On Monday Check-in

$20 at Taco Bell?? I assume you were planning to buy for others. There's this thing called the Taco Bell challenge... it's to try and eat $20 worth of Taco Bell food in one meal. My group of friends - true Taco Bell connoisseurs - posit that it's nearly impossible.

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm 0

On I Could Make The 1 Thing Good For a Weekend

I really need to get my open enrollment done. The only question that's keeping me from getting it done *right now* is deciding how much to put into retirement savings. Maybe a lot? 20%? I'm young, and Mike Dang did say to get that compound interest going now!!

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Lee Jordan

Pop pop!

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 3:15 pm 0

On Link Roundup! Fee-less Banks; Bankable Stars; When Success Isn't a Straight Line

Hate to break it to you, but Paul Rudd was *not* in the Dallas airport, just a guy who kind of looks like him in a blurry still frame. In true internetz fashion, all these sites picked up the same breathless but speculative news report after it flashed across one blog, and later had to retract it. Nonetheless, truly, you are an American Hero, not-Paul Rudd.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:11 am 0

On Counselor, World Traveler, Wrangler of Young Jews: A Hiring History

Let's meet in the morning so we can make a day of it.

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm 0

On Analyzing America's Most Affluent Towns

@PrescriptionPants It makes it rather ironic that Dakota Dunes is mentioned in the article in a paragraph specifically about places that sound like they have protection from floods. As a SoDak native, I was amused (but not surprised) to see them as our "richest" town. Apparently being rich doesn't make you smart enough *not* to build your exclusive enclave at the confluence of two extremely flood-prone rivers.

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 12:43 am 0

On In an Age of Tablets, Are Calculators Still Relevant?

I seem to recall using my TI-83+ to mostly program weird RPG code sets and play "Drugwars".

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm 2

On A Banker Missing His Wallet Asks for Some Money

Yeah, this sounds like it was a scam. Not sure what his angle is, but the dude asking for more money when you've already proffered $10 seems like a huge red flag.

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm 1

On Millennial "Earnings Hangovers" And How to Fight Them

@Derbel McDillet Exaaaactly what I was scrolling down to post. "Try out places where the costs of living are cheaper, like Boulder, CO" is a sentence written by someone writing for the New Yorker.

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 7:09 pm 0

On Concerning Eschewing Ivies and Raising Working-Class Heroes

@siege91 As an alum of the school you're denigrating, I have to take issue with this. I grew up in a middle-class family on the Great Plains, FAR from the "J-Crew/loafer/prep school" world that most people imagine when they think of Princeton. Yes, that definitely exists at Princeton (I don't disagree on that point!), but to suggest that *all* of us come out of the school with that mentality is ridiculous. I'm beginning to agree with @andnowlights' comment above: I see more and more articles at The Billfold that casually play up ressentiment for certain "class signifiers" in a way that shuts people out of the conversation, rather than invites them in. It's worth thinking about whether that approach is wise if you're trying to open the conversation about money/class/privilege to everyone, rather than just talk to people who already agree with you.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm 2