Privilege and Money

We were all sitting around the table, steaming dishes heaped full of rice and water buffalo. I was slowly eating through the pieces of liver on my plate, a delicacy reserved for important guests, so I was trying not to offend my host by gagging. “What are your plans,” she asked us, and we told […]

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Don’t Wait, Automate!

You got a promotion at work, you started side hustling, you got your tax return and you’re ready to celebrate! You pop the champagne, head out for a meal, and treat yo’ self. Besides, you can afford it now, right? It’s easy to turn over our pockets at the end of the month and wonder […]

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First Time Car Buyer’s Wild Ride

I think most of us have our first car near and dear to our hearts. I was lucky to be able to drive my family’s Mitsubishi Expo during the later years of college. Talk about glamour. Prestige. My friends loved it or hated it, loved it because if you sat in the front seat it […]

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On Budgeting

“Hi Mechanic,” my friend’s voice played over the voicemail, “I am going to Japan for six months, and was wondering if you had any advice on how to handle finances while abroad,” My heart beat faster, excitement coursing through me. Three of my favorite things: Travel, finance, and giving actually solicited advice! Is this real […]

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Don’t Climb The Ladder; Take the Elevator

In the last few months, I have applied to several jobs. I talked to recruiters, endured phone screens, coded up a couple take-home tests, whiteboarded, live coded, and answered probing questions such as: what are your biggest weaknesses? and who would you want to play you if your life was made into a motion picture? […]

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The Ultimate Flowchart

At some point after becoming an adult, you wish there was an instruction booklet or something telling you exactly what you need to know. People will tell you, “It depends on the situation!” and you will say, “Yeah, yeah, I know, so what should I do for my situation?” Eventually, you go off and get a financial […]

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Frugal Roots

My parents set the example for frugality. I’m sure my dad had a mental catalog of every item in the grocery store and how much it should cost. After shopping for our staples at King Soopers, our local Kroger mart, we’d walk across the street to Safeway because milk and bagels were cheaper there. We never […]

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