Food

The Best Restaurants In America Are Not That Expensive

At least according to Yelp, the best food in America is, generally, Food You Can Afford. And a lot of it can be found on or near the west coast.

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Brown Bagging It

During a financially precarious time in my life, I not only ate the same kind of sandwich at my temp job every day, I kept a loaf of sliced bread and a package of cheese in the office kitchen so that I would never have a reason—or excuse—to visit the office cafeteria.

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First They Came For The Girl Scouts

Why should anything as light and delicious as one box of Thin Mints cost $12 to send through the mails? Are we buying it its own pony?

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Highlights From A Year of Emotional Spending

Because sometimes the universe is beautiful, near the end of 2014 I found a networking event that combined my love of too much alcohol and my love of pitching billion-dollar business ideas.

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Is “Dry January” Worth The Savings

What would you save by trying the Dry January thing? Would it be worth it?

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Demystifying Dinner: How The Restaurant Industry Makes Money (Off Us)

The first and last item in a category on the menu sell the best.

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Get a Free Doritos Locos Taco With Taco Bell’s Mobile App

Taco Bell is going to give me my next Doritos Locos Taco for free. And yours, too.

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How Writing This Column Helped Make Me Rethink My Grocery Spending

A couple of weeks ago, I opened a letter from my mom to find a $10 Trader Joe’s gift card nestled inside. I was touched, grateful, and excited about the possibilities—the same way I would have reacted to an Anthropologie or Sephora gift card in the past. In my mom’s note, she wrote, “Buy something decadent.” I’d been good-naturedly complaining about the amount of oatmeal I’d been eating.

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Meet America’s Most Worthless Human Being

You must, must, must read the back-and-forth between the pompous, aggrieved Edelman and the polite small business owner.

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A Whole Foods Grows In Detroit

Not everyone has the luxury about worrying about the comfort of chickens.

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