Last night, I finally decided to buy my tickets to Los Angeles to visit my family for Christmas, and it was at that moment when I clicked the purchase button that the numbers began to add up.
Since we’re estimating my pre-tax income at $60,000, that leaves me with about $8,400 in discretionary income for the entire year, or $700 per month.
Forbes named Birmingham, Alabama, the most affordable city in America in their list for 2015, and as a freshly-minted Birminghamite, I’d have to agree.
Money I spend to maintain my over-40 looks—even while realizing that I’m in pursuit of unrealistic standards of beauty.
A little more than five years ago, my half-Italian husband and I decided that in five years we’d move to Italy. Our reasoning was approximately: Because it’s there. Never mind that I spoke no Italian whatsoever unless it related to restaurants, musical terminology, or the libretto of an opera. I had five years. How hard could it be?
One of the principal problems with children is that if you do something nice for them a couple times, they get used to it and expect it EVERY TIME. My kids expect homemade Halloween costumes. They take pride in their homemade Halloween costumes.
I wanted to start playing roller derby for a long time before I actually did it. Like so many before me, I saw Whip It! when it came out in 2009 and immediately came up with my derby name (Penny Pain, in case you’re wondering).
On days when I think about quitting, there are a lot of things I know that money could buy.
The health and beauty industry has my money and my heart.