Living Together to Save Money

Generally speaking, roommates expect to keep their money separate, since they know the arrangement is temporary. Romance, though, works like peanut butter, slathering everything — especially money — in a sticky layer of complexity that is hard to remove.

How Geena Davis Made Retail Work for Her

My Summer As a Housekeeper

The summer I was 18, I worked at an amusement park hotel as a housekeeper. The system worked something like this: every morning, we picked up our clipboards from the front desk with our list of rooms for the day, color-coded by what kind of service they needed. Pink was for occupied rooms that just needed a little spiffing, or “makes,” and green for just-vacated rooms that had to be cleaned for guests the following day, or “turnovers”.

Tipping Housekeeping is Controversial? (No It Isn’t)

The End of Signatures at the Checkout Counter

I have three different signatures that I use:

• My full name in legible cursive, which I use when signing personal checks and legal documents
• An abbreviated version of my name, which I use when signing anything digitally
• A scribble, which I use when I’m signing receipts for various merchants

The Beach: A Bargain or A Bummer?

Going to the Library Makes You $2,282 Happier Per Year

Via Annalise Quinn’s Book News report for NPR, The UK government’s “Department for Media, Culture & Sport” — sounds like a fun department! — has conducted a study to see just how much perceived value we get from participating in sports, the arts, and the library.

When We’re Better At Advocating For Our Friends Than Ourselves

In a simulation, she had men and women negotiate a starting salary for themselves. Then she had them negotiate on behalf of someone else.

When the women negotiated for themselves, they asked for an average of $7,000 less than the men. But when they negotiated on behalf of a friend, they asked for just as much money as the men.

Emily Amanatullah, assistant professor of management at the University of Texas, makes an argument for treating ourselves like a very good friend.

Banning Laptops, Making More Money

Who Had the Richest Parents? Comparing Current Income to How You Grew Up

Love your water cooler chat, Planet Money, and love that you followed through on it and tracked down then parsed a longitudinal government study following 12,000 people for 30 years. Enter many strangely fascinating graphs.