How To: Barter! Featuring Chickens

Live Like Marie Antoinette on a Marie Callender Budget

I have a Marie Antoinette appetite for decadence, but my wallet can’t keep up. And so, from babysitting days to college days to first-big-girl job days, my budget has learned to adapt in small ways, to make room for small luxuries. So I can eat my cake and have it, too.

Survey Says: The Type of College You Go To Doesn’t Matter

I do love when a Gallup poll confirms my assumptions! When it comes to how engaged you are at work, and whether or not you’re “thriving in all areas of our well-being”, the type of college you went to — public or private, big or small, competitive or not — doesn’t matter nearly as much as the type of experience you had there. And what type of experience is that? you might ask.

Cities That Are Not New York: Tucson, Ariz.

What’s ENTAILED In Making a Will? (Get it? “Entailed”?)

Here’s A Surefire Tax Estimating Process for Freelancers (Rebooted and Updated)

A year and a half ago, I wrote about my surefire tax estimation system for freelancers for the Billfold, in the hopes that a system that has worked for me would help the many Billfold readers who live partly or entirely on freelance income avoid quarterly or annual financial panic when it came to dealing with their taxes. “This system is incredibly useful!” some said. “This system is insanely complex, how can you expect anyone to actually do this,” said many others. “Please help me,” said an unsettling number of emails I’ve received.

How to Negotiate That Job Offer

By my count, in the last five years, I have negotiated around three dozen job offers.

When It Comes to Your 401(k), Don’t Just ‘Set It and Forget It’

A few years ago, my 401(k) started to exhibit strange behavior. I check my statement about once a week, and at the time, I noticed that my balance was dipping and rising, and I had no idea why.

Calling All Literary Agents, Via Your Blog

Miles Klee took to his Tumblr today to announce that he’s looking for a new literary agent:

“Representation for literary fiction is not typically secured through one’s blog, and I’ll be sending official query letters to several agencies that have expressed interest in my work; nevertheless, I feel it couldn’t hurt to have this pitch out there, on the open market, in case it strikes someone else’s fancy.”

What To Do When The Floor Caves In

Rebecca and Nate replace some floorboards.

The Luxury of Dental Insurance

Some Dudes in Washington Didn’t Get What They Want So You Can’t Leave Your Violent Husband, Sorry

How to Say No (Just Do It)

A DIY Linen Closet For the Non-DIY Person

We haven’t contractually promised ourselves to each other in sickness and in health, sure, but we have financially committed to spend every weekend together working on home improvement projects until our backs give out. First on our DIY agenda: A linen closet.

Have a Bike, Lock a Bike; Need a Bike, Steal a Bike