What Black Friday Critics Miss

missOne Facebook friend shopped for eight hours on Black Friday. Another took three friends and filled one shopping cart a piece. I looked at photo after photo as they flooded social media. There were a lot–and I mean A LOT–of shopping hashtags and not a single #OptOutside. The Black Friday critics on Twitter weren’t shy to call this out. And now I’d like to do the same. Continue reading “What Black Friday Critics Miss”

What Black Friday Critics Miss

To Everyone Who Hates on New Cars

new-carAlright, personal finance blogosphere. Enough with the haterade for new cars. Are they depreciating assets? Yes. Is interest bad? Yes. Is financing a car the worst thing someone could do financially? Not necessarily. In fact, as someone who financed a $27,000 car several years back, I wouldn’t change a thing. Except maybe I would have spoken up sooner. Continue reading “To Everyone Who Hates on New Cars”

To Everyone Who Hates on New Cars

In Defense of Kylie Jenner

JennerThere. I said it. Now before you think that I’m trying to usher in the apocalypse, hear me out. I’m not about to argue that the world needs another Kardashian. To be honest, I’m not even totally sure that she really is one. Instead, I’d like to defend the interview Ms. Jenner did for Wealthsimple last week, not her as a celebrity or as a person. Because 1.) much to my students’ perennial dismay, I don’t keep up with the Kardashians, and 2.) I don’t actually know her.

Last week, Wealthsimple did a profile on her as a part of their “Money Diaries” series, where they do a Q & A write-up with famous (they say “interesting”) people about how money intersects with their daily lives. And they picked the world’s most famous 19-year-old*. In it, she talks about inexpensive makeup, expensive cars, and possibly living outside of the limelight one day. After the post went live, there was some virtual eye rolling, and one Tweeter even questioned his enrollment in Wealthsimple. To both, I say absurd.

*Actually, I’m making this up. There are probably more famous 19-year-olds. Is Bieber still 19? What about Taylor Swift? Am I 97 yet? Continue reading “In Defense of Kylie Jenner”

In Defense of Kylie Jenner

The Latte Factor Lived in My Closet

LatteHere’s the thing: I don’t drink coffee. I can count on one hand the number of sips I’ve tried. It’s so repulsive to me, I cannot swig it down in a Frappuccino that is 87% sugar, 11% heavy whipping cream, and 2% coffee. I won’t even eat tiramisu, failure of an Italian American that I am. But the latte factor is real. In fact, it’s my biggest money mistake. Continue reading “The Latte Factor Lived in My Closet”

The Latte Factor Lived in My Closet

My Closet Netted Me Over $1K This Year

ClosetRetail therapy. Shopping addiction. Following in the footsteps of Cher Horotwiz*. I have a lot of stuff. Way too much stuff, in fact. While I’ve written about decluttering my office and the whole first floor of our house, I’ve stopped short of sharing the nitty gritty details of the upstairs. Because it’s kind of embarrassing.  Continue reading “My Closet Netted Me Over $1K This Year”

My Closet Netted Me Over $1K This Year

Four of My Favorite Buys from Dollar Tree

Four Things To Buy from Dollar TreeThe call of dollar stores is irresistible to some. Others insist on adhering to the you get what you pay for adage. I probably fall squarely in the between both camps. Overall, my shopping forays have taught me that not all dollar stores are equal. Now, it’s Dollar Tree or nothing. While Dollar Tree will not take the place of my regular shopping stops, the fact that Dollar Tree stocks brand-name items and accept manufacturer coupons makes them my go-to place for these four items. Continue reading “Four of My Favorite Buys from Dollar Tree”

Four of My Favorite Buys from Dollar Tree