On How a Times Square Spider-Man Does Money

I wish this would have gone a bit deeper. I wonder if he has any thoughts about how NYC is cracking down on these jobs, which are essentially street performance (though some would argue they're pan-handlers). Most of these performers are unlicensed and do not go through any sort of background check before engaging with the public. (Here's a good article about it! http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/nyregion/the-lives-behind-times-square-cartoon-characters.html?_r=0). I'm sure he's aware of this stuff. Also, $800/month to share a bedroom with his brother in his parents house in New Jersey? YIKES, Pedro! Check Craigslist!

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread: I Didn't Yet Know About These Moneysavers

- Paying for gas in cash is usually cheaper than paying with a credit or debit card! (At least in New York) - Sometimes I get salad supplies from the salad bar section of my grocery store instead of buying each package/vegetable separately (I know this isn't ALWAYS economical). Sometimes it's just really nice to buy 10 individual cornichons that come out to .40 cents after being weighed. And our health food store has an amazing array of oils and vinegars at the salad bar so when getting salad supplies I always get a little container of expensive pumpkin seed oil or sherry vinegar even if I don't need it (HEH! This one makes me feel very clever. And no, it's not stealing)

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:31 pm 0

On Friends With Venmo

I love Venmo, and I shamelessly have asked my friends to download the app so I could pay them or get paid by them (but never for something as measly as $11). Come on, downloading an app literally takes about 25 seconds. I think any progress in making the awkward transaction of paying someone back more transparent and effortless is amazing. I hate having lingering "IOUs" with friends because often it never feels like the right time to remind someone, and sometimes you seriously just don't have the money a week later. I want to give you what I owe you WHEN I owe you. And don't be annoyed at your friend for trying to pay you back for beers through Venmo - be annoyed at the banks who would charge him $3 or $4 for going to an ATM to get out a $20 bill.

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm 0

On Real Life as a Pastry Cook

@Myrax I second this request! Or a career-changing series!

Posted on February 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm 0

On Real Life as a Pastry Cook

I also just left my well-paying office job in hopes of pursuing food work (but mine is a little less hands on than Kate's - I'm hoping to get into nutrition/public health.) Right now I've been offered an entry-level position that pays the least amount of money I've made in 11 years. I feel like I need to start somewhere before becoming event remotely eligible for grad school. I'm terrified and sleepless over how much money I left behind, but how else will I know what's right unless I try? (TL;DR: Kate's story is inspiring, thank you!)

Posted on February 7, 2015 at 7:10 pm 0

On The Cost of Feeding Myself On Travel

Do you ever make food specifically to bring on a flight? I've been moderately successful with that (making a big batch of granola, etc) but I always give in and end up buying something at the airport or on the plane, I think because I like the novelty of it. One year I had an international flight and I went to a fancy cured meat and cheese place in NYC and got a container of sliced dried sausage and hard cheese. That ended up being amazing. I remember reading some interview with a food writing dame (maybe it was Alice Waters) and she mentioned how she always makes a meal to bring on a plane, like cucumber sandwiches. And she also packs lots of tea bags so she can just ask for hot water (such a good idea, and I always forget to do this).

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 3:22 pm 0

On Spiritually Bankrupt: How I Went Broke Trying To Teach Yoga

Wow. As someone who recently left a high paying, somewhat soulless job in search of something more meaningful, this resonated with me. Thank you for writing about your experience. I hope you find/have found what you're looking for.

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:20 am 0

On Shopping, Travel-Wise: Are You An Ester Or A Nicole?

@Monica Two grey, one black, one dark green! Uniqlo sells cashmere sweaters for $40 :) I also find some great ones thrifting.

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 6:01 pm 0

On Shopping, Travel-Wise: Are You An Ester Or A Nicole?

I really would love to be someone who is into that much variation in my wardrobe (lord knows I own enough clothing to appear as such), but my reality is that I wear black jeans and a grey cashmere sweater every day throughout winter. I mix it up with shoes (green suede creepers, black clogs, black boots, Adidas). I have treated myself to jewelry multiple times in the past decade and I always forget to put it on and then end up misplacing it. Does anyone else have this problem? When I travel, I put hardly any thought into my clothes. I mostly travel for warm weather, so it looks like: multiple bathing suits, tank tops, shorts, linen or silk dress. And I usually end up wearing the same dress every day. I don't know what I would do if I had to travel for work D:

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 7:18 pm 0

On Open Thread: Share Your 2015 Budget

@@fo The problem is I deferred my loans for about 2 years at one point, and in 2014 I paid off $9,000 in student loan debt. I'm not ready to slow down my payments (up until last month I was paying $1,500/month towards loans) but in reality, I'm about to be forced to (hence listing my minimum monthly payment requirement: $150). I can't think of anything scarier than making that debt last and longer than it has to..

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 10:06 pm 0