When a Good Life Decision is a Bad Financial Decision

I live alone. Well, except for my cat. But basically, I live alone. I have lived alone for the past 5 years, and in that time I've come to believe that living alone is a very, very important life experience. There's something indescribably gratifying about knowing that I can ... Read more...

Going Vegetarian to Save Money?

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Let me just be clear about one thing: I. Love. Meat.  Steak, chicken wings, grilled hot dogs, barbecued ribs….meat is delicious. Period. However. Meat is also very expensive, particularly lean cuts that haven't been treated with hormones or antibiotics. So as much as I love ... Read more...

Call Me Crazy, But I Think My Budget Gives Me Freedom

Yesterday I did a truly epic amount of errands. I made a lot of stops and bought a lot of stuff, everything from nail polish to eggs to toilet paper. And yes, I spent a lot of money. I suppose I could add it all up, but I'd estimate that I spent about $175 yesterday over the ... Read more...

What’s Your Favorite Money Aphorism?

As a corollary to my post about my own personal money rules, I wanted to compile a list of my readers' favorite cliche (but sometimes so true!) money sayings.   I'll start with one from a great Pennsylvanian: "Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ... Read more...

What is Your Financial Ideology?

Yesterday, I proctored the A.P. English Literature exam. That means three and a half solid hours of doing nothing but walking around a big, silent room watching a bunch of 18-year-olds furiously writing. Left alone with my thoughts, I naturally started running numbers in my head. ... Read more...

Have You Heard About Coursera?

A few weeks ago, I caught the end of an NPR story about a start-up called Coursera. I missed most of the information in the story, but I inferred that Coursera is an online learning platform. Like, where you can take full courses online. Cool, right? But then last Thursday I ... Read more...