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 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.”

How a Canadian Working in London Does Money

“I don’t generally tell people that those are the things that make it harder for me, but he also hadn’t bothered to ask about the difficulty of getting in. Which I think is typical of people who don’t have disabilities and don’t realize the extra difficulty that many of us face in terms of access to work, transport and often just everyday life activities that many people take for granted.”