The Cost of Things

When Smartphone Insurance Isn’t Worth It

Despite being a frugal person who seeks out items that are built to last, and reads pages of reviews of products to make sure I don’t buy something shoddy, in this particular case my frugality didn’t translate to reading the fine print.

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The Cost of an Ugly Christmas Sweater

It’s the time of year when everyone puts on the ugliest sweater they can find.

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The Cost of Long-distance Friendships

The repeated, unplanned interaction model is designed perfectly for friendships that begin in person and then move online as everyone goes back to their home cities.

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The Cost of Making ‘Gone With The Wind’

Let’s step into the past and take a look at an historical example of an artistic folly that paid off in the end.

Gone With The Wind.

The film version.

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The Cost of Winter Running

Gym fatigue, an old injury that makes running on a treadmill awkward, and a general preference for the great outdoors led me to cancel my Planet Fitness membership this year (making me $10 richer every month), which means I’ll be doing all my running outside this winter. The catch here is that I live in Alaska, a place not exactly known for its mild winters, snow-free streets, or, you know, daylight.

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You Can Sue Your Parents To Pay Your College Tuition!

I too would put up a fight if someone told me I had to fork over nearly a thousand bucks. Unless it was, you know, for my child.

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When Budget Beauty Starts to Hurt

None of my jobs pay me well enough to support an emotionally fueled makeup addiction.

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What Are You Wearing and What Did It Cost

Bags seem to be the splurge of choice, followed by shoes.

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The Cost of Things in the U.S. After Being Away for 14 Years

Here’s how long it’s been since I last lived in these United States: When I left, gas in my upstate New York hometown was 99 cents a gallon. Keep the change! Since my return at the beginning of this year, people who know how long I’ve lived away often ask me what I find remarkable about this American life. All kinds of things have surprised me, but nothing makes me feel so foreign than opening my wallet to pay for stuff that I’ve never dreamed of paying for anywhere else in the world.

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The Cost of Things: Crossfit, Lifting, and Making It to Provincials

I got new weightlifting shoes, $220. One shoe says, “go forth and…” and the other shoe says, “…dominate”

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