Eating on Airplanes

Why is airplane food often so bad?

How Elementary School Kids (Plan To) Do Money

Talking to children about money.

Why Live in a Yurt? And How Much Does It Cost? A Conversation with Melissa Fletcher

What is a yurt and why are people living in them? Julie Beck interviews Yurts of Hawaii’s Melissa Fletcher to find out.

My Year in Money: A Gif Odyssey

For 22 years old, 2 years out of college, I feel like I’m in a pretty good place.

The Hustle of a Singer-Songwriter: A Conversation with Matt Duke

I met Matt Duke at a concert venue in my college town, cornering him so I could take a picture for the student website I worked for. Several years later, he has three records and one EP under his belt from working with record labels, and is now self-financing his next record on a Kickstarter, which, full disclosure, I contributed to.

Buddy and the Disappearing Social Media Job

Opportunity Cost: The Olympics

Time is money, so they say. How much did the Olympics cost you, Julie?

Time spent watching the Olympics (prostrate on the couch with snacks, at bars, during friends’ housewarming parties, etc.): 21 hours

Reviews of Public Transportation

Recently I was in Sydney on business, which is just the most amazing and douchiest sentence I’ve ever written. But I was, and on my first night I had plans to get drinks with the friend of a friend. I left the event venue (where they held boxing at the Olympics! God, I love the Olympics) a responsible amount of early, with Google Maps’ assurance that all I needed to do was take the monorail one stop. I was willing to pay the unreasonable price of $5 for this because it was worth that much to me not to be lost in a foreign country at night. Come to think of it, that’s probably the business model for all overpriced transit aimed mainly at tourists.

Adventures in Budgeting

My first step in making a budget was to ignore my boyfriend when he suggested I use Although pretty much all my work/entertainment/happiness stems from the Internet, sometimes I like to play-act at being “off the grid.” It’s worth noting that I did the math for my paper budget on my computer’s calculator.

Things I Have and Have Not Called My Landlord About

Heat stops working. In January. In Chicago. The landlord needs to be called, but I’m not going to be the one to do it. I’m angry at my roommates because I just found out that while I was away all fall on an internship, they didn’t pay any of the utility bills, which are in my name, thus ruining my credit forever.