How an Ad Agency Professional With a $270 Hairstyle Does Money

When I upped my game in terms of grooming and clothes, the response from my co-workers and clients was extremely positive and while I was able to land a new job based on my merits, looking the part certainly helped!

How a Researcher Preparing to Move to the Midwest Does Money

“Since I don’t know of a clear way to make more, I am going somewhere where the same amount hopefully buys more.”

How a Cook With an Engineering Degree Does Money

“My salary is $55,000 and the take-home is about $850 a week. This is actually the first cooking job I’ve had where I’ve been salaried and the pay itself is much higher than in the past.”

Friends With—And Without—Money

I interviewed a handful of lowercase-f friends, acquaintances, former coworkers, and internet strangers about how they experience money issues in friendships. Is income disparity a dealbreaker, or no big deal? Is it more awkward to be the rich friend or the broke friend?

How a Chocolatier in London Does Money

“I lived in: a former halfway house (bullets in the kitchen cupboards), an enormous warehouse in central London with 18 others (amazing fun), the lodge in a cemetery (crazy housemate) and the basement flat below some VERY noisy boys with a lovely actress.”

How a Foodie Bakery Manager Does Money

“We make our scones with the freshest ingredients every morning. Sure, it’s more expensive than Starbucks but you’ll be glad to know that the bakers make a living wage with fantastic medical insurance. We don’t pass on any of our life stress into your food.”

How a Librarian With a Daily Spending Limit Does Money

“I’m not going to spend anything until Saturday when I have dinner with a friend, but by then I’ll have $80 that I could spend that day.”

How A Compulsive Worrier In The Midwest Does Money

“He makes sure I don’t go too far off the saving deep end, and I make sure we have enough money to pay all the bills.”

How a Freelance Illustrator Who Makes $16,000 a Year Does Money

“Would you be willing to give up restaurants in return for getting up without setting an alarm every day?”

How a Woman Who Co-Owns a House With Her Ex Does Money

“I actually hate owing money and I (deflect the) blame (onto) my ex. He had a “enjoy now, pay later” mentality that I got caught up in the first year or two we were dating.”

How a Bank Manager With Three Roommates Does Money

“I have an emergency fund. It’s actually named “What Would Mike Dang Do?” so I don’t access it unless really necessary.”

How A Job-Hopping Latina Does Money

“It just hit me. I don’t have to stay here, I can live and work somewhere else, it’s not the end of the world.”

How a College Student from an Affluent Native American Tribe Does Money

Emily is a college sophomore living on the East Coast. She belongs to a prosperous Native American tribe in California.

How a Couple Merging Finances Does Money

“I think the biggest surprise has been how quickly we’ve moved to more and more merging. Initially we weren’t going to do any sort of joint savings, but we realized that aside from our retirement accounts, our savings goals are really joint goals.”

How A Farmer In The Pacific Northwest Does Money

“When I started farming, there was this sense of urgency about it, as if it was the only thing I could possibly do, regardless of the consequences. I’m a little bit more measured about it now. And I have a much more realistic picture of what it takes to make a living doing it.”