Chatting About “[Financial] Health At Every Size”

Ester: Hello!

Nicole: Hi!

Ester: How’s being back in Seattle after vacation? Have you adjusted your spending habits any, post-vacation, or are you just back to normal?

Nicole: Well, I mean, I didn’t go see Fifty Shades of Grey or The Last Five Years, so that’s a start. But I did end up at a bar with a friend where it was cash only and the ATM was oh-so-conveniently placed next to the bar, so… you know, you try to cut back and everything erases itself.

Sometimes I feel like both weight and spending have a “set point.”

Ester: Ooh, intriguing! Please say more.

Nicole: Well, the “set point” thing is how our bodies naturally gravitate towards specific weight ranges, and some people are naturally fatter or thinner than others. And then if you go outside of that range, over time you find your way back to it. That’s a really rough explanation of that. But it’s kind of the same with spending; there’s a point at which I will be all “NOPE TOO MUCH MONEY,” and so I’ll find my way back to a spending equilibrium, and if I am spending too little money, I’ll … well, you know, I feel like I spend around the same amount of money every month, no matter what happens.

I don’t ever end a month with, like, an extra $800 that I just didn’t spend.

So You Want to Be a Pilot: What It Costs And How Much You’ll Make

The dream job with the major airlines is very competitive. They want you to have experience flying in the airlines, so what you have to do is get all of the commuter airlines. They pay anywhere from sixteen to $20,000 your first year.

Sympathy Flowers

Mike: What color flowers do you send someone who has lost a relative?

Living Alone

Mike: Nicole, earlier this week, Ester wrote about what's it worth for us to live alone. You and I live alone in our respective cities. Want to talk about how that happened?

Rationalizing Adorable, Impractical Online Purchases

Meaghan:: Um, can I buy baby booties for $60 with tax and shipping? No, right?

Mike: Hah I mean if you need them. If they are just cute, um, maybe close the tab

Meaghan: JUST VERY CUTE.

Mike: You know that baby clothes last for like, 5 days and then they grow out of it

Meaghan: Definitely. Also we just bought him functional winter booties that were a third of this price. Also they are 0-6 months and he’s 5 months and generally follows the size guidelines. But I mean, look at them.

Mike: Omg. Hah, they are very cute

Meaghan: I put in my card info then saw the shipping and tax and was like WAIT WHAT AM I DOING?

Mike: The Cost of Being Cute For One Month

GTD, Planning for the Holidays Edition

You ever think we’re going to be the last generation that does presents? Like, we were the last generation that did trick-or-treating as a door-to-door thing, don’t most kids do organized Candy Events now? And we were the last generation that did birthday parties where everyone brought gifts, now it’s like “bring a used book for charity, please do not bring my child a Spiderman toy.”

Holiday Shopping Check-In: Chatting about Progress and Perfect Gifts

How's your holiday shopping going?

Trying to Pay Off Debt and Falling Off the Wagon (As We Do Sometimes)

Mike: We’re going to do a monthly debt check-in later today. Let me know what your new balance is. Logan: It's gone up.

Our Vanilla-and-Guilt-Flavored Real Estate Fantasies

Fantasies and gratitude for reality aren’t mutually exclusive! Or maybe fantasies distract from gratitude. I don’t know! It’s not greedy! Or is it?