The Give and Get

The Give and Get

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Why I Moved

I moved 4 miles and a world away. Whenever people visit my new apartment, they ask why I moved four miles to a worse neighborhood. I explain that this apartment is cheaper and larger and […]

Help! My Lifestyle is DEflating!

Financial experts say one should continue to live like a grad student even after starting work to avoid lifestyle inflation. I took this advice to heart when I graduated from law school. I maintained my […]

The Amazing Free Resource that Will Help You Achieve Your Life Goals

In 2017, I decluttered my apartment, improved my language skills, wrote a quarter of my novel, and read 70 books. I did all these things with help from programs and services from my community’s best […]

The Beautiful Uncertainty of the New Year

The first clue that something was off was the pint of strawberries. We don’t usually eat strawberries and it was the end of December – they were not in season. As I pondered the mystery […]

Thoughts on Paycheck to Paycheck Documentary

When I was in law school, I interned at the Legal Aid Center. One of my tasks was to help an elderly woman apply for jobs. Her name was Flossie and she was in her […]

Do you Shame Yourself for Spending Money?

I am addicted to my Fitbit. In fact, when I don’t wear my Fitbit, I will honestly sit on my butt all day. Thus, when I’m without my Fitbit, I get a little frantic. I’ve […]

Four Ways I Cut My Data Usage by Over 75%

I am a late adopter to technology. I got my first personal smart phone in 2013. So it should come as no surprise that I haven’t yet developed the habits to max out my data. I […]

I Haven’t Bought Groceries This Year, but I Have Plenty to Eat

While most people are resolving to spend their Januarys getting out and being more active, I have resolved to stay in as much as possible. I like to start my year by having a No-Buy January, […]

Make These 5 Easy Items from Scratch to Save Mega Money

The philosophy that saves me the most in my grocery budget is to shop less. It saves money, but more importantly, it saves time. If you buy processed, pre-made products, once you’ve finished them, you’re […]

This is the Wrong Way to Fight the Pay Gap

The news about Mark Wahlberg’s and Michelle Williams’ disparate pay is so puzzling to me. First, the news stories covering the reshoot seem to have left out the fact that Williams was willing to forgo […]

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