It’s Per$onal #136 – Age 33, Portland, OR

It’s Per$onal is an anonymous blog series designed to shed light on the intricate details of the personal finances and lifestyles of women.

How old are you?



Where do you live? City and State (or Country if outside the U.S.)

Portland, OR


Do you like where you currently live? Why or why not?

It’s ok. Pro is I have good friends here and it’s relatively affordable. Con is it’s not easy to travel from. Hopefully I’ll move back east in the next couple of years.


What is your highest level of education?



Are you single / in a relationship / married?



If you are in a relationship / married, do you and your partner have joint or separate finances?


Do you have any children / dependents?



Do you have any pets?

No…I probably cave and get a dog soon


Do you find it easy or hard to make friends?

I’ve been lucky enough to click with people I work with and make friends that way. Also one of my life long friends lives here which has made it easier to build community.


Do you have any hobbies? Please explain.

love to travel, try out new restaurants, wine tasting and baking pies


Has Covid-19 impacted you financially in any way?

Initially actually decreased my salary as my employer was losing money…stabilized and actually increased since then. Also been able to save by investing all the money I would have paid to student loans with the deferment!


About how much do you spend on groceries each week?



What is your total monthly rent / mortgage for your household?



What is your current occupation? If not currently employed, please say “Not Employed”



If you are currently employed, do you like your job? Why or why not?

Overall yes, the pros outweigh the cons of my current job.


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What is your yearly salary (or approximate yearly compensation) for your current occupation?



Do you have a second job or side hustle? If Yes, please explain.



If you have a second job or side hustle, about how much money do you make monthly from your second job / side hustle?



Have you ever been promoted at work? Please elaborate if so.



Have you ever negotiated your salary?



Are you debt-free?



If you are debt free, how much debt have you paid off and how long did it take you to pay it all off?



If you do have debt, what kinds of debt (i.e. credit cards, student loans, car) and how much debt do you have?

Student- 208000, car- 1300


Are you currently investing for retirement?



If yes, about how much do you have invested for retirement?



What’s been your favorite purchase of 2022 so far?

My trips! 4 international trips including a magical trip to the Faroe Islands


What’s one piece of advice you’d give to your younger self? (Doesn’t have to be money-related)

Give yourself grace and stop comparing. You’ll get there when you get there.


What are your money goals, if any?

To be debt free, be brave enough to invest more of my cash savings and likely buy property


What is your #1 financial concern right now?

Pay off my loans


What financial victory/success are you most proud of?

Hit 100k net worth despite >200k in loans!


What makes you imperfect?

If it makes me happy, I don’t feel guilty about spending money. Life is short and I work hard enough to enjoy the experiences so I have no regrets about that last minute purchase or flight.


It’s Per$onal is an anonymous blog series designed to shed light on the intricate details of the personal finances and lifestyles of women.

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A few years after graduating college, Taylor made it her mission to become debt free. After paying off all $60k of debt, she began to blog about what she's really passionate about: personal development. Nowadays, Taylor blogs about the topics of Mindset, Money, Health, and Career for women.