Welcome to Wicked Broke!
My name is Ella.
Okay, here it goes… I am starting a blog. Or at least I am going to try. I don’t plan on it being a travel, fashion, or food blog. Honestly, because I cannot afford to have it be one of those. I am a twenty-something woman living in Nashville, TN and I am BROKE! However, I can afford to live in a 1 bedroom apartment, drive a decent car, and pay for food and gas. There is not much room for anything outside of that. I am sure some might be thinking, what the heck kind of blog is this going to be then? Well, a lot of it is going to be how I manage my money and how I can afford to live comfortably on not much money. I’ll be honest, it’s hard. I have to stick to an extremely tight budget, but it is do-able.
So, a little about myself. I moved to Nashville from Portland, ME in October 2017. The plan wasn’t even to move to Nashville, I was only planning on visiting my dad who lives here on my way to Los Angeles. Why did I stay in Nashville? Money. It is SO expensive to live in Los Angeles. I know, shocker. I knew this when I was planning the move, but something about Nashville felt like I should stay, even if only for a year. I had saved a lot of money while I was still living in Portland and I figured that by living in Nashville (which is cheaper to live in than Portland) I could save up even more. What I did not plan on was how easily I could go through my savings. I kept saying to myself “Well, if I spend this now, I won’t spend anything for awhile to make up for it.” Except, I was spending more than I was taking in. Before I knew it, I had depleted by savings by 93%. 93%! I knew I needed to make a change, mostly because if I kept spending that way, I would be in deep debt (wasn’t going to say debt).
Throughout this blog, there will be no real numbers of my finances, but there will be exact ratios, because you know, why would I want people to know how much money I do or do not have. There will be A LOT of numbers though. In addition to showing how to live next to nothing, I will include here and there how to “Treat Yo Self”, because I definitely believe in treating yourself within reason. There might also be some TMI moments because that’s just the kind of person I am, just a bit too much.
K, hope you enjoy.