On Gwyneth Paltrow GOOPs Up Food Stamps

@aetataureate Yeah, a lot of the outcry feels pretty rote. The zillion limes are pretty funny, but eggs, black beans, rice, sweet potatoes, kale, tortillas? Not really out there or inaccessible for a vegetarian on a budget.

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm 1

On The Cost Of Things: Looking Effortless

OK, I fully recognize that it's ridiculous to get hung up on this, but ... the amount of each product! Do any of you go through a whole bottle of shampoo in two months? Five bottles of sunscreen and five tubes of concealer in a year? I mean, I recognize that fancy brands come in tiny, expensive bottles, but I recently ran out of BB cream—1 oz lasted me like eight months of daily use.

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:32 am 0

On How a Person Living a Nomadic Lifestyle Does Money

"I was wearing pants to work with a huge rip in the crotch at one point because I didn’t want to spend the money on a new pair of pants, and nobody noticed." That seems ... unlikely.

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 11:51 am 1

On Today's Rent-Saving Solution: Move Into An Old-Age Home

@Ester Bloom I'm glad you clarified, because I was totally picturing the four grandparents sharing one bed in Willy Wonka.

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 9:23 am 1

On Your Friendship Is Above My Pay Grade

@scn231 Assuming your friend is reasonable, he's not requiring you to make a fuss—he's inviting you to celebrate a thing he is happy about, which you are free to politely decline. As long as you stay away from the phrase "waste of time and money," he will probably realize that traveling from out of town does not fit into everyone's schedule and budget constraints/priorities.

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 11:17 am 4

On The Joy of Holiday Travel

@bgprincipessa Are you able to defer your jury service? Some places will let you postpone your service to another date (that you pick) within the next six months or so.

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 10:20 am 0

On Chatting About A New Era

Meaghan, congrats on the new gig! I'll miss reading your lovely, funny work around here but look forward to checking it out on The Cut. Wishing you good luck and a functioning freezer in Portland.

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 7:19 am 0

On Screwing Myself With The Credit Card I Swore I'd Pay Off Every Month

@MemphisBlues What does this post have to do with parenting? The part where Meaghan mentions her baby once? Even if it did have to do with parenting, a diverse range of Billfold posts on that subject has demonstrated (1) that raising children is inextricably connected to money and (2) that writing about parenting need not be relegated to mommy blogs.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 6:28 pm 1

On Account Joined

@Meaghano Um, what exactly did these witnesses have to witness?!

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm 1

On Is Air Conditioning Worth It?

I am pro-home A/C, as a person who lives in a place with yucky summers and prefers to be able to sleep in the summer. Office A/C, though--don't get me started. I am so glad that article brings up the fact that office buildings are horrible and wasteful: "“We are probably overcooling our office buildings by 4 to 6 [degrees] F just so that office workers, particularly the males, can wear their business suits,” wrote Richard de Dear, who is head of architectural design science at the University of Sydney and a researcher on thermal comfort." Sadly my rage about this doesn't keep me warm, so I'm wearing a sweater and still freezing to death at work even though it was like 90 out today.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm 1