My oldest child is looking at colleges and said they would like to attend school in Canada. They enjoy the weather and the politics. Unfortunately, the school has become increasingly unaffordable for international students. Tuition is $45,000+, and you should expect to spend another $20,000 in living expenses. Financial aid for Americans is nonexistent. You can use your 529… Continue reading University of Toronto Cost for Americans
One of the reasons for FIRE is a desire to have total control over your finances. But, when it comes to paying for college, your hands become tied by colleges deciding how much money you are “able to spend.” We have saved a lot of money to live the rest of our lives comfortably, but… Continue reading 2024 Financial Aid & FIRE
I should have put more effort into deciding what college I would attend. I knew my brother went to The University of Illinois and that it was an excellent school for Computer Science. I applied to some out-of-state public schools for safety but made that decision in less than an hour. I am glad I… Continue reading Liberal Arts?
I have been obsessed with tracking my finances since I moved out of my parent’s house. If you do not know how much money is coming in and how much money is going out, you are going to keep your financial situation the same. Personal finance is about understanding your purchases and not blaming yourself… Continue reading The Death of Mint
Insurance companies are private organizations designed to make as much profit as possible. This is done by collecting as much in premiums as they can while reducing the amount they are required to pay to their customers. I will be talking about auto insurance specifically, but all privatized insurance follows the same pattern. Every state, besides… Continue reading Auto Insurance is Terrible
I spend my entire life in my head. I create scenarios to entertain or prepare myself for the real world. Movies and TV shows are permanently burned in my neurons more than my interactions with people close to me. I know it sounds messed up, but it is reasonable. You can’t easily access memories of… Continue reading I Love GIFs
Universities are no longer necessary for most careers. I also don’t think we should discriminate, so I understand my desires do not match reality. I worked in software engineering for most of my career. My Computer Science and Math degree from The University of Illinois created this opportunity for me, but was it needed? I… Continue reading What is the Deal With College?
I received a 6-month AMC A-List subscription for my birthday in April. I dominated the first four months. I see an average of 8 movies a month. However, once August rolled in, exciting films and robust showtimes disappeared. I only saw one movie in August. TMNT: Mutant Mayhem in 3D with my whole family. In September,… Continue reading A-List Going Out With A Whimper
The Cubs missed the playoffs after going 7-13 in their last twenty games of the year. Red Bull and Max Verstappen clinched a double championship before F1 even made it to the United States. Illinois football is 1-3 in conference play. The Chicago Bears are the only thing left to cheer for the rest of the year. Not because they’re… Continue reading NFL Tankathon 2024
I despise online baking recipes. I don’t want to read your life story to get a list of items to put in a slow cooker. So here’s my life story with a recipe hidden for you. My mom was not an exceptional cook. My memories of her meals are mainly of wishing she ruined something… Continue reading Chocolate Chip Cookies and Me