On Hottest Corporate Celebrity Couples: Family Dollar Tree & Truzilla

I have always preferred Zillow to Trulia, and even though my grandma was a (great) real estate agent, I prefer any website to a realtor, especially in New York.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm 0

On Spending Three Years in College, Rather Than Four, to Save Money

I finished college in 3 years specifically to save money. I could have done a study abroad program or used that fourth year to actually figure out what I wanted to do in life rather than just do whatever comes along, but I knew I wasn't going to get any monetary help for college, so I took all my high school's AP courses and community college summer studies to be enrolled as a sophomore as soon as I started university. I still had nearly $30,000 in loans to pay off once I graduated, and only managed to do that within 7 years because I live really frugally.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 10:38 am 0

On A Brief History of Being Unhappy at Work

@Michelle Pittman@facebook Not a day goes by when I don't brandish an imaginary cricket bat and utter in my head, "I will KILL people today, Leo!" Clearly, I am also in this "I need to quit my job for my sanity" place right now, but I am trying to move across the country and can't rationalize quitting without something lined up on the other side.

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm 0

On The Year I Saved $10,000

I have saved $10K on a $42K salary this year already, but I never have any specific savings methods, nor do I really have to scrimp. I have lived in the same apartment for 8 years, with 3 roommates, so my rent has only gone up $200 or so from what was already extremely cheap, as the neighborhood gentrified around us. I don't go out every night and don't really drink alcohol or coffee, so that helps, but I fly monthly to California to see my boyfriend, buy myself books at the cheapest book sale every week, have Netflix, and go out to eat with friends. Paid off the last of my $27K student loans last year. I'm not really sure how it happened, except that I am also pretty boring. Edited to add: I just started my first brokerage account and am scared but hopeful.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 8:45 am 1

On How the Baby-Sitters Club Does Money: Dawn

@jalmondale I love the East Bay! As soon as I can get work in the Bay Area, that is where I am going to live!

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm 0

On What Did Your First Job Pay Then and What Does It Pay Now?

I think I made like $3/hr as an assistant at a plant nursery in 1999, which is $4.28 now. My first real full-time office job didn't come until years of temping after college, and it paid around $22K in 2008 NYC dollars, which was (and still is) a total ripoff, especially for the amount of work I did.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 9:14 pm 0

On GOOD ENOUGH Homes and Destinations

@pterodactylish Me, too. I look at the beautiful, cheap homes I could own right now in my hometown versus the beautiful, insanely expensive homes I will never be able to own in the Bay Area. I can't even look in NYC because it's too depressing.

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 9:55 pm 0

On Do 1 Thing (And a Report on a Successful Thing!)

@seakelps If you're in NYC, GrowNYC has a booth for textile recycling at a ton of greenmarkets all over the city: http://www.grownyc.org/clothing

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm 0

On From Botanical Gardens Intern to Anthony Bourdain's Assistant

This is the best one of these yet!

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 2:43 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@ThatJenn I just laughed for a solid minute about "Florkla." Oh my god, I am so tired. Amazing.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 3:53 pm 0