An Interview With a 17-Year-Old Theater Accountant

“I really like how structured it is and how it makes you think. It’s not so much about math, it’s about finding the appropriate place to put a number. It’s sort of like solving a puzzle. Each amount of money is it’s own little piece and once you place them all together and they fit your budget, it’s like you’ve solved the puzzle.”

How Sarah Hepola, Author Of ‘Blackout,’ Does Money

“I went to school with kids who were vacationing in Aspen and Vail and their parents drove Mercedes and there was this roar in my head that told me I needed that. It’s funny, because as an adult, I’m uncomfortable around extreme wealth, and it’s not something I want for myself. But back then, yeah, I thought that was what success and happiness would be.”

How a Communications Professional Near Detroit Does Money

Financial freedom, even on a small scale, is amazing. Being able to say yes without sweating the cost is excellent. I’m not talking trips around the world, but Prince tickets or a quick weekend away.

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.”