Happy Friday! This week feels like it was a blur. I’m glad it’s Friday! Here’s what I was up to.
How I Earned Money This Week
We had two different sets of Airbnb guests throughout this week. I really like that the payments go through the day that the guests check in, so we don’t have to wait for it.
How I Spent Money This Week
We sent the final payment for our wedding venue this week. It’s nice to slowly cross things off the list so we don’t have to worry about them anymore. This weekend, we’re meeting with two different vendors to go over their responsibilities and ask questions.
On Wednesday evening, Dan and I met up with a group of friends to have drinks and catch up. We spent more than I had hoped on beer, but luckily had a free &pizza coupon for afterwards. We also took a Lyft home that night, but got a $5 discount.
We also spent a little bit on the Airbnb this week. Now that summer is coming, we bought a dehumidifier to put down there and keep the moisture down. Luckily, Pepco offers $30 rebates if you buy an Energy Star Certified dehumidifier.
What I’m Writing
This week, I wrote about investing in yourself. Yes, it’s important to invest in your retirement, but you should also make investments in your well-being and happiness. That might look like going back to school or hiring a financial coach!
What I’m Excited About
The save the dates for my wedding went out last week! It’s real now. This weekend, we’re doing a tasting with our caterer. It’s still six months away, but it’s starting to feel like we’re making real progress.
I am officially a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF)! I was already certified through CoachDiversity Institute, but ICF is the international standard for certification. If the coaching industry ever becomes regulated, I’ll be in a good position.
What I’m Up To
I’m starting a financial advice column! I don’t know when I’ll have it up and running yet, but I’ve already answered a few questions that will be published when it’s ready. I need to pick the name and have Dan make some new branding for the column, and then I’ll be ready to go! The premise of the column will be similar to my coaching style and other writing. Helpful advice without judgment. Got questions? Email me at [email protected]!
The May Money Circle event is up! This month, we’ll be talking about how to survive wedding season on a budget. I know this is something you’ve struggled with. We’ll be in Eastern Market for the evening. See you there?
I’m teaming up with life and career coach Noelle Janka for a webinar on May 10th! I’ll be talking to attendees about how they can take control of their money and set financial goals that align with their values. If you use the code “WEBINAR”, you get 50% off the registration cost!
Money Tip to Take Into the Weekend
Be open about your financial goals. It can be easy to be pressured to spend money if your friends don’t know what your financial goals are. Instead of going along with the spending (or just saying no to plans), tell your plans why you’re cutting back and allow them to support you in your efforts. Together, you can come up with more affordable ways to spend time together. You might even find out that they’re in the same boat as you are.
That’s all from me this week. Have a great weekend!
Certified Financial Education Instructor. Feminist and financial coach for women. Founder of Money Circle.