Musings On A Not-So-Small House

A few months ago, I posed a question to blog readers: What Does One Put In a 10,000 Square Foot House? Some people pointed me over to Sarah Susanka’s works (The Not So Big House series), which I found fascinating. I interviewed Susanka, and will have some insights from her in The Money Book (the title is in flux again. I’m starting to think it might be… read more »

An Early Round-up: You Have Time To Write That Novel (Or Work a Low-Wage Job?)

I’m posting this week’s round-up on Thursday instead of Friday because tomorrow I will be…closing on a house. Yes, we’ve decided to take the plunge and purchase a home in Gladwyne, PA. My husband has been working in the greater Philly area for quite a while now, and so since I can work anywhere, we wanted to make the commute easier for… read more »

The US Budget — And Ours

As I’m posting this, President Obama is supposed to be addressing the nation (OK, those of us who can watch a speech at 1:35PM on a weekday) about the federal budget. The US government has been spending more than it’s been taking in for years. The question is what to do about it.
Pundits often like to compare the government’s finances to a hou… read more »

Do New Parents Exercise?

Lisa Belkin’s Motherlode blog over at the New York Times covered an interesting topic this week: whether having young children corresponds with an increase in unhealthy behaviors. She highlights a study from Pediatrics finding that moms (the majority of whose children were less than 1 year old) move less and drink more sugary drinks than non-paren… read more »

Kids and Chores

So I interviewed Prof. Lewis Mandell last week for my money book (now, called again, Laughing at the Joneses… it will come out with a title, I swear!) His research has found that kids who get non-conditional allowances do worse on financial literacy tests than kids who get conditional allowances (for doing chores) or don’t get allowances at all… read more »