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January 2020 in Review: Money + Life

The money part:  Whew. This one was a spendy month. I’m still trying to get a hang of living on one income, and because we have a decent cushion, I’m less inclined to really adjust our spending to what it should be. Lifestyle inflation is real, y’all.  I’m...

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Financial independence and thriving on one income

If you told me 3 years ago that we would be happy living off of one income, I woulda told you duh. But if you told me it would be *my income* I honestly would have panicked.  Let’s get this out of the way: our lifestyle is lavish and our expenses are high. We’re...

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2020 Goals and Looking Ahead

If I’m being perfectly honest, I’m amazed I even managed to write monthly on here. It was so easy and the time flew by so quick I can hardly believe I started in August and spent time thinking about writing every single month! I’m not even a writer, but it’s...

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December 2019 in Review: Money + Life

The money part:  A reminder to myself of why I’m doing a month in review post:  Stay accountable. It is soOOOooOOOoo easy for me to be semi ok with my spending knowing there’s at least a couple thousand in my checking account, but I know I’m currently...

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November 2019 in Review: Money + Life

The money part:  A reminder to myself of why I’m doing a month in review post:  Stay accountable. It is soOOOooOOOoo easy for me to be semi ok with my spending knowing there’s at least a couple thousand in my checking account, but I know I’m currently...

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October 2019 in Review: Money + Life

The money part:  A reminder to myself of why I’m doing a month in review post:  Stay accountable. It is soOOOooOOOoo easy for me to be semi ok with my spending knowing there’s at least a couple thousand in my checking account, but I know I’m currently...

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Money hack: how to sell shalwar kameez on eBay

Let me preface this by saying this post is entirely about detailed intricacies of Pakistani clothing, feel free to skip!  We all have them in our closets. Forgotten, suppressed, stuffed in the dark corners, sometimes in a suitcase under the bed, or worse, a bag in a...

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September 2019 in Review: Money + Life

The money part:  A reminder to myself of why I’m doing a month in review post:  Stay accountable. It is soOOOooOOOoo easy for me to be semi ok with my spending knowing there’s at least a couple thousand in my checking account, but I know I’m currently bleeding...

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The beginning: My moneh journey so far

I’ve found it’s helpful for me to have a quick background of relevant moving pieces when people talk about their successes (or failures!). Paid off 100,000 in two years or retired at 33? I want to know where you LIVE what you STUDIED just the FREAKIN HOW ON EARTH of...

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Personal (Money) Manifesto

Before I start posting my monthly net worth updates (yes, you’re about to get very detailed info about my income and spending habits and lack of actual money every single month), I wanted to document a few beliefs/ideals/non-negotiables around money that I have. This...

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Salaam, I’m H, the almost thirty something living in the DMV writing about personal finance for muslims.

Ugh, sounds like a snoozefest. Let me back up: I’m writing about the pursuit of financial independence (aka not working for money) in a high cost of living area makin’ not-an-engineer-or-doctor salary.

If you’ve ever thought about what the hell you should be doing with your money (you know, the few bucks left at the end of the month) in a legit (aka halal) way, join me 🙂

Current Net Worth

$21,044.33

As of December 2019. Down from $22,229.01 last month.