Welcome to The Happy Homeowner!
Started in 2010 by its former owner, Jen, this site was born out of her desire to be accountable with her finances. A few hosting migrations, updated designs, and over 1,000 posts later, we’re excited to be the new kids on this blog’s block.
During the site’s ownership change, there were a lot of decisions made (in writing of course!) about how to move forward to a bigger, better HH 3.0. At the end of the day, everyone involved decided it was best to keep all of the original content in Jen’s voice because, after all, without her at the reigns for those first 3.5 years, this site wouldn’t have become the viable source of inspiration and information that it’s become.
We have some existing content we’re sprucing up, some not-yet-published posts that Jen left behind, and a host of new ideas that will be coming through the pipeline in the coming months.
We’re excited to be taking on this new endeavor, and we look forward to sharing the experience with all of you!
~The Happy Homeowner Team
PS–Email us at TheHappyHomeownerTeam@gmail.com for more all press, content, and advertising opportunities.
While ownership of this blog has changed, this part of the page will remain dedicated to the site’s original owner, Jen. In her words:
Hello, My name is Jen and I’m a reformed spendaholic….
I’m also a(n):
- Out of the box thinker
- DIY enthusiast
- Lover of nature
- Mac & cheese connoisseur
- Curbside Diva
- Ultra marathoner (One 50-miler and 38 regular marathons so far)
- Adventure seeker
- Bargain hunter
- Funny noise maker
- World traveler (32 countries and counting!)
- Rose smeller
- Day dreamer
Who is the Happy Homeowner?
My journey to home ownership began quite some time ago. Rewind 10 years and you’d find a broke, naive college graduate struggling to figure out the “real” world, student loan repayment, and a mountain of consumer debt ($14,000 to be exact).
While it has always been my goal to be a fiscally responsible, home-owning citizen, I found myself off track and quite discouraged. Who was I? Who did I want to be? How should I live my life?
In 2010, I bought my first property and crossed an item off my bucket list: To own my first place before the age of 30. Fast-forward three years, and I sold the property for $30K over asking thanks to my DIY rehabs (it was a foreclosure) and some luck with the Boston real estate market.
I’ve just purchased my next property, a single-family home, and I look forward to sharing my DIY adventures in this second foray into the world of homeownership!
What is this blog all about?
Born out of a desire to hold myself accountable with my finances, I began The Happy Homeowner as a way to chronicle my struggles and triumphs with money.
What once began as a hobby has now grown into a network of support and inspiration from amazing, kick-ass bloggers and (I hope) a wealth of inspiration for those who may be struggling with their own financial issues.
Although I’m based in the United States, I write for a global audience.
While my blog had its original roots in all things personal finance, I decided to branch out in an effort to inspire others in a broader way. Now, you’ll find more information about my passions, interests, and random musings including DIY projects (that won’t bust your wallet or leave you in tears–ain’t nobody a fan of Pinterest Fails), fitness, and various creative pursuits.
Above all, my mission is to inspire other to live a happy, healthy, balanced lifestyle that’s also financially sound.
I want to know more!
In that case, check out the following:
- How a Trip Around the World Changed My Views on Life and Money
- How I paid off over $14,000 in credit card debt in less than a year
- Confessions of a PF Blogger–My financial history, story by story
- My tips & tricks for managing multiple jobs
- How I Scored a Masters degree from Harvard for less than 500 bucks
- My Life List
- Frugality Gone Wrong: The True Cost of Owning a BMW
- Looking Good Costs Money….Or Does It?
- I Made $10K During my First Full Month as a Freelancer
- Personal Finance 101: Setting Financial Goals
- What Running 26.2 Miles Can Teach You About Personal Finance
- I Sold My Condo for $30K over the Asking Price
- How I Saved My Down Payment Fund