to our brood. We wrote about how we made money off our baby, baby costs before and after birth, financial baby steps for your baby, and investing in a 529 college savings plan. And, for the record, those last two sentences used the word “baby” five times.
We moved! Aside from having a baby, this was the other big change this year. We also solved our one-car dilemma, discussed the woes of shared-wall living, wondered whether we’d ever find our forever place, and decided not to buy a home in 2013.
We also talked a lot about travel, even though we didn’t do a lot of it (fingers crossed 2014 is a better year for vacations!). Johnny divulged his Priceline Negotiator secrets, we spilled the beans on how we lived in Boston and NYC on a budget, gave tips on visiting NYC on the cheap, and shared the $20 hotel trick.
Per the usual, Johnny and I also agreed to disagree on a number of financial-ish topics such as thrift stores, minivans, IKEA furniture, haircuts, and high school reunions. We also got back to basics on a ton of financial musts and started the 50 States Project, in the hopes of helping ourselves and anyone else who’s in search of their own forever place. And we celebrated the first birthday of this blog!
Thanks for reading, and here’s to an even better 2014 of Our Freaking Budget!