paleo diet
I know I’m probably going to get killed in the comments for this, but I like being conventionally attractive. It’s an easy life.

May 2, 2013 at 1:00pm | 1100 comments

student loans
Unless you needed some highly specialized major, you probably could have gotten your degree at a more affordable university closer to home. You might have even been able to live with your parents, like I did.
I was unemployed and attending college. My husband was working full-time at just a few cents above minimum wage. We could barely afford ourselves.

Sep 17, 2014 at 11:00am | 677 comments

If you make $33,000 a year, the truth is, you are actually in the top 50% of wage-earners.
New research looks at the connections between obesity and economics, and big surprise, it turns out things are more complicated than just "personal responsibility" and "eating too much."
I’ve come home to the yellow eviction notice on the door, and lived out of a van for awhile, and I never once looked “homeless.”

Aug 20, 2014 at 12:00pm | 555 comments

I’m 32 years old and my family still takes care of me. If it ever was one, it’s not a secret anymore.
After nearly seven years of living strictly within this budget, the Sappers have accumulated $50,000 in emergency savings, maxed out their IRAs each year, paid off their house and hit other key financial milestones.
The fact is that a large percentage of us have no clue what to do with money because we’ve never really had to deal with it, and we don’t know how to handle it.
It can feel gross to celebrate your success when so many people are out of work. But we need to celebrate our accomplishments. And we need to not feel bad about living the way we want to live.
sex work
I did a lot of shopping, bought a lot of drugs. I made more money than I’d ever made -- or even seen -- in my entire life, and all of it cash.
People keep sending me this debt relief Facebook ad that's illegally using my picture, but joke's on them because I've changed my ways!
And aren't you lucky to have it?
I want to hug you in your white dress and dance with your relatives and potentially make out with a groomsman. Really, I do.
According to the USDA, a man, woman and 6-year-old child spend $476.30 on groceries -- on the “thrifty” plan. So at $129.99, I’ll be putting my unconventional money-saving philosophies to the test.

Jun 6, 2012 at 11:01am | 304 comments

I’m 37 years old and married without kids—and I haven’t worked in four years. That feels like a confession. I didn’t expect to be living like this in my 30s, but not working has worked out for me.
My friend Amy mentioned that I might try a method advocated by a flamboyant Russian hairdresser we both worked for over a decade ago: no sex before you’ve gone on 10 dates or he has spent $1,000 on you.
I'm a huge advocate of women talking about money -- and their salaries specifically -- loudly and publicly as a means of fighting the gender wage gap.

Jun 20, 2012 at 3:00pm | 288 comments

DIY is not always cheaper. Or better. Or sustainable. Or even very much fun.

Jan 7, 2013 at 12:30pm | 287 comments

I spend a TON of time (and a healthy chunk of cash, I've realized) maintaining the face I’ve chosen to present to the world.

Feb 26, 2013 at 9:00am | 286 comments