The Cost of Becoming Interested in Fencing as an Adult

When I first started fencing, I imagined the only gear I’d need is a cutlass, some of those thigh-high leather boots sported by Errol Flynn in Captain Blood, and a chandelier full of candles to show my enemies how sharp my weapon is. Who would have thought fencing is a full contact, anaerobic sport that requires an ocean of protective gear?

Tracking and Saving More Time, But Spending More Money

Two months ago, I signed a contract for a new part-time gig. About two days into the job, I started to worry. The job pays me for 20 hours each week. I can work those hours whenever I want, from wherever I want—it’s pretty great.

The Cost of Driving My Parents Home from the Hospital

Both my parents were in the ICU at Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville, my father with a broken neck and my mother with a fractured lower back. A truck had smashed into their SUV as they drove home from their Florida vacation.

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.

The Cost Of Things: A Visit To The Cat Cafe

All I ever want to do is chill in a room full of cats, so if you are similarly minded, the Meow Parlour is an excellent idea. But, and I can’t emphasize this enough, no matter how much money you pay, they’re still cats and therefore fuzzy jerks.

Worst Freebie Ever? Famous Rollercoaster Breaks On 1st Day Of Season

The other day I bought some friends breakfast. It made me feel like The Queen Of The World, which is a good return on a $25 investment.

Things That Cost More Than A Trip To The Best Western-Style Hospital in Shanghai

One night at a business-class hotel here is like a fifth or a fourth of a night at a hospital; there it’s like the other way around.

The Last Days of Target Canada

When Target, the popular American discount retailer, arrived in Canada, it was doomed from the start.

The Cost of a Long-Distance Relationship

I’ve been in a long-distance relationship for more than two years now. When we resided in the same state, it was easy to see each other because I had a car, and only needed $20 for gas to make a trip to visit my boyfriend. Now, with me in New York and him in Pennsylvania, seeing him means I’d have to pay $47 for a round-trip bus ticket. Sure, this isn’t a huge difference, but when you’re working off a limited budget, it can get overwhelming.

The Cost of Things: Getting The Flu When Your Insurance Sucks

Thanks to my newfound pioneer attitude, my response to grogginess and an incipient cough was to take two Advil and a bracing three-hour walk through snow-encrusted Prospect Park. Here’s what that cost me.