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I Used To Think I Need…

Tweet Inspired by this post from Where My Soul Belongs: Here are four things I used to think I need… and now I realized I don’t, anymore. 1. Meat to “complete” a meal Growing up, a meal wasn’t a meal unless it included meat. I love meat and have no intention of ever giving it […]

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Getting fired… as a bridesmaid

Tweet Yuuuuups, that just happened to me. My friend sent me a very nice email saying that because I’ve been so busy and am far away, she’d rather I have a great time at the wedding as a guest and not have to worry about bridesmaid obligations. I’m not angry or upset, but I do worry […]

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To Kid or Not to Kid – How did you figure it out?

Tweet And by kid, I don’t mean joke. It’s a question that I am examining more closely now that I am one year shy of 30. That age is not an arbitrary marker, and I haven’t been hit by any case of “baby fever”, but my rational mind is piping up. If I know I […]

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How to help a friend in an abusive situation

Tweet Hello blog friends, I need some help. I have a friend who is in a relationship with a man who we all thought was nice and charming the first few months that we knew him. It turns out that he has anger issues and has abused my friend physically (she described one instance of […]

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Adding one more grad school to the mix

Tweet From one-income to… one-income I get my MBA next May, and I’ve been really looking forward to being (higher-earning) DINKS again once I graduate business school, but it appears that we’re going to be single-income for a while longer – but for good reason! CB got into the graduate program he applied to. He will […]

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Iceland Beckons

Tweet Just planned my post-New Year’s vacation: New York City and Reykjavik, Iceland! Why Iceland? This was a pretty impulsive decision – I saw a deal on Travelzoo, decided I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland, realized I had enough time in my winter break to do so, and thought, “heck, why not? I’m saying YES […]

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Simplifying My Financial Life

Tweet In the interest of crafting a life of deeper happiness and less busywork, I’m trying to simplify my personal finances so I can spend fewer hours on money management and more time on… other things I enjoy. This means I have: Put my main credit card on auto-payment Paid off my other credit cards […]

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Choosing happiness, changing my attitude (towards money)

Tweet I went to Washington D.C. a few weekends ago, and it was gorgeous. Just look at this pictures – and those four perfect little puffs of clouds! Ever since I’ve accepted a full-time offer of employment from my summer employer (and had some rather intense/shaky conversations in my personal life), I have been thinking […]

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Things that jolt you into action

Tweet My grandfather passed away last week. Even though I am sad he is gone, I am glad that he had a very full 89 years and a relatively peaceful, painless death. His death has really jolted me into understanding the mortality of my parents, who are turning 60 this year. SIXTY! I’ve always had […]

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How do you decide where to live?

Tweet For most of us, where we lived during our childhood was not our decision. We lived where our parents (or other primary caretakers) lived, and that’s that. For some of us, college is the first time when we might have a little bit more choice of where to settle, and once we are financially […]

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Egg-freezing to extend fertility

Tweet Over breakfast, as we chatted about my career goals and caught up on each others’ lives, a mentor of mine recommended I consider freezing my eggs. (I was really happy that I did not order scrambled eggs for my entree). “We’ve had trouble conceiving,” my 40-something mentor told me, “in hindsight, we should have […]

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One extra hour a day – name your price!

Tweet Yesterday was the day when we all set our clocks one hour ahead for Daylight Savings Time – effectively losing the one hour that we will then gain back in November (“spring forward, fall back”). Because school has calmed down significantly since recruiting ended and I didn’t have any big assignments due today, this […]

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Is There a Stigma Against Separate Checks?

Tweet I ask because I saw an advice column in SELF magazine on how to deal with dining-with-friends-and-money situations, especially with the sticky situation of a friend who ordered a pricey entree and wants to split the bill with someone who munched on a salad. I don’t disagree with SELF’s advice, but perhaps dining out is more awkward […]

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Improving Finances By Moving to Lower Cost of Living Area

Tweet It’s amazing how much cost of living differs from locale to locale. A $100,000 salary would mean you are sitting pretty in Des Moine, Iowa. That same salary, while still substantial compared to the wider population, may leave you scrambling (if you are not careful) in Manhattan or San Francisco. I would know – […]

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