Rounding Up: March 2017

March was probably one of the craziest months of my life. But it was so good!

First off, I got married at the beginning of the month. Then we took a week off for our honeymoon in Sonoma, which was so relaxing. This was my first real vacation in 4 years, and I forgot how nice vacations are! We were excited though to get back into a routine.


  • I have no regrets in how much I splurged with eating on the honeymoon. Wine, cheese, and chocolate were a staple of every meal, and it was heavenly! But with that, I did come back feeling pretty sluggish. I’ve been hitting the gym most mornings before work. It’s becoming more habitual and enjoyable to me, so I’d like to keep it up! I’ll admit, the first few days were ROUGH. But now I feel more energized when I get up to workout.
  • I’m also continuing on my quest to *try* to eat more vegetables, even though I hate them. My husband does all of the cooking and we’ve had fun trying to make lighter versions of our favorite foods, like pad thai, curry, arepas, etc. He is an amazing cook.
  • I’ve rediscovered my love for avocados, which you can see on my Instagram 🙂

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How We Spent $13,000 Less Than Average on Our Wedding

If you don’t follow me on my Instagram, you might not know I got married! We got married in early March and had all of our friends and family in Iowa come down to Charleston.

I talked a lot about my wedding planning woes, because 1) I’m an introvert and felt way over my head with this wedding and 2) weddings are crazy expensive, especially in Charleston. It was two aspects were I was uncomfortable, but in the end, I’m glad we spent money to have a big wedding.

In the end, we ended up spending $15,000 for a big wedding in Charleston. This might sound like a lot of money or a little depending where you’re from. All I know is I worked extremely hard to keep this wedding on the frugal side, so I’m proud we spent that much!

Here is how we did it:

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Welcome to the New Site!

Hi and welcome to the brand-spanking new! Whether you are new or you followed me on my old blog, The Latte Budget, I am so happy you stopped by.

You might be asking yourself why I went and changed my entire website. Well, there are so many reasons, but here are a few.

I started The Latte Budget right out of college in 2014. I honestly was just pretty bored and wanted to chronicle my financial journey as I learned about debt, money, and saving. I never in a million years expected anyone to find that site. While it certainly never became huge, that website received a fair amount of traffic and I actually starting making real money from it.

With that, I want to continue the growth with a slightly more mature name. Renaming my blog as Rachel Slifka allows me more ownership over the site and what topics I talk about. I don’t have to just stick to personal finance. While I will always write about things having to do with personal finance, the rebrand allows me to expand as much or as little as I want. It truly is my site.

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