On How Other People Do Money: Kids Around The World

I know it isn't always helpful to have Personal Finance at the end of high school, but my class was GREAT. My high school had a very strong Personal Finance class, where we covered both the basics (savings accounts, spending logs, budgeting) and more advanced topics (various investment vehicles, estate planning). Our teacher encouraged us to make our binder a reference source for when we graduated, so we would always have the information to hand. Mine is at my parents' house, but more importantly, Personal Finance class gave me the confidence to actually do the things I knew were important: to read personal finance books, to set up a 403(b) at my first job, and to (yikes!) do my own taxes.

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:33 am 0

On Traveling Lighter: Results

Packing cubes are the BEST. My mother bought me a set (thanks, Mom!) and I love them so much. Everything is easier to find, packing takes less time, and it looks a lot nicer in my suitcase--which is silly, but I admit it matters to me.

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:28 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Oh, jeez, I spent WAY too much money this weekend. Saturday was pretty restrained--I just went to Target for things I needed around the house ($60), but then Sunday involved brunch ($30), coffee ($5), a movie ($14) and then dinner after the movie ($14). So, $123 total, which is more than I ought to have spent, but I also get paid this week, so we'll make it work.

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 9:38 am 0

On Your 401(k) Mutual Fund Might Include Uber and Pinterest Stocks

@Katni In my experience, more and more men have Pinterest accounts. Usually, they start out with recipes (sneaky), but then they end up getting sucked in: boards for music, movies, dapper configurations of facial hair, manly accessories, woodworking...bless them.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:48 am 0

On Return of the "Good Guy Discount"

@goodtimesnoodlesalad I once got a free breakfast at a convenience store. I had snuck out of church because I was super-hungry, got to the cash register...and realized I had left my wallet at church. I asked if I could set the items down, run around the corner, and come back, but the fellow behind the counter just told me to take it and "have a blessed day" (oh, North Carolina, I will miss you when I move away). The next week, I made sure to go back and buy some extra things, because that guy was a gem.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:45 am 2

On Return of the "Good Guy Discount"

@Lily Rowan This is my experience at my local farmer's market! It's mostly people from nearby, and I go every week when it's open, and have a fairly friendly relationship with several of the vendors. Sometimes, I get free or very discounted items: a massive bunch of carrots for $1 because "they're REAL ugly", or free kidneys because I mentioned I was interested in learning to cook offal. I think it's because the people know I'm interested in supporting the farmer's market long term, they don't mind passing along things they mightn't otherwise be able to sell.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:43 am 1

On Hotel Preferences: For The President, ESPN & A Gym

Dang it, Hilton! I do a fair chunk of business travel for work, and I tend to stay in Hilton properties (Hampton Inn) just because they're familiar and fairly affordable. That said, when I travel internationally for work, I just stay wherever the event I'm attending is being held, because I don't have time to learn a new transit system to get there (or, as in Latin America, don't want to chance taking a taxi by myself at night in a place where I don't speak the language). Still, it's good to know, because hopefully it means I can start making more ethical choices going forward.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:37 am 0

On Do A Non-1-Direction-Related Thing

My one thing is to get started on my taxes. It'll be a pretty straightforward affair--I'm using TurboTax, and I've had just the one job this year--but it is my first experience with doing taxes, so YIKES! I intend to reward myself with a doughnut.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 4:01 pm 0

On It All Comes Out In The Wash: A Story Of Love And Laundry

@mer I have actually been on the opposite end of this. My roommate's boyfriend has kind of a crap laundry situation at his apartment, and so sometimes I would come home to discover his laundry (and it was a LOT of laundry) in our machines, which were also in my bathroom. Lots of stepping over baskets. I was so miffed.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:40 am 0

On It All Comes Out In The Wash: A Story Of Love And Laundry

@swirrlygrrl I have always lived with laundry, mostly because I've chosen shared houses over apartments. The Golden Age, though, was college. Not only did we have massive dorm laundry, we had LaundryView, which allowed you to go online and see which machines were in use and for how long. You could sign up to have it send you a text when your laundry cycle was done. It was beautiful.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:38 am 0