On In Which I Answer a Question About Marriage and Finances That 'Call Your Girlfriend' Asked Us in October

@eatmoredumplings Yeah we did that for a long time, but see "resentment" and "me being a crazy person" aka compulsive saver. We generally have enough that we could afford anything frivolous we wanted (within reason of course) but I need a very large cushion to feel secure. Even then I freak out sometimes over nothing. Glad it works for you though!

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 7:25 pm 0

On In Which I Learn How Much I Will Be Paying in 2014 Taxes

I was very paranoid and didn't want a huge surprise at tax time this year, so I set aside 30% out of each independent contractor check I got. Then I paid all of that to the government so I actually got a hefty credit towards my 2015 first quarter taxes. I still owe city taxes though. I forgot about those. :-/ They automatically came out of my paycheck when I worked corporate, which was for half of the year, so it's not as bad as it could have been!

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 1:31 pm 0

On Know Your Value, Get $10,000

Wait isn't that the opposite of what she's trying to accomplish? If her book is trying to help people learn their value, and possibly how to effectively negotiate for it, doesn't it defeat the purpose to just give money to people who already know how to sell themselves? I mean, if you're already confident enough to make a video of why you deserve to win 10k, shouldn't you just go to your boss and tell them to get that salary raise?

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm 0

On In Which I Answer a Question About Marriage and Finances That 'Call Your Girlfriend' Asked Us in October

Married person here, and it looks like we may be unusual. We keep everything in joint accounts, but then each of us gets a small "allowance" that's automatically transferred into our "fun money" accounts each month. We have debit cards only to our own fun account. Neither of us gets to judge the other person for however they want to spend their fun money, but we can see all the accounts online, so we can't hide anything either. We pay *everything* else out of our joint account. After many, many years of communication (fights, tears, and hurt feelings) this is something that works for us. I had a lot of issues with feeling like I couldn't spend anything if he did (I'm the compulsive saver) so I would get resentful of his purchases. He thought I saved excessively and was too controlling. With our separate fun accounts, he can spend all he wants (to a point) and I can save it all for something big if I want. It's budgeted for, and equal amounts, and it's been the best solution we've found so far.

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 12:20 pm 0

On Traveling Lighter

You linked to a backpack that was too expensive, but not to the Mother Lode so we could look into too? ETA: I mean, yes I *could* just Google it myself. ;)

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 9:38 am 1

On Convenient Cooking, But at a Cost

@Lily Rowan Yes this! I just tried Plated (we made our last trial meal last night actually). It was good, but if I want to spend $12/plate on dinner, I want someone else to make it AND clean it up! The only people I could really see using this on the regular would be people who hate to grocery shop but love to cook at home. Otherwise, it's only a reasonable expense to me if I can get a deal. I did the Facebook promo and got 6 plates for the price of 2 with no shipping.

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm 0

On 13 Ways Daylight Saving Time Can Cost You Money

Ugh stupid daylight savings time. (I like it better with the s on savings; I'm going to keep doing it, so take that world.) When I got up this morning it was still dark.

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 4:17 pm 2

On Who Pays Your Funeral Expenses If You Die in Debt

@Gef the Talking Mongoose Haven't read the article yet, but they even want old bodies? That was my main concern: I'd die of regular old age and not be interesting to science. :-D

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 3:28 pm 0

On Could You Come Up With $700 By Midnight?

@Mercy Seconded!

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm 0

On On Doing Everything Right and Still Making the Wrong Decision

Excellent piece. Please try to not beat yourself up about it too much though, author. Sometimes it really does take living through your mistakes to figure out what you really want. You did the best you could with the information you had at the time, and that's all you can ever ask of yourself. (Easier said than done, I know! I'm still working on this too.) Keep us posted on if it sells.

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 11:59 am 2