Interviews

Talking to Millennial Homeowners Who Just Bought Their First Home

“We were surprised by how fast everything happened. We weren’t planning to buy something so quickly, but ended up finding the right house in the right location and at the right price.”

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‘People Call, We Fix Their Instruments’: An Interview With a Luthier

A luthier makes and repairs stringed instruments including violins and guitars. The word is born out of the word lute, which is a stringed instrument with ancient roots. In the 1500s, the lute gained popularity in Europe, and many cities became centers of fine instrument making, particularly in Italy.

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How a 5 Percenter in Los Angeles Does Money

“So I know that I’m in the top 5 percent of earners. I know I do well. But then when I go to my kid’s school, we’re probably closer to the bottom 10 percent as far as wealth goes. So I feel really rich sometimes, and other times I feel like: why isn’t that me?”

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Running a Business I Didn’t Want

My friend Matt became the owner of a small bus company when his dad died suddenly about 5 years ago. We spoke about what that entailed.

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How a Microbiology Lab Tech Who Enjoys Saving and Hates Spending Does Money

“I make about $50K a year as a microbiology lab tech and I feel like I’m ready for most emergencies. At the same time, I’m always panicked that I’m one exploded water heater away from ruin and I’ll never be able to recoup my investment.”

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How a Legal Secretary Who Paid Off $38,000 in Debt Does Money

Alison (not her real name) is a 27-year-old legal secretary who lives outside of Philadelphia.

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How a Canadian Expat Family in Budapest Does Money

Currently our income does match our needs, and we are able to make a bit of savings. It’s all complicated by the fact that both my husband and I are Canadian, and we are currently living in Budapest, Hungary and have been for approximately 4 years.

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The Business of Creative Careers: John Roderick, Musician

“I don’t know anyone who had a real detailed plan for making it a profession. Everyone I knew had a fantasy about being rich enough to quit our jobs, but there wasn’t any methodical way to accomplish it except to make the best recording you could and hope it revolutionized the music scene!”

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How a Person Who Recently Transitioned Careers Does Money

I quit a pretty well-paying job in marketing at the end of April, kind of on a whim. I had about a year’s worth of money saved up when I did that.

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