Monthly Archive: August 2022

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Why We Bought A NEW Car

We bought a new car. Not a “new to us” car, not a “nearly new” car, an actual factual brand new 2022 Subaru Outback. But Liz–you’re now fretting– don’t you know that: Buying a brand new car has to be one of the worst financial decisions a person can make. Buying a new car is like shooting yourself in the foot not once, not twice, but three times. Here’s why: The mark-up on new cars is...

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My Ever-Evolving Relationship With My Clothes

I have a hectic relationship with clothing. In my 20s and early 30s, I worshipped it. I stuffed the closets of our various rental apartments with beaded slip-on loafers I bought at an outdoor market in Strasbourg, France; a vintage bubblegum-pink stewardess dress I liberated from a Goodwill in rural Kansas; a red Banana Republic raincoat I found (with tags on) at a consignment store in Boston. Recently, a number of readers–mostly also young (am...

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Reader Case Study: Rock Climber Seeks the Freelance Life

Sam loves her outdoorsy life in Salt Lake City, Utah and is an avid rock climber, hiker, trail runner, ultimate frisbee player and skier. On the professional side, she manages content creation for a company that manufactures work-at-height equipment for careers in vertical spaces. She enjoys her job and the stability it provides, but craves a more independent lifestyle. She wants to explore the possibility of becoming a freelance video producer in order to be...

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Family Day Trips And Other July 2022 Expenses

After nine years of pandemic isolation, we decided this would be the summer of family day trips! Our kids hadn’t been to any of the area museums or towns or restaurants or libraries due to: a) pandemic; b) being babies before the pandemic. We’ve made up for that dearth of activity in force. Swimming, beaches, paddle boarding, museums, hiking, breweries, ice cream shops, mini summer camps–we’ve done it all! And paid for it all. Remember...