The 90s — And Blockbuster — Are Alive And Well In Mexico

Do you miss Blockbuster? Feel wistful for Woolworths? There’s a hack for that: try going south of the border.

Prime Time

So today is Prime Day—a day Amazon devised to be the summer version of Black Friday in November. We’ve always avoided all the “deals” coverage surrounding these things because of their blatant hyper-consumeristic nature, but I was still curious so I took a peek.

Hustling Over Budgeting

Being scrappy is my jam. I don’t call myself frugal because that to me entails sacrifice and I don’t adhere to the mantra of the miser, nor would I call myself a “shopaholic” because that entails frivolity and a lack of control.

Tact Vs Transparency When It Comes To Money In Relationships

“I just paid in cash for a thing and the lady told me that women do this all the time — they pay cash, or half in cash, so that their husbands/partners don’t see the full amount.”

Doing Shopping Wrong, Summer Shoes Edition

The bottom six inches of a person, my high school friends and I once agreed, will tell you everything you need to know. As a young teenager, the bottom six inches of me were all wrong.

The Horror, The Horror (Of Bathing Suit Shopping)

I was acting like bathing suit shopping was no big deal. I was acting like it was something a person could do alone, on a whim, like buying a bagel for lunch.

A Wedding, Two White Dresses, and Secret Spending

It started, like so many weddings do, with a white dress. Not the wedding dress, which would come later, but a little cotton sundress I found on a rainy San Francisco day. I was waiting for my fiancé to arrive from his nonprofit job so we could walk together to Williams Sonoma and start to register for kitchen utensils. I ducked into a high-end store to get out of the rain.

The Cost Of Things: Looking Effortless

ELLE recommends a $226 caftan-inspired dress from Steven Alan. There are cheaper caftans, though, that don’t look like the clothing equivalent of porridge.

KonMarie and Me

The first week of 2015, I decided to KonMarie my life. The concept of spring cleaning never made much sense to me. Spring brings flowers, allergies, sunny weather and a sun that doesn’t really set until at least 7 p.m. Spring is made for being enjoyed outdoors with the sun on your shoulders, not in your musty apartment, marveling at moths and finding new and inventive ways to store the scarves you stress-knit or the sweaters you bought when you were sick of everything else. It was decidedly winter out—cold, blustery, with traces of snow still on the ground. I decided that the new year was the best time.

Return of the “Good Guy Discount”

I never walk into a store anticipating I’d ask for a discount, but I have become much more aware that many people are amenable to giving you one in the right circumstances.