On Friday Estimate

I'm in the middle of Fall Break for school, so vacation! I'm going to DC to visit friends, so here's my budget: $28 round trip Megabus ticket NYC-DC $30 Oktoberfest ticket on Saturday (includes dinner!) $6 coffee and pastry on Sunday $10 beers during the Seahawks game on Sunday (cause I'm from the other Washington!) $15 dinner on Sunday with my friends Trying to keep travel weekend to just under $100! Usually my goal whenever I make weekend trips. Next weekend, I will live cheaper and less drinking. This weekend is a special occasion!

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0

On 1 Source Of Income: Good. 12 Sources: Better!

Lessons to take away from the recession: - "When I was twenty-five, I trusted my employer to take care of me, and it didn’t, of course. That seems impossibly naive now." - "The person I am today, who can’t trust a single source of income, is better off than the person I was in 2007." YES! I agree this is spot on. Since 2007, I also can't trust a single source of income or an employer to take care of me. Thanks for putting a positive outlook on this so we can take lessons from it rather than just blaming the economy.

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 12:19 pm 1

On Time to Panic About Hazelnuts

@calamity What is a cashew? I've always wondered... it must be a nut because I'm allergic to nuts and cashews are BY FAR THE WORST AND MOST DEADLY nut (if it is a nut).

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm 0

On Raising Kids to Trust People but Distrust Corporations

Great read, even for someone who doesn't have kids. I also have trouble with grown-up friends who cross the line on the humanitarian-commerce divide.

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm 0

On Lessons About Money From Our Twenties

@OllyOlly NEVER BUY TIMESHARES! They won't go away, even after you die, and they will suck thousands of dollars out of you (even after you die).

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 11:33 am 0

On 10 Days in California for $500

This piece is so great!! It makes me want to document all of my spending on vacations. (I usually just transfer an amount to checking before the start of vacation and then wince whenever any amount is charged or withdrawn throughout the vacation and pray I won't get overdrawn). Interesting to see the narrative that develops as you document your expenses on vacation.

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm 0

On WWYD With a Five Figure Check?

@Jake Reinhardt @Aconite @aetataureate You guys are all awesome! If I had any money left from the five figure check, shots would have been on me!

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm 0

On WWYD With a Five Figure Check?

My first check from an inheritance was very similar. Sure, it was 5 figures and made me erupt in a spontaneous dance party when I first received it. But it really wasn't anything compared to the debt I had from undergrad, the debt I was about to undertake in grad school, and the salary I needed to survive (but could never get from the economy). I was paralyzed and didn't deposit the check for a month. When I finally did, I paid off my credit card debt and hospital debt immediately and used the rest for living expenses during my first year in grad school. It was gone within a year...

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 12:24 am 0

On Laundry Is a Problem That Will Never Be Solved

@klemay Thank you!!! It costs no more than 5 bucks and less than 2 hours to wait it out. I can see paying for service/delivery as appealing to the 9-5'ers or when you live somewhere where you have to travel 4+ blocks to laundry. It's just that... I don't now... 30 bucks sounds like a lot to spend on one-time laundry?

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 7:47 pm 0

On "Why Don't You Just Get Another Job?" How A Freelance Writer Makes A Living

How many of the essays you pitch are subjective where, like this one, the primary source of the essay is your personal experience? Do you see subjective longform essays online as more or less profitable than reporting?

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm 0