Here’s to the beginning of something new!

Today I’m launching This site. I’m going to attempt to get myself out of debt, gain a better understanding of personal finance while doing so, and publish my findings here for everybody to read.

I wanted to have some additional accountability in my attempt to bring balance to the financial side of my life, hence the site. I also wish this to be an easier process for at least one other person in the world, so I hope that by writing here regularly I can do that.

Startup Costs

I’m trying to get out of debt, so I wanted to launch this site with as little financial impact on myself as possible. I think I was successful:

  • $8.00 – domain (via Gandi ; .us, .biz, .etc would have been $15)
  • $14.00 – slick piggybank stock photos (via iStockPhoto ; I’ve actually only used $2.80 of it so far)
  • $0.00 – Textpattern CMS
  • $0.00 – Hosting via my own server & Internet connection
  • $0.00 – < 8 hrs initial configuration (Subversion, MySQL, and Textpattern) and design/development (XHTML & CSS)

$22 is not bad at all. Of course, there will be ongoing expenses (like my Internet connection), so I’ll have minimal advertizing to try to cover it. However, I’m not looking to make this site a primary form of income.