Welcome! Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the web.
A little bit about me. I’m your pretty typical millennial for the most part. 29 years old. By day, I work as an attorney.
I’m engaged to Ms. FP, a 30-year old dentist who is currently completing a residency.
We also have a small dog – we’ll call her Financial Pup – who does her own thing to help us pay the bills.
I started this blog as a personal project to share a little bit about what I’ve learned about money and side hustling over the years, as well as to document our journey towards financial independence.
Some of the topics on this blog include:
- Personal Finance
- Paying Off Debt
- Journeying Toward Financial Independence
- Merging Finances With Your Significant Other
- Side Hustling Using The Sharing Economy
- Finding And Selling Sweet, Sweet Trash
So how did I get to where I am now?
Like almost all newly minted lawyers, I graduated from law school with tons of student loan debt and very little knowledge about how to handle the new income from my first real job. To my credit, I did do one thing right:
After graduating in May 2013 with 87k of student loans in my name, I had one goal – to pay that debt off as fast as I could. I started my first attorney job at the end of 2013 and began seriously repaying my student loans in January 2014. I made my final student loan payment in June 2016.
At the beginning of 2015, I started trying to figure out what I was doing with my 401k and stumbled upon the personal finance community and the many personal finance podcasts out there. I was hooked!
During this time, I also stumbled upon the world of side hustling through the sharing economy and I started doing tons of stuff I never thought I could do to generate a bit of side income. I started up a small dog sitting business using DogVacay and Rover, hosted travelers using Airbnb, delivered food for hungry people using Postmates and Caviar, and sold furniture and other items I found using eBay, Craigslist and OfferUp.
Now I’m free of student loan debt (for myself at least) and hope to share my experience to teach, inspire, or whatever else this blog can do for you. As a typical high earning power couple (at least at some point in the future), I hope this blog can be a particularly helpful resource for future or current lawyers, doctors, dentists, or anyone else with a solid income, too much debt, and not enough knowledge about what to do with it.
So what is a Financial Panther?
The name Financial Panther comes from an episode of the Simpsons, where Homer mishears the words “financial planner” for the words “financial panther.” I’ve always chuckled at this joke. You can see a clip from that episode here.
There isn’t really a real definition for the term. Urban Dictionary defines a Financial Panther as:
A large jungle cat that can be trained to maul a person’s creditors and bill-collectors if that person is short on money.
So I guess a Financial Panther is someone who can maul their creditors and bill-collectors. I think that’s not so bad of a definition. It’s my hope that through this blog, you can learn a little something and become your own financial panther. Take control of your money.
Become a Financial Panther!
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