What I’ve Saved By Cutting My Own Hair

I haven’t paid for a haircut in 15 years. I started cutting my own hair when I graduated high school and haven’t looked back since.

Tallying Up My New Savings Plan: July Edition

It looks like I was bad at math this month. More accurately, I was probably bad at typing. It looks like there was a data entry error that I missed, because Taxes ended up with $100 more than Debt.

Tallying Up My New Savings Plan: June Edition

After two months of siphoning off 50 percent of my income into these sub-savings accounts, I now have $948.88 in savings. That feels, to quote Fun Home, like “seven million billion thousand.”

Are You a HENRY?

“Henry” describes a particular type of adult who has enough money to buy mid-range luxury goods and yet obstinately chooses not to buy them.

Tallying Up My New Savings Plan: May Edition

Every Friday, I tally up all of the freelance payments I’ve received that week and put 20 percent towards taxes, 20 percent towards debt, and 10 percent into regular savings.

First of May, First of May, Brand-New Budget Starts Today

My ‘Real Life’ May Be On Hold, But My Financial Goals Aren’t

For the past few years, I’ve been living what I fondly describe as a “temp-to-perm” life in New York City. Since moving to the U.S. from the U.K. in 2010, I’ve spent five years with one foot in each country. Even my visa can’t make up its mind—if you scroll through all the legal paperwork, you will find the phrase “dual intent.” While temporary visitors can be turned away at the border for divulging the slightest hint that they might want to make the land of the free their permanent home, my particular class of (non)immigrant has been given the federal thumbs up to spend months and even years testing the water before committing to a green card application and a lifetime of being mocked for the way we pronounce “tomato.”

Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: April 2015 Check-in

It’s time to check in on our debt payments and savings goals again.

How Do You Know When to Stop Spending?

How do you know when to stop spending? What prevents you from buying everything you want as soon as you see it?