Musings on Traffic and the Schuylkill Expressway

Though we intend to buy a second car soon, we are currently still operating with one. This is mostly my fault, as I am having a very hard time getting my head around the idea of driving a minivan. As of October, I will have three children who require car seats or booster seats, and I know that minivans are very practical. I also know that what kind of car you drive says… read more »

Buying in Bulk

We joined Costco last summer. Going there as a dweller of a 1500 square foot urban apartment, featuring a very small freezer at the bottom of my refrigerator, always struck me as a torment Dante should have anticipated for the acquisitive, yet semi-organized. You want what you cannot have. You constantly weigh whether 3 lbs of organic ground beef is a better u… read more »

Do Fathers Work Longer Hours?

Today’s USA Today highlights a new report from the Families and Work Institute which claims that fathers with kids at home are more likely to work longer hours than other men.
According to the USA Today piece, “These fathers work, on average, 47 hours a week, compared with 44 for men who either don’t have children or don’t live with t… read more »

"To live as a poor man with lots of money"

I found a great quote the other day (attributed to Pablo Picasso, but who knows with the internet): “I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”
What this gets at is the problem of the hedonic treadmill. As our standard of living improves, the story goes, we become less able to experience joy in small pleasures. It’s not just a ma… read more »

The Fine Line Between Stuff and Experience

As part of doing my research for All The Money In The World, I’ve been reading a lot of studies on money and happiness. It is a truism of this literature that experiences make us happier than things. We anticipate experiences, and enjoy replaying them afterwards. Repeated happy experiences also have the upside in that they are always slightly differen… read more »