Hope everyone had an amazing holiday season with tons of time with family and very little (if any) work! We did 4 family Christmas parties, celebrated our daughters first Christmas, I got the flu (Boo), watched the Vikings secure a first-round bye (YAY) and have not had a full week of work in 3 weeks. Our schedules are all messed up in the best way possible.
Out of curiosity, I pulled my most popular posts from 2017 together (based on total page views). Please check out any that interest you and enjoy!
10 Most Popular Posts on Apathy Ends in 2017
I wrote 79 posts in 2017, which is well under my target of 2 per week. I could pull the “I had a baby card” but I think the bigger reason was I prioritized amazing experiences (ice fishing, vacations, FinCon) over writing.
Please check out any of the below posts you missed throughout the year – on some of them I went the lazy route and just pulled some of my favorite lines out 🙂
Spoiler! Just under 12 years (if we don’t find a few ways to speed it up!)
This was one of my favorite posts of 2017. Two cost eating 50% of the averages families money (not even consider taxes) is terrifying.
“We are 3-time budget failures. On 3 separate occasions, I sat down with our computer, popped open an excel document and set out on a fool’s quest to build a beautiful manifesto of our monthly spending rules. All three times I got the framework set up and didn’t follow through. All 3 times we failed. Budgets Suck.”
Check out how our money flows along with 27 other Personal Finance bloggers (links at the bottom of the post).
“Every month there is at least 30 automatic transfers between our accounts. We rely on automation to pay ourselves first and ensure our bills are paid on time. The only other option I can think of is having a calendar reminder set up on payday and every due date. Logging in and out would get old quick, there are 17 username/password combinations!”
This is my FAVORITE post from 2017.
“Every two weeks, we make (what I consider to be) a significant step towards Financial Independence. It may not look like all the much now (approximately $1,500) but with some super sexy compounding over the next 20, 30, 40 or even 50 years it will turn into a beastly sum. With the ultimate goal of leaving the corporate world, our nest egg is pretty much a giant FU Fund With the middle finger primarily pointed at all things associated with traditional work.”
A guest post from Mr. Groovy himself!!!!!!
“In 2006, we were living on Long Island in a one-bedroom condo and struggling financially. To get out of our monetary funk, we decided to relocate to Charlotte, North Carolina. This proved to be a very sagacious move. In less than 10 years, we managed to save enough money to be financially independent. We officially retired on October 14, 2016.”
“In my life, I have seen an actual cherry on top of a sundae maybe 1 time. Why? Because they are a completely unnecessary component. I don’t need a fruit messing up all the greatness that happens below it. Just like I don’t NEED a match to rock the hell out of a 401K.”
“You put in $20,000 spread out over 40 years…….or 1,040 paychecks…..or 2,080 weeks….. and get $135,000 back for your tiny sacrifice and next to zero effort.”
Broken Head Phones, Crotch holes, Plier grill scrapers and a bungee cord holding down our freezer lid……I may be a Cheap Ass.
“A lot has changed in the last 3 years, we have gone from the typical “Little savings and debt-ridden” American household that dominates the headlines to a debt dominating, money-saving machine. Over the last 3 years, we have paid off $60,000 in non-mortgage debt principal and added just over $90,000 to various savings and investment accounts.”
BONUS Link: My favorite post that did not make the Most Popular list:
“Over the last 6 years, I have scanned my bus pass and boarded a bus in the morning…….then 8-ish hours later I scan and board the bus again to come home. 3,000 times I have seen the same things on the route to/from our house.”
A HUGE Thank You to anyone who has read, commented, emailed or shared any of my ramblings. 2018 is going to be a great year!