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Monthly Archives: June 2009

June Gloom, Financial Style

Tweet June gloom is not only confined to coastal climate. Right now, I’m feeling under the weather when it comes to my personal finances. May and June were pretty bad in terms of spending. In addition to my own spending on fun things, unexpected expenses just seem to crop up (hello $60 parking ticket and […]

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Cash goes fast when it comes to standardized tests

Tweet Or, all the money that went to College Board / ETS and GMAC over the years. As a veteran standardized-test-taker who have recently (and happily) said goodbye to standardized tests, I’ve decided to take reader S’s suggestion and tally up all the money that went into this little 1-person enterprise of standardized test-taking. The […]

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Saying Goodbye to Standardized Tests

Tweet Parting is such sweet sorrow – except in this case. Finally took the GMAT today. Before the test and during breaks, I kept repeating to myself – just do what you know how to do. I knew that if I just did the questions that I know how to do – if I just […]

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A Lot Like Love

Tweet Tonight, I watched A Lot Like Love starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. (spoiler coming up) Towards the end of the movie, Ashton’s character was talking to his brother about his sad status in life: he’s almost 30, unemployed, and living with his parents. His life looks nothing like how he envisioned it would […]

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What's your favorite berry?

Tweet Blueberry? Blackberry? Strawberry? Raspberry? Cherry? As I speak I am munching on a bowl of blueberries ($2-something per box at Trader Joe’s). Balance out the cookies I’ve had earlier, I say.

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Last Twilight post

Tweet Okay – this will be my last Twilight detour, I promise! (might have spoilers below) So today I borrowed Twilight and Breaking Dawn from a girlfriend. I thought that Breaking Dawn seemed so convoluted that I didn’t really bother to read all of it, just enough to get the happily-ever-after, vampire-style. As a fast […]

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Hair aware and market pricing

Tweet I finally got a hair cut this past weekend. It came out to be around $55 with tip, is very reasonable. My stylist, “Holly”, gave me some nice long layers and a saucy flip (though unfortunately only achievable through a professional blow-dry). She was really chatty and friendly, and somehow the conversation turned to finances and the […]

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So Excited I Can't Sleep

Tweet *sung to tone of Britney Spears’ “(You Drive Me) Crazy”* 401(K), I’m so into you You got that tax deferral, what can I do 401(K), for you I waited a year Now I know that my tax vehicle is here You drive me to savings I just can’t sleep I’m so excited, I’m in […]

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My perfect lady apartment

Tweet (Thanks to my friend “Jane”, I’ve decided to christen my new place The Perfect Lady Apartment). This is the first time I’ve ever lived on my own, and, I love it! I had thought that I’d get lonely, and I’ve had my moments of wouldn’t-it-be-nice-if-my-friends-were-around, but mostly I appreciate the increased privacy and the […]

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When the Thrill of Blogging is Gone

Tweet The title of this post doesn’t refer to me (the thrill of personal finance? Gone? Nonsense!), but to the recently-published New York Times article on the fate of “orphan” blogs left by their owners. I actually have “orphaned” several blogs. Some of them I don’t even remember the addresses – I had one at […]

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Monday musings on employment, unemployment, and the such

Tweet Recently, it seems as if a new word has entered the recession-inspired lexicon. First we had “staycation,” then came “frugalistas” and “recessionistas.” Now, there’s “funemployment”. Los Angeles Times and SF Weekly both published features on the trend (and I have several friends who are taking time off to do their own thing). So while […]

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Hotwire: Book Hotels For Less

Tweet After researching several hotels (all 4-5-star properties, all at least $175-$200+ per night) for my parents, I decided to give Hotwire.com a try. For those unfamiliar with Hotwire.com, it’s a travel site that operates on an “opague” or “blind” model. Hotwire.com’s reservation system tells you the general location of a property and its rating, […]

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The good, the bad, and the ugly

Tweet My finances have fallen by the wayside. The Good: *cricket chirps* I am not living above my means (just, er, very close to it). I also finally set up automatic payments to my student loan. The Bad: Between all the costs for the apartment and the copious amounts of shopping and dining I’ve been […]

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Psychology of Presents to Parents

Tweet How’s that for alliteration?! For June (combination Father’s Day and Dad’s birthday), I’m sending my parents to a weekend getaway. Even though Mom and Dad explicitly told me that they “don’t need to stay in a nice hotel,” I feel weird sending them to anywhere that’s less than 4 stars. It’s not that I’m […]

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