The Cost Of An American Girl Doll Experience

I whispered to my husband, “Are we insane? A $115 doll? Shouldn’t she be behind glass? What if her hair gets matted?”

Teenage Dreams, Financial Independence and Abercrombie & Fitch

I was introduced to Abercrombie in 2001, during the second semester of my sophomore year. My new best friend Sarah had just moved from Colorado to our sleepy California beach town in Orange County. Having also moved just a year and a half prior, I felt a kindred connection with another outsider. We bonded instantly and, like other 15-year-old best friends, we spent all our time at each other’s houses, and in each other’s closets.

The Cost Of Things: Putting A Ring On It, Man-Style

Whereas women get to — and, sometimes, are expected to — wear all sorts of jewelry, wedding rings are one of the few ornaments men often feel comfortable wearing. Luckily, the options for men’s rings have broadened well beyond “14K gold band bought in haste from the corner store.”

A Canadian Visits a Gift Shop in Our Nation’s Capital

To be fair, we are equally confused.

The 90s — And Blockbuster — Are Alive And Well In Mexico

Do you miss Blockbuster? Feel wistful for Woolworths? There’s a hack for that: try going south of the border.

Prime Time

So today is Prime Day—a day Amazon devised to be the summer version of Black Friday in November. We’ve always avoided all the “deals” coverage surrounding these things because of their blatant hyper-consumeristic nature, but I was still curious so I took a peek.

The Want Me Back

The lure of discounts from marketing emails.

Hustling Over Budgeting

Being scrappy is my jam. I don’t call myself frugal because that to me entails sacrifice and I don’t adhere to the mantra of the miser, nor would I call myself a “shopaholic” because that entails frivolity and a lack of control.

When Buying in Bulk Results in Waste

Holthaus argues that the easiest way to help cut down on waste is to avoid buying so many perishable items in bulk by buying fewer items and shopping more frequently.

So You Want To Buy A Confederate Flag

Where will bigots, historians, “Dukes of Hazzard” fans, re-enactors, and people who want to celebrate National Burn A Confederate Flag Day turn?

Toxic Shock Syndrome: Available Wherever Tampons Are Sold

Lauren Wasser, a young model and basketball player, lost a leg to the ramifications of TSS, and her enraged mother is now throwing lawsuits in all directions.

Spotting the ‘Pink Tax’ Out in the Wild

All it takes to charge more money is a little sexist marketing.

Tact Vs Transparency When It Comes To Money In Relationships

“I just paid in cash for a thing and the lady told me that women do this all the time — they pay cash, or half in cash, so that their husbands/partners don’t see the full amount.”

How to Get Free Money And Still Be Broke

Few things will remind you of your station in life more quickly than a $100 gift card for a store where things begin at $300.

Doing Shopping Wrong, Summer Shoes Edition

The bottom six inches of a person, my high school friends and I once agreed, will tell you everything you need to know. As a young teenager, the bottom six inches of me were all wrong.