Mike: You will probably getting a package from Target from me today.
Meaghan: I am getting a PRENATAL MASSAGE today, OMG.
Mike: So one our most popular posts this week was this post by B. Benson talking about how he spent money on all these things in an effort to save money on things in the future. I think that post was so relatable because it's something we all do, right? Spend money on things hoping it'll make us better people somehow?
Meaghan: Mike! I just read an excellent article on the Date Report that cites you as a couponing expert. Or um, quotes you about your couponing-while-dating philosophy.
Mike: Meaghan you went on vacation for a little bit—when was this planned and how did you decide where to go?
Logan, do you have a similar memory? Acquiring some grown-up clothes that made you feel like an adult when you put them on?
Sometimes the way to fix a lot of your problems is to figure out a way to earn more money.
At Medium, an excerpt from Emily Gould from the collection MFA VS NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction. Gould writes about the book that got her a $200,000 book advance and how she got mired in debt soon after.
A conversation about gift cards.
Mike: Earlier this week, we had a feature story about how a person got her job at a public relations firm. Part of that answer, we discover, is through connections this person had. "You should take every meeting," she said. "Because you never know who's going to have a job open up over the weekend. That’s a lot of how I got my job." I appreciate how upfront she was about this because it basically demonstrated how "bootstrapping" is often a myth—the idea we got from Horatio Alger who wrote stories about boys working hard and moving themselves out of poverty and up the ladder. This is a part of the heart of the American Dream, but, of course, Horatio Alger wrote fiction. It's not as simple as that. Were you raised with a "bootstrapping" mentality?