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What I Learned From Living on Cash

What I Learned From Living on Cash

I have long preferred the simple swipe of plastic to handing over warm bills. (Doesn’t everyone?) Paying for things in cash is physically painful. As it should be. 

When others have asked, my excuse for avoiding cash…

Dear Visa, It’s Been Fun but…

Dear Visa, It’s Been Fun but…

Dear Visa,
It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you this: I think we need some time apart. 
Our whirlwind affair has been nothing short of thrilling. And there was a time when I really needed…

Why I Always Wait to Close the Deal

Why I Always Wait to Close the Deal

Simply put, I like to look. I once stalked designer wallets for a month before I bid on one on eBay (and got it!). I started looking at furniture for my New York City apartment weeks before I’d…

Confessions of a Serial Returner

Confessions of a Serial Returner

Most recently, it was a pair of turquoise jeans that didn’t feel like me. Before that, a sweater with a rough seam that escaped notice at the store. The black suede heels, while pretty, were never going to…

Why Cash Is the Best Gift

Why Cash Is the Best Gift

When it comes to gift giving, I like to keep things simple. For friends who love my homemade granola, gifting is simple. For my 20-something son working a new job in an expensive city, cash is simple (and very…

Why You Should Share Your Number

Why You Should Share Your Number

I don’t mince words. Never have. And trust me, it doesn’t always work in my favor. But while I can be quick and abrupt, I also waste no time with small talk. I’m willing…

Why I’ll Never Play the Lottery

Why I’ll Never Play the Lottery

I will never play the lottery. Why? Because I can’t think of anything worse than winning.
I realize this sounds crazy. It may even seem straight-up un-American. Not that everyone plays, but to be so vehemently…