On Stars: They're Not Paying Off Their Student Loans Just Like Us!

Well, he gets to deduct the interest, and if he invests it other things those other things might bring deductions too (like mortgage deductions). So it's not only a matter of comparing interest rates.

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 2:08 pm 0

On Deciding to Buy Renters Insurance

Our renters' insurance covered our stuff when it was in storage in a barn (nothing bad happened, but still) and also paid for my laptop when it was stolen out of my bag. There was an extra rider for the laptop but it was definitely worth it. And, as others have said, the relevant figure is replacement value. If you have a car, totally worth combining as there's usually some sort of discount.

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 5:08 pm 0

On Art Just Hasn't Been The Same Since We All Left Our Garrets

I can never work out if this writer (Deresicwicz, not Dieker!) is a crank or a troll. n + 1 was running the 'art is crap now that people want to get paid for it' line recently too. To me it's a fundamental misreading of both what art is and the history of how it's been produced, defined, and valued.

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm 0

On Low-Cost Ways of Entertaining Aunt Flo

Imagine how the numbers would look if NASA wrote this article! (This is from the summer, but I just heard about it--NASA asked Sally Ride if 100 tampons would be the right number to stock for her weeklong space mission: http://gizmodo.com/nasa-engineers-offered-sally-ride-100-tampons-for-a-7-d-1594243379)

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 11:53 am 1

On Secret Debt Threatened My Marriage

I saw this story differently. Two people on the verge of marriage react highly emotionally when one of them reveals a secret about debt. They find their way back to each other with the help of some space, effort, and good advice. This struck me as well-written, real, and full of hope.

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm 6

On "Secrets" to Buying a House Without Getting Hosed

Yes to less house than you can (technically) afford! It also leaves you money for repairs / renovation, which is always more expensive than you think it will be, by, like, magnitudes of order. We did use a realtor, and it was helpful to have someone else dealing with that paperwork. But here at least the sellers pay the realtors' fees. I felt like the calculus was really different from having a realtor when you're renting, and you end up paying someone a chunk of change for what feels like a lot less service.

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:20 am 2

On How Wizards Do Money: Cho Chang

Unexpectedly lovely and moving. The parallel first & last lines especially. Nice.

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm 0

On The Four-Hour Workday

During the fight for the eight-hour workday (and I think the ten-hour day before that?) one of the arguments was what the author says above: there will be more jobs to go around. Interestingly this turned out mostly not to be the case. It turns out people are a *lot* more productive on a shorter workday than a longer one. Like Meaghan says, no time for gchat! Plus, you're not dead tired, etc.

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 8:59 am 0

On Pre-Nups: Maybe Necessary, Necessary, Offensive, or Harmless?

@Tax Token I'd be interested to see the Billfold do a follow-up with a divorce lawyer on this. Kleinberg's advice is interesting, but she has pre-nups to sell, right? My sense is that pre-nups become less effective the longer it's been since the marriage, though of course it must vary by state. But still, there must be a cost-benefit analysis to this decision.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm 1

On How Vampires Do Money

I think the metaphor is supposed to go the other way. It's not that vampires are rich. Rich people are vampires!

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 11:43 am 2