Shopping Ban Update: Day 90

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On September 30th, I completed 90 days of no unnecessary spending. Actually, 92 days, since both July and August were 31-day months. During this time, I did not buy clothes, jewelry, make-up, household decor, or coffee. I didn’t even go out to dinner more than once per week. I did spend on my wedding, but other than that it was an extended dry-spell of no-spend. Read the journey… The 90-Day Shopping Ban Shopping Ban Update: Day 30 Shopping Ban Update: Day 60 This post has taken me a long time to write. Partly because October has been a whirlwind month for me (will explain later, but follow me on Instagram for more real-time updates!), but also because it’s taken some time to process life-without-the-mindless-buy. I do wish I had gotten this post out sooner, since I’ve definitely had some spendy days as time since the end of the shopping ban has […]

My Wedding Cost $18,106 and It Was Worth Every Penny

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On Saturday October 3rd, 2015 I got married  It was amazing, even better than we expected. And the final bill wasn’t too bad either. The average wedding costs $31,213 Which can be interpreted as expensive or cheap, depending who you talk to. People are nuts about weddings, particularly the cost of weddings, and it always ends in a bizarre mix of frugality and extravagance. Our wedding was no different. At 29, I’ve already been to elaborate weddings that have ended in divorce, and knew better than to assume the right place setting was the secret to marital bliss. I wanted a wedding that was casual but elegant, and reflected our actual spending power rather than aspirational riches. We weren’t trying to be frugal or extravagant, we were merely focused on having the best wedding we could afford without compromising the rest of our financial goals. I know most personal finance websites will tell […]

I’m not dead, I’m just getting married

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Apologies for the lack of posts lately — planning a small wedding has proven to be more work than expected! I am working on a post that I hope to get up next week, but the next 2-3 weeks will be slow as I tie the knot with my beloved and celebrate with my family. We will return to our regular scheduled programming after the second week of October. Can’t wait? Make sure your signed up for my weekly email and get financial sass and rah-rah (my specialty) delivered right to your inbox. I’m still posting awesome personal finance articles from around the web on the Money After Graduation Facebook page and I can be found tweeting stock market commentary and attractive photos of Justin Trudeau on Twitter (let me repeat: a crush is not a vote). In the meantime, try this Check out some of my favorite posts from the past: […]

Digging Up My Ugly Financial Past

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If you follow me on Twitter, you may have caught me live-tweeting a Sunday night shred-fest of old documents. I’m pretty diligent at hanging on to things, particularly financial documents for the required 7 years (I’ve heard rumors that digital copies are now sufficient for record-keeping, so you don’t actually have to keep every receipt on file anymore). Since we’re into the second half of 2015, it seemed as good of a time as any to get rid of my financial docs from 2008. Man, that was a trip. Shredding old docs. Found an income tax return. I made $8,200 in 2006 😂 — Bridget Casey (@moneyaftergrad) August 31, 2015 In 2008 I was 22 and in my second year of university (I had taken 2 years off between high school and college, originally believing I would NEVER go to university. Naturally, this ensured I would end up with a graduate degree). […]

If you’re tired of always losing, stop playing the game

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A few weeks ago, I shared how the economic downturn is affecting my city (and myself!). I was surprised by the number of commenters that are also from Calgary that agreed they’ve noticed the city seems more adversely affected than the news is reporting. One thing people keep complaining about here is the price of gas. Nevermind that literally tens of thousands of people are unemployed, gas expensive. Every day the price of oil seems to fall to all new lows, but the price at the pump stays the same or even increases. People are outraged. You can see it in the comments on every article published by a major newspaper about the price of oil or the recession: “Oil falls 60% but I’m still paying $1.25/L for gas??!” followed by some complaints about the NDP or Prime Minister Harper, depending on their political leanings. Holy shit, people. Why do […]