Friday Estimate

And how will you be spending the long weekend?

Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: August 2014 Check-in

It’s time to check in on our debt payments and savings goals again.

How Much More Are You Spending at the Grocery Store?

On Aug. 11, Mary Ellen Burris, a senior vice president of consumer affairs for Wegmens, a family-owned grocery chain in upstate New York wrote a blog post titled “Sky High Beef” to explain to customers why beef prices have risen lately.

The Earning Potential of a Liberal Arts Degree

“Are your parents upset by your liberal-arts degree? Show them this chart.” Says the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Considering Our Retirements

The Washington Post has a new-ish section focused on money, and most of it (as money sections tend to be) is currently focused on retirement. Their latest retirement column says that people who get advice on their 401(k) are generally better savers than people who don’t.

Monday Check-in

Good morning! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends!

Friday Estimate

Good morning and TGIF! Time for some estimates.

I won’t be doing a weekend estimate today because I’ll be off next week. I had originally planned to take the $500 I put in a vacation savings account, rent a house upstate and go off the grid, but have decided to stay in the city, see friends, go to baseball games, sit outside in the middle of the day reading books, try some new restaurants, and try not to think about work for a week. We’ll see! I’ve always been bad about taking vacations. I’ll tally up my spending a week from now. Meaghan, Ester, and Nicole will be in charge.

But what about you? Any big plans this weekend?

WWYD: Should I Be Upset Because a New Hire is Getting Paid the Same Salary as Me?

Am I wrong to be incredibly irate about this? It’s hard to know what others in my position earn as the job is in a very niche industry and its tough to get an accurate range. I’ve already started looking for a new job, but not sure how to square all this so I can still get my job done and not just throw my hands up and completely check out mentally.

The End of Neighborliness

Hi. Nice to meet you. I live next door.

The Catalogs Keep Coming

You’d think that online shopping would have eliminated our need for catalogs, but according to the New Yorker, Americans receive nearly 12 billion catalogs a year—the worst of which is from Restoration Hardware, which has the door-stopping weight of 17 pounds and the ire of UPS delivery people. Most of the catalogs end up in the recycling bin, and are considered a waste of energy and resources.