travel


Blog and Income Stats: August 2016 4

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! Where’d the summer go!?! Time is moving crazy quickly and I’ve missed a few posts last month.  Let’s see if I can do better in September. Let’s get to the numbers! Readership: 1,176 (+403) wow.  I am overwhelmed!  Thank you! Blog Income: $120 Fitness Income (Zumba and […]

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Travel The World Without Getting Into Credit Card Debt 4

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! So I know a little something about travel. I actually got a late start. I didn’t leave the country till 6 years ago at the age of 32.  And I was immediately addicted. I’ve traveled to: Mexico (twice), Barbados (twice), Belize, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Dubai, […]


Friday Five: Travel Insurance (2 Years Later)

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! Check out this blast from the past in April of 2014. I’m having a great time while on vacation. I also had a not so great time (we’ll call it an ungreat time). Crazy things CAN happen while on vacation (My friend fell out of the golf […]

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Veterans’ Day Reading 2

  Hello Sophisticated Spenders! I’d like to wish a Happy Veterans’ Day to all of the people who serve in the military. I visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial last week in Hawaii. Click here to view my scopes on Katch! (To find out what Katch means, read my post Follow […]


August 2015 Numbers and September Goals

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! August was CLEARLY my month!  Maybe that’s because I was born in August. Let’s jump right into the numbers. Readership: 788 views (242 MORE than July) Blog: $0  (no effort, no income) Fitness (Zumba and Insanity Instructor): $417.70 (I took a whole week off) eBay: $0 (again, […]


Unsolicited Advice from a 37 Year Old (in Italy) 6

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! Greetings from Italy! Today is my birthday and is also my last day in Italy. I’m be catching the train from Milan back to Venice then flying home to DC. Italy has been a journey of self discovery and I hope to return to America a better […]


Hello Italy!

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! I’m in Italy!  The trip was off to a very rocky start. But things are much better! Here are a few pictures!


My Crazy Schedule and How I Prepared For It

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! Check out my crazy schedule this week! In addition to my full time engineering job, flag football practice and blogging, I will teach 7 classes before heading off to Italy! How I Prepared for the week: Trader Joe’s! I know I will not have the time to […]


World’s Fastest Commute

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! Last year I downsized! In addition to cutting the cable, I cut something else: My commute time! I now live right around the corner from my job (The US Patent & Trademark Office). Yesterday’s commute was quite an adventure. We had lots of snow in the Washington […]


My Week of Jetlag!

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! My trip to Dubai was awesome! Thanks for all of the well wishes for my safe return home. It meant a lot to me (and it worked)! I am still in the process of catching up with everything. Yesterday I taught my first class in 10 days. […]