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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tweet If you died suddenly, will your partner or spouse know how to fend for themselves in the midst of grief? Will your partner or family member know what your wishes were, will he/she have power of attorney to settle your affairs, access your accounts, have enough money to get through the first week, month, […]

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Tweet If the theme of 2012 for me is change – getting married, quitting job, moving cross-country for graduate school, then that of 2013 is uncertainty. As of right now, I don’t know where I will be for the summer, I don’t know what I’ll be doing for a full-time position in 2014, and I don’t […]

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Tweet So, I have survived my first term at business school! Fortunately, I did pretty darn well academically – I even managed to eke out a high B in my statistics class, which was the subject I was most concerned about. Recruiting is going reasonably well (knock on wood): I suit up most nights of […]

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Tweet You guys warned me, but I didn’t listen… long distance relationships are expensive! And most of those expenses fall into the form of cross-country airfare. When CB and I first decided to do this let’s-start-our-marriage-on-opposite-coasts deal, I thought we’d be fine seeing each other every couple of months. Now that we’ve been apart for […]

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Tweet Got 10 minutes? These unemployment stories from Gawker are definitely worth a read. Unemployment Stories Vol I: Hello from the Underclass Unemployment Stories Vol II: We are the Unseen As someone who has experienced a layoff, I’ve realized how important a career is to me, not only for financial reasons but also for personal […]

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Tweet There are many ways to conduct your finances as a married or other-wise-committed couple. The most common three ways (very aptly described in this Slate series) are: Common Potters or 100% combined finances, where everything goes into the same account and what’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine Independent Operators or 100% individual, where you […]

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Tweet I guest posted on Daisy’s blog on something that’s been sucking up a lot of my money lately: clothing alterations. But now that I see how properly tailored clothes fit and flatter, I am committed to making alterations a permanent part of my clothing budget. Let me know what you think!

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Tweet My current apartment is furnished with furniture thrifted from Craiglist, IKEA pieces, or hand-me-downs from the parents. In fact, our place has no piece of furniture that costs us more than $100. Now that I am moving across the country, I will need at least new furniture in my bedroom: a bed frame, mattress, […]

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Tweet From personal finance to financial independence Even though I have been blogging about money, saving, budgeting, and investing for several years, I never really believed that I can achieve “financial independence” until I am ready to, well, retire in my sixties. The concept of financial independence seems so far away, seems to require far […]

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