When I was 18, I moved away from home to go away for college. There was a local school I could have gone to, but I was young and rebellious and couldn't wait to get out of the house. I ended up renting an apartment with my two best friends, ordering pizza way too often … Continue reading My “my first credit card” story
I know someone who is seriously in debt, to the tune of at least 6 figures. I won't get into details since it's not my story, but she has been very open about it. She hates the fact of the debt, but has gotten so used to it that she also doesn't seem to want … Continue reading The right comparisons
Today while at a Christmas Eve dinner with some friends of ours, we shared our plans to sell our house and rent instead. I've been surprised how enthusiastic most people have been, overall. The most common reaction I've gotten is "I wish I could do that, but there's no room for our kids in an … Continue reading This is never a reason to buy something new!
I have a pretty strict view of debt. It's bad. Even in my most spendthrift years, I never let myself carry a balance on my credit card. I use it all the time for the points, but I've never bought anything that I wouldn't be able to pay off at the end of the month, … Continue reading Do people really think this is a good thing?
Unless you were a scullery drudge at Versailles, you are probably faced with more luxuries that you don't have than you would at any other time in history. The internet has connected us to just about everything, and that includes easy access to a world of Pinterest-worthy kitchens, fancy cars, youtube channels devoted to people … Continue reading Pictures lie
No. Just, No. Bad, bad advice, Barbara Corcoran. No. Buzzfeed recently interviewed Corcoran while she was promoting a "woman's empowerment initiative*". Most of the article was generic, forgettable advice, until this section: What are the biggest mistakes women make with their money? BC: They don’t spend it. And I know that’s counterintuitive. I am not a … Continue reading No.