• My One and Only

    by  • May 10, 2012 • Tagged:   • Comments

    My husband and share the same frugal-to-the-point-of-stupidity tendencies. We will skimp on nearly everything, and not always for the better (see: my recent bout of food poisoning in Spain, when we should have just headed to a clinic, but spent a morning slowly re-hydrating me instead). I can always go to him to validate my ... Read more →

    Putting a Stop To Spending

    by  • May 8, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    While I generally think of myself as someone incapable of mindless spending, over the past few months I realize that I’ve been putting more money towards a variety of purchases than I would have liked. This has something to do with my current occupation – as I’ve written before, my current (and relatively new) job ... Read more →

    How We Spent Money on Our Wedding, Or Not

    by  • May 1, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    Image: Cat When I was younger, I never dreamed about my perfect wedding. Rather, I spent my adolescence imagining the day I could become a reclusive editor in New York City, living in my fabulous apartment with my multitude of cats, free from the limiting requirements of “marriage” and “other people.” So you can imagine ... Read more →

    When There is No Parental Cushion

    by  • April 24, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Image: 401K Drawn in by all of the media hoopla, I recently found myself watching the first episode of Lena Dunham’s new show “Girls.” Early in the show, Dunham’s character explains to her parents that their decision to cut her off financially (in her mid-twenties, two years after graduating from college) is unfair and unrealistic, ... Read more →

    Being the Breadwinner

    by  • April 17, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Image: cookbookman17 My relationship is not unlike many in my age-group. This is the time for figuring out your career, for going to graduate school, for living cheaply and on different sums of money depending on where you are. My husband and I try to base our relationship on a degree of equality – his ... Read more →

    Judge Not

    by  • April 9, 2012 • Tagged: , , , ,  • Comments

    Image: Kurman Communications, Inc. Despite reminding my husband constantly how amazing I am, and how lucky he is to have me, I do, in fact, have a number of flaws that I try to correct (when I can remember them). Besides an anal-retentive need to keep things organized at the expense of the sanity of ... Read more →

    The Adverse Effects of Sunlight

    by  • April 5, 2012 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Image: Rachel Kramer We’ve had a spate of gorgeous weather here in the Northeast, and normally bundled and home-bound citizens have been venturing out in the sunshine. I’ve noticed that with nicer weather comes a trend: spending money. I’m less content to sit inside and drink tea or a beer with my husband; I’d rather ... Read more →

    Is Misery Worth It?

    by  • March 21, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    Image: F. Hoffnar When I graduated from college in 2008, like many people my age, I graduated with debt. Thanks to my college’s stellar financial aid policy, a generous parent who believed the cost of higher education was worth it, and some substantial saving on my own part, that debt was a very reasonable amount ... Read more →

    Spending the Savings

    by  • March 12, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Image: Tom Small There are moments when I look at my savings accounts as abstract items not to be used – pristine, shining examples of my frugality that are there for looking, but not for touching. And then there are the moments when my apprehension disappears, and I understand why I continually add to them ... Read more →

    Back Here in the Stone Age

    by  • March 5, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Image: Martin Abegglen In many ways, I have traditional, some might even say old-fashioned, tastes. While this has often served me well (my clothing stays largely in style, and should for some time), I’ve lately noticed that my reluctance to upgrade to more recent technology in a particular instance in my life has begun to ... Read more →

    On Sudden Saving

    by  • March 1, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    In the Spring of 2010, my husband and I found ourselves on the receiving end of a bit of excellent luck. As a graduate student, he was eligible to apply for a position in one of the undergraduate dorms of the university he attends. This role would entail some advising and programming responsibilities for the ... Read more →