Posts tagged "Money"

5 Occasions In Which I Have Completely Wasted My Hard-Earned Money

Yesterday, I finally did something that I had been meaning to do for awhile: I walked into a Crunch Gym and canceled my membership. Which I had been paying for, for a year. And have never used once. Like, hadn't even picked up my membership card. Pathetic. When I think about how much money I…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 14, 2012

The Soapbox: Some Friendly Advice For That 22-Year-Old Girl Who Wishes She Was Poorer

Some thoughts for Taylor Cotter (the 22-year-old girl who wrote about wishing she could be poorer on the Huffington Post): Right now things kinda suck. I know. You wrote an oblivious-sounding piece about how you kind of wished you were getting the chance to be poor and scrappy in your 20s, like artistic people…
By: Kate Fridkis / July 16, 2012

This Successful 22-Year-Old College Graduate Kind Of Wishes She Could Just Be Poor

Here's a comforting thought: while our planet threatens to transmogrify into an Easy Bake oven, the world economy teeters on the edge of collapse, and Scientology is permitted to exist as a viable religion and way of life, there's a 22-year-old out there who's bummed out because she's never been poor. Taylor Cotter, a 2012…
By: Rachel Krause / July 11, 2012

The Dark, Seedy Side Of Cats On The Internet

When you leave your house everyday to go to work or school, you assume that your cat is keeping things in order, right? Like, maybe he's playing with a ball of string or has found the odd hair tie to chew on under your bed, but certainly he's not doing anything terribly unseemly. Not so,…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 21, 2012

Elizabeth Wurtzel Pens The Most Nasty, Judgmental Linkbait About Women You’ll Read Today

I am going to smack the next idiot who tells me that raising her children full time -- by which she really means going to Jivamukti classes and pedicure appointments while the nanny babysits -- is her feminist choice. This is how writer Elizabeth Wurtzel begins a piece on TheAtlantic.com entitled titled "1…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 15, 2012

How To Negotiate: 12 Steps To Negotiate A Zillion Times Better And Get What You Want

I wasn't always good at negotiating. As a writer, I was usually just delighted to be getting paid anything at all, so if I was told a freelance rate or a starting salary was standard or set in stone, I took it and I liked it, with the kind of deranged enthusiasm that you only…
By: Diana Vilibert / June 14, 2012

9 Celebrities Spending Money, Stupidly

A headline in the UK Sun that read "Curry In Surrey" informed me that Brad and Angelina spent almost $4,000 on curry and booze at a London restaurant.  A source at the Mogul in Bagshot curry house in Surrey said“There were five friends and two of their bodyguards there and they ordered a mountai…
By: The Frisky / June 9, 2012

The Millennial Generation Is Spending More Money Than Ever On Luxury Goods

We're broke, we're unemployed, we owe student loans, we're living off our parents, we have degrees in things like English and Philosophy, we're unprecedentedly narcissistic, and as if we couldn't get any more charming, all the money we do have we spend on luxury goods: welcome to Generation Y, bitches! The millennial epoch, composed of…
By: Rachel Krause / May 17, 2012

What Are You Doing With Your Tax Return?

I am celebrating today because I got my tax return in the mail and used it to pay off every cent of credit card debt that was hanging over me like a dark cloud. I won't say how much, but it was in the thousands. I bought a new computer, had some doctor's bills and…
By: Ami Angelowicz / May 15, 2012

Meet Daniel Suelo: The Man Who Gave Up Money

Twelve years ago, Daniel Suelo left his last $30 in a payphone and walked off into the desert. Daniel had decided that money was "an illusion" and no longer wanted to be a part of the capitalist financial system. So he decided to live off the grid -- way off the grid -- surviving off…
By: Julie Gerstein / April 27, 2012

Equal Pay Day Ryan Gosling Thinks You Should Ask For That Raise

Ryan Gosling memes never get old — especially not on Equal Pay Day, a date symbolizing the extra days a woman will have to work in 2012 in order to earn, on average, the same amount as a male counterpart did in 2011. You know, that "equal pay for equal work" stuff that…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 17, 2012

Money 101: Last-Minute Tax Tips, Tricks & Advice

Oh, hey there. Guess what day it is? April 17th! No, it's not my birthday. It's Tax Day! Alright, so maybe this isn't an occasion for excitement and joy, but whether you like it or not, taxes must be paid by midnight tonight (unless you are filing an extension or giving the finger to Uncle…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 17, 2012

Do Or Don’t: Buying Birthday Presents For Yourself

I was flipping through Lucky magazine this weekend (in the bath, actually! Amelia would be proud) and saw a gorgeous purse that literally made me gasp. The strap on my current purse broke recently, and this was the perfect new bag for me. The only problem? It costs $269, which is about $200 more…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 17, 2012

Average 2012 Prom Tab: $1K+

If you have a teenager nearing prom age, hopefully you've got good credit. Between dresses, flowers, limo rides, and hairdos, the average family with a teenager is expected to plunk down a whopping $1,078 on prom this year, up from $807 last year, according to a new Visa survey spotted by USA Today. "This i…
By: Newser / April 14, 2012

What It’s Like To Be A Billionaire — For A Day

riving in a Rolls Royce, getting a bodyguard, flying on a private plane: These aren't normally things that New York Times financial reporter Kevin Roose gets to do. But as a guy who writes about billionaires, he wanted a chance to live like one for 24 hours, he explains in a first-person article. It's a key "paradox" of…
By: Newser / April 7, 2012

Girl Talk: My Husband And I Have Separate Bank Accounts

My husband is my best friend in the world. I'm sure I've caused several cavities just by saying so, and can hear a few of you making gagging noises through my computer screen right now. But hey, it's true. He's amazing and he understands me better than anyone. He's the only person who doesn't annoy…
By: Sally McGraw / March 27, 2012

11 Mind-Blowing & Bank-Breaking Celebrity Shopping Sprees

Earlier this month, Jennifer Aniston popped into a vintage lighting store in New York City and dropped $20,000 on lights for her LA mansion (meanwhile, in Real People Land, we're debating whether or not to drop 30 bucks on a lamp from IKEA). Obviously $20K is nothing when you're a super rich celebrity like Aniston,…
By: The Frisky / March 26, 2012

Girl Talk: I Would Be Happy To Be The Breadwinner

Growing up, my parents made about the same amount of money, which wasn't all that much; we were solidly on the lower end of the middle class. As far as I was concerned, we were fine and when I would picture my life someday as an adult, I never imagined or aspired to make a…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 16, 2012

The Connection Between Wealth And Wanton

The term "classy" winks at, well, the upper class. When we say someone has "class," we mean to say that such a person is refined or even elegant in their behavior and the way they carry themselves, in a manner that's typical of a higher caste. It suggests that people who are born into, or…
By: Rachel Krause / February 28, 2012

Rich People Dilemma: Where Do I Display My Jean-Paul Gaultier Gold Bar?

My Jean-Paul Gaultier gold bar isn't like the rest of my gold bars. It's emblazoned with designer Jean-Paul Gaultier's name and logo, for chrissakes. That means it cost a premium -- like 10 percent more than the common gold bar, just because it has Gaultier's name on it. So of course I can't put it…
By: Julie Gerstein / January 17, 2012
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