Northern Expenditure’s 100th Post!

We’ve made it. 100 episodes. That’s over four seasons if we were a standard American sitcom! And that means… it’s time for a clip show! That’s right. Here’s where we would put together a moving and hilarious series of vignettes of us laughing together and crying together. Unfortunately, in blog form, this is the best I can do to capture our collective experience:

The Numbers

  • 100 posts published
  • 84,241 words published
  • $0 – money earned on the blog*
  • $11,330 – Amount we’ve paid down our mortgage since the beginning of the blog
  • $6,830 – Amount our investments have increased since starting the blog (thanks market corrections!).
  • $18,130 – Total amount closer to our goal than we were 99 posts ago!

Longest 3 Posts (each just over 1500 words):

Best Posts to Get to Know the Banks Family: 

Most Popular Posts:

Some of My Favorite Posts:

The Only Post Where Mr. T Chimed In:

All the Plan Updates in One Place! See How Far We’ve Come!

This blog has been a journey. I don’t know what I expected when I began, but it’s definitely not this. We’ve made some amazing blogger friends (shout-out to Our Next Life and Alyssa at Generation YRA for being our top blog commenters!). We’ve realized how much we’re capable of financially, and we’re excited to see where we go from here. Northern Expenditure isn’t the best blog on the web. I can point you to several personal finance blogs that are more entertaining, more intellectual, better written, and more inspiring. But this is our little corner and I’ve grown to love it. This is us, in blog form. Our journey will continue and I’m glad to have you along for the ride. Thanks.**

What do you love about our corner of the internet? Which posts have been your favorites? What would you like to hear more about?

*There have been a couple Amazon purchases through my affiliate button on the side, but not enough to cash out). Making money was not a focus of this blog and will probably continue to not be a focus though I will continue to place affiliate links because I have no opposition to earning money. 🙂

**Anyone crying yet? No? I guess the lack of emotionally manipulative music really cramped this clip show (also, do you remember when music playing on blogs was a thing? terrible idea). 


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  1. Congratulations on a hundred! 🙂

  2. Congrats on the milestone! I enjoy reading the different POVs and the journey everyone is on. It’s great to take bits and pieces here and there to help make our journey better. Looking forward to the next 100!

  3. Congrats on 100! That’s a milestone for sure. Next up $100 earned from the blog!!! Thank you for continuing to share your perspective and great content in general!

  4. Congrats, guys! I can’t believe you’ve posted 100 times! I’m so glad to be friends — and I know it’s “just” virtual friends, but I say it’s still real. 🙂
    Also I am going to check out this salmon recipe right now.

    • MaggieBanks

      Of course we’re friends! And if you’re making salmon, that’s definitely the way to go… that’s what we eat weekly (in fact, it’s on the menu for tonight!)

  5. A big number – congratulations! One of the best parts of having a blog is reading folks’ comments and getting to know other folks who are on a similar journey. You’ve made a lot of progress toward FIRE in a year! Looking forward to the next 100!

  6. OMG — Blog music! And they were always those terrible MIDIs, usually pasted on top of horrible blog wallpaper. Ha!

    Congrats, Maggie! 😉 You have definitely created one of my favorite corners of the internet here, and I’m always excited to read your posts. The behavioral research you tie in is super fascinating, but I also just love your voice that comes through loud and clear. (BTW — I’m a little shocked that I’m a top commenter, since I am perennially behind on blog comments, but I guess that doesn’t count whether I commented on time or quite late.) 🙂

    We’re in the negative blog income camp, too (I haven’t even done affiliate links — no good reason why not). But still so worth it because of great friends like you!

    • MaggieBanks

      Maybe I should add music and wallpaper now that you mention it! 🙂 Blog comments are always welcome even super late. I’m not good about going back and commenting if I’ve missed a post.

  7. What a great milestone! Congratulations! You write very thoughtful, authentic posts, so it’s always nice to see what’s up with you guys.

  8. 100 posts…! way to go.
    Also a good summary for me to catch up with some interesting posts.

    • MaggieBanks

      Thanks! Enjoy! Let me know what speaks to you. It’s different for everyone. 🙂

      • At this moment in time, most of my blind spot is how to,teach my kids about money and the power of compounding.

        • MaggieBanks

          That’s tricky, but the first lesson they need to learn is that they are capable of buying something expensive and awesome by simply saving small amounts for a period of time. A $70 camera seemed out of reach for my 7-year-old, but earning $7/week for ten weeks seemed totally doable.

  9. seattlegirluw

    Congrats! I’m always shocked when I realize how many posts I’ve done. I wish I’d thought to do a highlight reel like this!

    It sounds like it’s been an eventful journey. In a good sense, which is important to emphasize.

    • MaggieBanks

      It’s been great so far. And you should totally do a highlight reel. It was fun and cathartic to go back through them all and see which ones I was most of, etc.

  10. Congrats! I enjoy getting “another blast of awesomeness from Alaska” to read every week!

    That’s an excellent milestone for sure, way to go! I feel like I’ve made a lot of friends through the blog too. It’s a cool side effect indeed. 🙂

  11. Congratulations! Way to go with all of your success!

  12. Happy to have so many awesome posts to read. Congrats and keep up the good work!

    • MaggieBanks

      Thanks, as always, Harmony. You were one of my earliest readers and supporters.

  13. Congrats Maggie, I’m a new reader and love reading your posts. Imagine how many other people you have inspired across the world to pay down debt and strive to FI while keeping it real. I’m one at least!

    • MaggieBanks

      Aww thanks. If just one other person is on this journey with me, I’m in! 🙂

  14. That is just incredible. Thanks for being you. I hope to be able to share in your experience for the next 100 posts. Keep the fingers a ticking.

    • MaggieBanks

      Ha ha ha – Thanks! If I don’t get carpal tunnel, I’ll keep tickin’ away! 🙂

  15. Congratulations! And amazing progress on you rmortgage–wow! Here’s to 100 more. Glad to be following along on your journey. 🙂

    • MaggieBanks

      Thanks Claudia. Month to month it doesn’t feel like we’re making a whole lot of progress, but when we look at it in totals of how far we’ve come, it feels pretty good.

  16. Kim from Philadelphia

    Congrats, Maggie! So glad I found your little corner of the world.
    I enjoy hearing your progress through your fun and intelligent writing.

    BTW, so glad you were fine post earthquake! I immediately thought about your family, eventually saw your post, but failed to comment.

  17. Congratulations Maggie. I remember when you started the blog and it feels like yesterday. I can’t believe you’ve already managed 100 posts!
    Anyway, that’s definitely a huge accomplishment!

    • MaggieBanks

      Thanks Nick! Congrats to you as well! The best part has been connecting with all sorts of awesome people all over (you included!).

  18. I can’t believe I haven’t commented here yet!!! (I’m still working on balancing my new gig & the blog – it’s been a much different change of pace). Congratulations, Maggie & to the whole Banks family!! I’ve never thought of blog posts being like a sitcom series, but that is absolutely perfect. Your numbers progress is incredible, and just think where you will be in another 100 blog posts/clips! 🙂

    • MaggieBanks

      Thanks lady! I’m pretty excited to keep seeing progress. I want to hear all about your new gig. Are you loving it?

      • I am loving it so much!! I hopped into the world of tech & I’m working for a company that promotes such an awesome culture in the workplace. I’m also working with a product that helps small businesses, academia, government, and more which is so amazing. It’s just a lot to learn so my balance has been a bit off between working, blogging & still relaxing, too!

        • MaggieBanks

          That’s so excellent! I wish I could help you figure out the balance thing, but I’m running around over here thinking “what am I supposed to be doing?!” – I don’t think I’ve mastered balance at all!

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