My Life and Education as a Community College Transfer Student

When I was 17 my parents offered me a deal: We’ll pay for your entire undergraduate career if you go to community college first, and a public, in-state school for the bachelor’s degree. I couldn’t say no; this was free college.

When Dog Training Classes Are More About Your Break Up Than Anything Else

I broke up with my live-in boyfriend of six years and took my dog to an advanced training course.

Flamingo Notebooks and Polka Dot Pens: My Office Products Obsession

I’m three weeks out of leaving my full-time, salaried, 9-to-5 job to freelance, and I’m spending way too much money on the writing tools I think a full-time blogger should have.

The Cost of Maintaining Eyebrows

When model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne popularized thick, bushy eyebrows a couple of years ago, I knew my time had come: I was going to grow my eyebrows thicker again.

How To Buy A Suit

“I really enjoyed putting on a good-looking suit and tie every day — it made me feel like a true professional when I was just out of college.”

The Cost of a Trip to Africa

In 2014, I took the most expensive and amazing vacation of my life. I visited Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia with my best friend.

The Love of Objects

I am an unapologetic buyer of goods—and not just any goods but those that to most eyes are more material than experiential. Even worse, I collect them.

The Cost of Incarceration

Free public defenders aren’t actually free. Some municipalities require people to pay $50-200 in “public defender application fees,” and that’s just the beginning.

The Real (and Theoretical) Perks of Joining a Wine Club

I’m not sure if it was the ambience, the booze, or the fact that the non-member tasting for each person was $30 (unusually steep for a tasting in my limited experience), but three of us decided to join the wine club to have the group’s tasting fees waived.

The Cost Of First-Ever-Plane-Flight FOMO

My frugal upbringing made me very thrifty. The idea of spending any sort of money on travel, which was an intangible moment rather than a tangible good, was ludicrous.