On My Parents Said Money Didn't Matter, But It Did

I am so proud of you. I also think your parents might have been the irresponsible,unprepared ones in this scenario and the fact you made lemonade out of their lemons (so to speak) is something you have a right to be proud of.

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm 0

On Reader Mail: My Credit Card Company Reduced My Credit Limit

I think cutting the credit limit of people aggressively paying down debt without incurring any additional debt is the credit card companies' passive/aggressive way of telling you that you are no fun to party with anymore and while they don't really want to break up, they just think they should start seeing other, more spendy debtors.

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm 5

On I Went Home To Surprise My Parents For Their Wedding Anniversary And All I Got Was Free Dinner And Emotional Fulfillment

Aw, I loved this. Also, nice to see Central Mass. represent.

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm 0

On How Many Dollars Do You Donate And Why: Some Super Short Chats

This year I've been amazingly charitable (well for me) -- partly because I am digging out of debt and partly because I get motivated when the news makes me stabby. I try to give to Planned Parenthood and the Local Community Food Bank quarterly ($25) -- This year I donated to Obama for America and Elizabeth Warren for Mass. Senate -- also $25. It's a nice round businesslike sounding number.

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm 0

On Let's Discuss the Merits of Anthropologie (The Clothing Store, Not the Discipline)

@madrassoup This is probably the only time I will ever cop to agreeing with anything David Brooks has ever said.

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm 2

On Let's Discuss the Merits of Anthropologie (The Clothing Store, Not the Discipline)

My feeling about Anthro is that if I wanted to decorate myself and my home in the style of a French country farmhouse in Bali, I would buy actual French things, not a bunch of twee knockoffs. But damn if that store isn't filled with pretty things I continually have to talk myself out of owning. Related: I have a friend who loves to call Pottery Barn 'Poverty Barn.' To me, it's still 'Aspirational Barn.'

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm 1

On Monday Check-In: Let's Talk About Heirloom Tomatoes

Saturday grocery run: $50 (includes above mentioned heirloom tomatoes) Renewed subscription to Proxy server (Olympics, y'all): $16.00 Sunday dim sum brunch with BFF ($20) followed by a stop for some amazingly tasty ice cream (Two flavors: Raspberry Coke and a banana peanut butter thing called Elvis Elvis Elvis) $4.00 Total: $ 90 BUT I also returned a bunch clothes to Target that looked great in the store and looked like absolute crap at home: $48. Returning stuff always feels like free money.

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 11:38 am 0

On Monday Check-In: Let's Talk About Heirloom Tomatoes

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 11:37 am 0

On Save On Cereal With This One Weird Old Tip

@beatricks@twitter Oh yes! Joe's Os are almost always $1.99 for gigantic box and deeply and truly yummy. Ditto the Joe's Honey Os. TJs is the knock of king of all food. Truly.

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm 0

On How Do We Repay Our Parents?

@Megano! When I finally got a job that paid enough for me to say 'thanks but no thanks' to parental funding, I took my parents out to dinner at a fancy place we typically go on special occasions and they rang up quite a tab -- not quite equal to my college education but damned if they didn't try! The waitress tried to give the check to my dad and he said "Hell no, I'm not paying for all this!" It felt really good and it was fun.

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm 1