On Expenses Relating to My Wedding That I Couldn’t Possibly Have Anticipated

@andnowlights Ooooh did you know it had been outsourced to China? I know people knowingly do that on Etsy which is cool but I would be pissed if I thought I was supporting a shop in my community and my dress was actually made in China.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm 0

On Every Little Thing She Does Is 1 Thing

@highjump Oh I also named beneficiaries on my IRA which Vanguard has been bugging me to do. Stop reminding me of my mortality Vanguard!

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm 1

On Every Little Thing She Does Is 1 Thing

Did a couple of small nagging one things: -light banking stuff -wrote checks -uploaded photos I said I was going to upload Another one thing left: Look up hotels for upcoming trip. This should be fun but I'm traveling with other people so it turns into a long pro/con email chain that is kind of tedious.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:39 pm 0

On How David Shapiro, Creator of Pitchfork Reviews Reviews, Does Money

Miss you Logan! Wonderful interview. I work in a white collar job around a bunch of people who have published or have a novel in their bottom drawer (including kind of myself) and I think this is an excellent response to a common concern! “Mom, it’s private. There’s, like, sex stuff. I mean, I’m 25—it would be weird if there hadn’t been any sex stuff in my life so far. But some of it is in the book. And we don’t talk about that kind of stuff.”

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm 0

On Soon We Will All Enter Through The Poor Door

@vanderlyn Oh gee, I don't know. There certainly has never been stigma about low/mid/fixed income housing in the past in major urban areas.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm 5

On Soon We Will All Enter Through The Poor Door

@thegirlieshow I feel the same way.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 1:02 pm 0

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

The fear fund has served its purpose! I used the funds to pay off my smallest student loan and the balance of the account is now at $4400. I'm kind of treading water right now, just trying to pay for summer travel in cash - what usually goes into savings is going right back out the door days later. My 'stretch' goal for 2014 is to pay of this student loan with my least favorite loan servicer - ACS. 7/1 balance: 3,918

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 10:45 am 0

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

@PicNic OMG that is way worse than I thought and probably illegal. If you haven't already I recommend filing a complaint with the CFPB http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/#student-loan they've taken legal actions against Sallie Mae in the past and your story could help them build another case. I know they are investigating collection practices. You should also try emailing Will Sealy on their student loan team william.sealy@cfpb.gov A mess indeed. Good luck. If it is/was a PLUS loan I don't see how you're on the hook for it at all? Their failure to contact you is pretty egregious.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 10:40 am 0

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

@PicNic 0% moving loan is a nice fringe benefit. What is Sallie Mae's problem? They don't want to let you out of forbearance or something?

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 10:17 am 0

On Is Debt Management Just Part of Being an Adult?

@bgprincipessa I like MMM a lot for many of the same reasons beastlyburden points out and fwiw, student loan debt (as long as it is at a reasonable interest rate) doesn't usually qualify for "hair on fire emergency" levels of denial under the MMM schema. I guess this thread is as good a time to point out as any - I think there is enormous value in having different perspectives in personal finance. We need to be teaching people that it is fine to pick and choose between Dave Ramsey and MMM (and so on) as long as you feel like you are in control, living below your means, and on a path to meet your future goals.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:54 am 1