On How Much Do Teens Plan to Spend on Promposals? $324, On Average

I have a lot of trouble believing this is a normal thing. I want to see more evidence. I'm pretty sure I was asked to prom via awkward phone call.

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm 0

On Gwyneth Paltrow GOOPs Up Food Stamps

Maybe she's really concerned about scurvy?

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm 1

On Let's Talk About Philanthropy

This is actually a good reminder for me. I started donating monthly to Greenpeace while I was in law school (cute guy with a clipboard got me worried about whales), but after the third time they overdrew my account I thought "hmm, maybe now is not the best time for me to authorize automatic donations." Once I started working full time I became a sustaining member of my local public radio station, but my financial situation has now stabilized enough (four years out of law school in a public interest law job) that I should think about how much I can contribute and to whom. I also would like to start volunteering regularly, so hmm - lots of thoughts this morning! I should add these things to my action list (yes, Billfold, you have me hooked on Getting Things Done).

Posted on April 9, 2015 at 11:51 am 0

On Who Knows One [Thing]? I Know One [Thing]

My one thing was to call my bank and get un-locked out of online banking (whoops, guess I forgot my password too many times). I have been locked out of it for oh, months? When I finally called, it took less than 10 minutes (I was on hold for a while). So, I'm glad I finally did that.

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm 2

On Fran Lebowitz Tells You How To Do Money

Slacks and a nice overcoat! I love it. She sounds like my (90 year old) father.

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 4:19 pm 0

On The History of the Wooden Nickel

My third grade teacher used to give out round tuits as a bonus for getting around to something without being asked. We could redeem them at the end of the year for various prizes. I LOVED it and exchanged mine for books (because I was already a nerd).

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm 1

On On Doing Everything Right and Still Making the Wrong Decision

@BillfoldMonkey Yeah, my heart thinks I want to live in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, fortunately when we were ready to buy a house my husband continually reminded me how much I liked living 10 minutes from work and 5 minutes from a grocery store - and how, even though I loved spending weekends at my sister's house in the country, I had never actually lived in the country myself.

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:14 pm 0

On Billfold Housing Survey: What Is Your Dream House?

Before I actually owned a house, my dream house would have been "old rambling house." I used to have an obsession with Victorians. Now that I own a house (and have to clean and fix up said house), I've realized for me, the smaller and simpler the better (although not tiny home small, not as long as I share the house with other people and dogs). Hence sleek and minimalist is now my dream.

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:15 pm 0

On How Much Allowance Money Should You Give Your Children?

I did not get an allowance. When I needed/wanted something I had to negotiate for it, which left me with a weird relationship with spending money on myself. I started babysitting in high school and averaged $20 a week, which usually funded a movie and a diner with friends. My parents didn't talk to me about money at all (my dad even refused to fill out the FAFSA), which I do not recommend. Basically, I will do the opposite of everything they did, because nothing they did prepared me to manage my own finances, and it took me a long time to figure it out. I also did not have regular chores (other than doing my own laundry) but was given assignments around the house on an ad hoc basis (I also do not recommend that approach).

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm 2

On CA Money vs Midwest Money, & "Relative Wealth" at U Michigan

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm 0