I hit a milestone!

Hello and happy weekend, everyone! Today is a big day for me, because for the first time in forever, I am


(actually, a verrrrry small amount positive)


Continue reading “I hit a milestone!”

That card is costing you HOW much?

Recently, I got an email in my inbox letting me know that Delta and American Express were going out on tour to show how much they ❤ their customers. Since I was a Delta Skymiles American Express cardholder, I (and a friend of my choosing) would be able to get a free ice cream sandwich if I showed up at the date and time specified in the email. Now first off, I am never one to pass up free food–the joke/mantra in residency goes something like this:

If you see a chair, sit in it. If you see a bed, sleep in it. If you see food, eat it.

So of course, seeing that I could get ice cream on someone else’s dime (all because I picked up that card for the travel perks), I was more than willing to stop by after work. Lemme tell ya, #DeltaAmex did not disappoint! Continue reading “That card is costing you HOW much?”

Let’s talk about rent, baby: why living cheaply is so important for your financial future

When it comes to money management and budgeting, housing tends to occupy a large portion of the overall pie. For example, the median price for a 1 bedroom apartment in my neck of the woods is around $1400. But how much should one actually spend on rent? Apparently, lots of people want to know, since it’s the second suggested search that comes up when you type that into google. Continue reading “Let’s talk about rent, baby: why living cheaply is so important for your financial future”

Are we (all) a little obsessed with side hustles?


The online news outlet Quartz recently published an article called “Millennials are obsessed with side hustles,” which detailed–you guessed it–how the younger generation is all about having a second gig because their day jobs are so unfulfilling, or underpaid, or both.

It got me thinking… what motivates my desire for a side hustle? Obviously, I want Continue reading “Are we (all) a little obsessed with side hustles?”

Buy-Nothing Month Week 4: Wrap-up + the cost of commuting

Gorgeous (free) vista from a recent hike
Backstory: I’m wrapping up a month-long challenge: here’s the intro,  update 1 and update 2.
And here we are! We’ve made it to the end of May (and the end of my month-long challenge). For those of you reading in the States, I hope your weekend has been relaxing and that you’ve had time to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day (hint: it’s more than just grilling and sales promos at the local car dealership). If you have a minute, I’d highly recommend reading this article from the Washington Post.

Now, I have to tell y’all about a complete fail I had while commuting this week. Continue reading “Buy-Nothing Month Week 4: Wrap-up + the cost of commuting”

I washed a dry-clean-only dress, and the world did not end

How many times have you seen this:


and thought, “Great, now I have to shell out cash to get this thing cleaned”?

Well, friends, I’m here to tell you… you don’t have to listen to that tag. You can buck the system, and WASH that item! In your own washing machine!

Dryel be damned, I did just that Continue reading “I washed a dry-clean-only dress, and the world did not end”