The Everyday Dollar Diaries Reveal the High Cost of Living

As you read these Everyday Dollar Diaries, it becomes obvious just how much it costs to keep living: eating, keeping yourself clean, getting from one place to another.

Estimating My Summer Costs

It’s time to figure out exactly what my summer is going to cost.

What Do We Want to Spend More Money on in 2015?

We are what we repeatedly buy, right? (That’s totally what Aristotle said. Everyone else translated the Greek incorrectly.) So what do we want to spend more money on this year? How do we actually want to use our hard-earned dollars?

The Cost of Fostering Kittens

When I moved to Brooklyn and starting working in publishing, everyone warned me that adopting a cat was inevitable, but I shrugged them off (didn’t they know I was a dog person?). But the truth was, my salary could barely sustain me and my book-buying habits, much less another living being, cat or dog.

Then I discovered the ASPCA’s foster pet program, which seemed too good to be true.

The Cost of One Resolution, Halfway Through the Year

I made the mistake of revisiting my New Year “action Items” the other day. Since we’re almost halfway through the year, I thought it was a good idea to check my progress on the goals I had made for 2014. Nestled in between “lose all the weight I gained from emotionally eating my way through a job that made me cry every day before work” and “floss every day” was this: Have one friend, couple, or group of friends over for dinner once a month.

The Cost of a Solo Trip to Montreal

I chose Montreal because I could get there by train: the trip is scenic in its own right, winding up through the Hudson Valley and traveling parallel to Lake Champlain.

Money I’ve Really Wanted to Spend on Fandom But Didn’t

I love reading and watching books, TV shows, and movies, and engaging in the fandom thereof. “Fandom” being all the nerdy, excited parts connected to a thing you love: the watching and re-watching, the detailed analysis, the talk of Hogwarts Houses and Reichenbach Fall theories, and the swag. Oh, the swag. The excitement of a new TV season or movie in a franchise becomes tangible with a fandom purchase. Fandom is exciting and weird, and like your decisions paying for vacation, housing, and food, very personal. Part of being in fandom as a grown-up is no longer having to justify your fandom purchases to anyone. Instead, it’s a question of moderation, because there’s just so much you can spend your hard-earned cash on. Take for instance…

Martha Stewart’s Daily Beauty Regimen

There is slathering, and then there is SLATHERING. The internet / the universe / humanity received a beautiful gift yesterday via the New York Times, and it came in the form of Martha Stewart sharing a painstaking list of every single product she puts on her face and body.

Saying No Is Half the Battle

I would have no money at the end of the month to pay my bills if I said yes to everything I’m invited to do. Saying no half of the time and deciding what is or isn’t worth doing helps keep my spending in check. Here, I provide three examples.

How Are You Spending Thanksgiving, And What Will You Spend?

We rounded up a bunch of our pals from around the Internet and asked them how they’re spending their Thanksgivings.

My Last Hundred Bucks: Football, Heat Stroke, and Crying in Public

How’d you spend your last $100, Spenser?

Money I Spent and Lost During the Government Shutdown

As a federal contractor, I have been unable to work since the government shutdown began on Oct. 1. Here is a log of my expenditures since then.

What Kate Bingaman-Burt Buys

Today I came across artist Kate Bingaman-Burt’s site, which chronicles some of the thing she buys, as well as a period of time when she was drawing all of her credit card statements.

Hair Still Expensive

$0. I went to this hair school to get my hair dyed for free because that is a thing they do. I was excited! But then they said I couldn’t because my hair was too grey to work for this particular free coloring of hair opportunity. This made me feel bad about myself.

The Beer And Hotdogs Weren’t Free, But It Felt Like It

There is a baseball team in Madison, Wisconsin called the Mallards, a collegiate summer league team that plays in a ballpark affectionately known as the “Duck Pond.”