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Some of the links below are affiliate links. Clicking through and purchasing through these links will support the site, thanks! *** I don’t buy holiday gifts anymore. But just because I don’t buy them doesn’t mean it’s not fun to look. And just because gifts aren’t for me, doesn’t mean they can’t be for you. […] The post 2017 Gift Guide: 20 Affordable Gifts for Discerning Millennials appeared first on THE ...
Posted: Nov 22 2017 @ 5:54 PM
Expensive things are happening at Chateau de Luxe. Let me count the ways: on November 2nd, at exactly 9am, my husband snagged us a coveted dinner reservation for $367. In late October, I bought two tickets to a money conference for $378. And if you’ve noticed I’ve been quiet on social media lately, it’s because […] The post I Just Spent $3,000 in Three Weeks. Here’s How I’m Dealing With It. ...
Posted: Nov 17 2017 @ 6:55 AM
If you think about it, personal finance is kind of obvious: Spend less than you earn, then invest the rest. Boom, done. But obvious doesn’t automatically equal action. If so, I think we’d all be pretty rich already. Most of our financial scripts are learned through the people around us: people on TV, our friends, […] The post Clueless About Saving' Here Are Seven Steps to Start. appeared first on THE ...
Posted: Nov 13 2017 @ 6:55 AM
Whenever I hear someone talk about wanting to buy more expensive clothes, they usually say, “I’m tired of clothes that fall apart.” And I can’t really relate. My clothes tend not to fall apart easily. Not even when I bought a lot of fast fashion stuff. Well, except for those J. Crew tissue tees. But that’s because tissue cotton is basically as durable as well, a tissue. So do cheaper clothes really fall ...
Posted: Nov 07 2017 @ 7:58 AM
Happy weekend! Today I’m doing something that’s a little bit different. Lately I’ve found some interesting nuggets around the web that I’ve been dying to share with my readers. The problem is, I felt like I didn’t really have a space to share small ideas that aren’t full-on posts. So last week, I brought up the idea of adding these little thought nuggets to my newsletter. Many readers wrote back ...
Posted: Nov 04 2017 @ 1:12 PM
What happens when someone who’s “good at money” tracks their spending the old school way? With a pen and paper and not using an automated system like Mint? Inspired by the Man Repeller and Refinery29 money diaries, I thought it’d be fun to see what happens when I track my spending for a weekend. Although I’m conscious about my overall spending, I’m at a point where I don’t feel the ...
Posted: Oct 27 2017 @ 12:26 PM
I have a pretty nice “rags to riches” origin story. My parents were uneducated immigrants. Even after living in the US for over 30 years they’re still…working class. One of my earliest memories is of a swarm of cockroaches crawling up my arm. Our apartment had an infestation problem, and as a lonely child, the roaches were my “friends.” My high school guidance counselor saw where I lived once. The next day at ...
Posted: Oct 24 2017 @ 11:05 AM
As you know, I like to live dangerously. And is there anything more risky than buying things on final sale? I’ve been living on the edge ever since my friend told me about how she bought a pair of shoes, wore them, them decided they were in fact, the wrong size. Then somehow the credit card company REIMBURSED her 100% for the shoes. Like magic. My friends, this under-the-radar credit card perk ...
Posted: Oct 20 2017 @ 6:45 AM
When I was in my early 20s, I thought I was invincible. Twice my peers tried to scare me into getting a 401k or a Roth IRA. “Don’t you want to not work when you’re old?” But they were promptly ignored. “Getting old doesn’t happen to people like me, therefore, I do not have to save.” What a little punk, right? From the time I was 14 until I was 20, I worked ...
Posted: Oct 16 2017 @ 11:29 AM
If I told you that buying a T-shirt was a 12-step process, you’d probably think I was a maniac. What is there to think about? You just drive to the nearest store and grab one that fits you and your budget. Snap decisions like that can totally work out from time to time. Like when I impulse-bought a Dries Van Noten weekender bag and five years later still love it. Or ...
Posted: Oct 13 2017 @ 8:49 AM


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