There Goes the Neighborhood

When your only debt is your mortgage is it normal to question selling on a daily or weekly basis? It used to be such a quiet neighborhood.  Mr. Cabbage and I are now greeted every single time we leave or arrive home – by our townhouse’s neighborhood watch made up of four large, ridiculously LOUD and obnoxious dogs who all live next door.  They awaken us every weekday and weekend morning and we used to LOVE sleeping in.  The dog’s owners leave their bags of poop in their front yard next to their stoop at times for the entire week until trash day.  It looks so classy.  The same lovely neighbors own both a piano and a drum set and some sort of speaker system that literally shakes our walls occasionally like an earthquake or a helicopter.   I know that if we did choose to sell our townhouse, that this neighbor would dissuede buyers.  Do people ask neighbors to clean up their mess and quiet their animals so we can sell and escape them?  As you might have guessed, we’re not friendly. Our community shut down our Airbnb that we were running very successfully after six months.  According to the Home Owners Association, temporary leases have to be a minimum of a month-to-month basis.  Our Airbnb was lovely and we were consecutively Superhosts AND we earned enough from it to throw a chunk at the mountain of mortgage debt.  The effort to flip the basement […]

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Separate But Equal

Mr. Cabbage and I are a duel income no kids (DINK) couple and we will NEVER EVER combine our finances. We have both been in marriages where we combined finances and the other person had different or no financial goals. I am now in a relationship where I am open about my finances and financial goals and it is wonderful […]

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Whatever Can Go Wrong…

Murphy’s law is a popular saying that states “whatever can go wrong,will go wrong.” The day after I posted the “Biggest Money Fears” blog post, Mr. Cabbage got the boot from his employer. Being in DC during the longest US government shutdown in history (34 days at time of publication) is having effects on more than the furloughed government workers. […]

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Welcome!

Hello, and thank you for stumbling upon Stilettos or Savings!  There’s a saying often quoted about life being short, so buy the shoes… but what if you didn’t?  What would that allow you to do instead?  This blog is about learning to live a life that doesn’t revolve around material things – although I too have a weakness for five-inch heels and it’s no easy task to ignore (nearly) every pretty pump that comes my way. My name is DC Beth and I am a former figure skater, sorority girl, Army soldier and stiletto aficionado.  I live in D.C. with my boyfriend Mr. Cabbage. Together we are a dual income no kids (DINK) couple working toward complete financial freedom so we can live the rest of lives anyway we choose. I was raised in Florida by a single mother who worked as an accountant.  I grew up in an apartment where on occasion Russian roulette was played with the utility bills and I knew what it was like for either the electricity, phone or water being shut off on occasion.  I watched as my mom played the shell game with her credit card balances, transferring balances from card-to-card hoping the creditors, interest rates and penalties wouldn’t catch up with her.  She tried to raise me to know better. When I went to college, I thought I was so much more mature than my peers, especially with money.  I had learned […]

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