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Canada Goose jackets are one of those divisive topics. You either think they’re a rip off, or you don’t. Regardless of which camp you’re in, the fact remains: it’s THE jacket brand for urban folks who want to stay warm and not look like the Michelin Man. Their value is debatable, but their ubiquity is unmistakable—try really hard, but you won’t be able to commute on the train without seeing at ...
Posted: Sep 21 2017 @ 8:32 AM
Confession: My student loan story is boring. It took me seven years to pay off 17k in student loan debt. Seven whole years. That’s a little over $200 paid per month. Meanwhile I get whiplash by so many awe-inspiring debt payoff stories like this or this. See? My story is unsexy in comparison. The $200 didn’t even include any interest I had to pay. Because it’s not like I bothered to calculate ...
Posted: Sep 18 2017 @ 11:06 AM
People tell you to spend your money on what you love. This is solid advice. As you know, I have no problem paying more for clothes that make me feel like me. Zach from Four Pillar Freedom has spent $400 on Chipotle this year because he loves it. Millennial Money Diaries, despite the common advice to cut lattes, thinks buying coffee is worth it. What you choose to spend your money ...
Posted: Sep 14 2017 @ 9:30 AM
I’ll admit it. My go-to lunches are extremely bougie. Quinoa? Avocados? I may live in a coastal bubble, but I know ingredients like that aren’t on the grocery lists of many of my fellow Americans. Because last time I checked avocados cost $1.50 for ONE. And that’s with the Amazon Whole Foods takeover. Avocados are sneaky. Remember when I was horrified my husband and I bought four avocados in one weekend? Bye, ...
Posted: Sep 11 2017 @ 6:55 AM
I’m a pretty flexible person. If you want to spend half your income on rent, then I’m cool with that. If you have an entire closet filled with fast fashion, that’s A-OK in my book. But there’s one thing I’m a stickler for and won’t stop harping on people about: negotiating for more money when you get a job offer. Why so serious, Luxe? Because a 10-minute conversation asking for more money can yield thousands ...
Posted: Sep 08 2017 @ 2:34 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: Sep 05 2017 @ 7:51 AM
My mom thinks that if she had $1,100 a month she’d be able to retire rich. That’s just $13,200 a year. To most people reading this that amount is poverty level. You need millions to retire, right? My mom and I have this tradition: since she can’t read or write, she puts any unfamiliar mail aside, waits for me to come visit, so I can then read the mail and explain ...
Posted: Sep 01 2017 @ 10:07 AM
Fall is right around the corner and instead of shopping for sweaters and boots I’m on the hunt for a pair of sandals. For next summer. What the what? Here’s the thing: I have enough sweaters and I don’t think I need any boots. I’m what you’d call, a Season-less Shopper, which means I shop for items that I want no matter if it’s the right season. For example, this summer ...
Posted: Aug 28 2017 @ 6:55 AM
As I’ve gotten better with money, here’s what I’ve noticed: spending money becomes less of a big deal. For example, summer’s winding down and I’m browsing online to see what I need for fall shopping. One of the bags I’m looking at costs over $1,000. It’s the type of purchase that would make my coworkers wonder how I bought it. Even though we all make about the same amount of money. Or ...
Posted: Aug 25 2017 @ 1:16 PM
I think I may be an Accidental Minimalist. I’ve never sought out to be a minimalist, but over the weekend I’ve realized that I may have been an unassuming minimalist this entire time. Over the years, I’ve naturally developed a system for making small, everyday decisions that simplify my life AND help out my wallet. Decisions that reduce the number of things I buy or help free up time so I ...
Posted: Aug 21 2017 @ 12:02 PM


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