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The Best Laid Plans

So back in September, this was my estimate for my financial stats on arrival in Johannesburg: Probably the most important parts of this projection were the numbers for my “starter” emergency savings and the balance in my checking account. Well, … Continue reading

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Baby Family Finance, Part Two

What says “grown up” more than a joint budgeting system?  Pretty much nothing! Our plan is to eventually use the yours-mine-ours system, but until I get a job the “mine” account (the $1,500-$2,000 in my checking account) will not be … Continue reading

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Baby Family* Finance

As part of this move, my partner and I are combining finances for the first time. Because we’re both planners and perhaps overly fond of Google Docs, we’ve spent a good amount of time discussing our financial habits and priorities, … Continue reading

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The Big Move: Financial Projections

For the average late twenties American, I’m doing pretty well on the debt front. Twenty-somethings are carrying $45,000 in debt on average, whereas I have about $10,500. That debt is: $8,000 in federal student loans from undergrad (I was lucky … Continue reading

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Adventures in South Africa

Welcome! In a month I will be moving with my partner to his hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa.  This is a risky move on many levels, not the least of which is financially.  I finished my Master’s two years ago and … Continue reading

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