Category: Money

Can money buy you balance?

I’m not a big fan of the phase “work-life balance.” It implies that the two concepts (work and life) take up equal space, which is not the case for most people. With 168 hours a week, if you sleep 8 per night (56 per week) that leaves 112 for other things. You’d need to be working 56 hours per week for work and the rest of life to be truly “balanced.R… read more »

Round-up: The idea machine

To my new readers of this blog: welcome! Every Friday, I post a round-up of my writing from other places, any media mentions, and other interesting tidbits. I’ve been exploring a lot of cool money blogs over the past few weeks, so I’m going to start posting links to those as well. I’m always looking for more fodder, so feel free to send ideas.… read more »

The New Tupperware

A few years ago, I went to a Tupperware party in a friend’s apartment. It was a somewhat surreal experience. The official Tupperware representative was a middle-aged suburban woman sent in to this tiny apartment filled with Manhattan 20-somethings, most of whom  — or perhaps all of whom — had never been to such a thing before. What I remember… read more »

After debt freedom

When I started researching All the Money in the World, one of the first things I noticed about the shelves of personal finance books out there is that most seem concerned with getting out of debt. Dave Ramsey, in particular, has a whole program for doing a “debt snowball” to attack the smallest debts first, with “gazelle-like intensity.&… read more »

Someone else’s budget

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young man (or woman) in possession of a desire to better his finances must soon be in want of a budget. A big chunk of personal finance literature is devoted to teaching how to examine what is coming in (let’s call it “X”) and then how to divvy up X into different budget buckets. These buckets are as… read more »