On A Poor, Yet Expensive, Country

"If the cafe next door charges 300 yen for a cup of coffee, you know that’s about three bucks. You decide that’s a fair price, you pull the notes out of your pocket and pay." What? Where does the author live that he thinks three bucks is a fair price for a cup of coffee?

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm 1

On Where Should We Stay for the Wedding?

Booking travel for a wedding: The exact moment I actually care that I don't have a bf (to split the cost of a room with me) and everyone else does (so will be staying with their bfs and not splitting with meeee)

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm 0

On 'And How Does That Make You Feel?' The Cost of Therapy

This post, man. This was my life for a while. Not to mention the fact that I was trying to limit my options to someone I could reach within easy walking distance of my office, so I could try to slip out discreetly, and how stressful it was to try to imagine being able to get out of my office for a weekly standing appointment, when my office really isn't flexible about that kind of thing and I was a very junior person on the team. It got so dispiriting that my best friend took charge of finding leads for me, and even then everyone would answer the phone and explain that they WEREN'T actually taking new patients, or DIDN'T actually accept my insurance. I ended up getting a recommendation from my mom for an out-of-network therapist who would work with me over the phone, in the evenings, for $60 a pop. There was no insurance coverage but not having to worry about getting out of the office was worth every penny.

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm 0

On Defer Student Loans? Paying the Minimum on Credit Cards?

I like this advice-- so much ultimately comes down to "do what makes you feel better." Like, I'm missing out on more rewards I could be getting from my credit cards, but using my debit card more and not having to face a big credit card bill at the end of every month just makes me FEEL BETTER. And sometimes we have to stop sweating what the "right" decision is.

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm 2

On An Interview With an Adult With an Allowance

Is 3% the rule of thumb for a Roth IRA? I've never seen that before and wonder what it's based on. (Every damn blog I scour for tips like that will say "IT DEPENDS ON YOUR SITUATION" which, duh.)

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm 0

On Things I've Bought My Mom for Her Birthday

@Catface I went with "Putting Things in Order" by Ellen Baumritter but there are a few other similar titles on Amazon with good reviews.

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 10:02 am 0

On Things I've Bought My Mom for Her Birthday

I just got my mom a book about how to "organize her important paperwork" and end-of-life directives for her 65th this week. I'm pretty pleased with myself. (Mostly because I joked with her about it once and she said it actually sounded really useful... I promise I'm not an awful daughter!)

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm 1

On You Are Forgiven

One of my favorite Billfold posts so far, I think! Sometimes I don't like reading the Billfold because I just start stressing "I'm doing it wrong, even when I'm doing it right I'm spending too much on X or not checking my credit score enough" or whatever-- because it's great to be financially savvy and mindful about this stuff, but it sucks to start obsessing. (I stopped doing weekend estimates because they made me start feeling weird and bad about spending money on the weekends-- and what else are weekends for?) So I just think that while we're all being financially aware and educated, we should also remind ourselves once in a while, IT'S JUST STUFF. And that it will be okay.

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm 0

On Ways In Which My Relationship Costs Me Money

So this article is about how your boyfriend saved by being in a relationship.

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 11:26 am 11

On I Almost Do 1 Thing

Here is a cautionary tale about not doing your 1 thing. About 2 months ago, my Kindle wireless stopped working. For 2 months, I apparently decided it was easier to have to connect to my computer to download my eBooks than to delay my gratification by another 2 minutes and look up how to fix it. Then I finally looked it up and it looked like I'd have to call customer support, so I put it off a few more weeks. Then I called and found out my warranty had expired a week earlier and I was shit out of luck. Do your 1 thing, boys and girls!

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm 0