Oh my god — it will be a dramatic day of posts

I had a bunch of stuff I wanted to post today, but I just threw it out the window after I saw some new emails come in. Yesterday, I wrote about the guy who bought a car, got ripped off, and was embarrassed. Check out the comments on that post, which are excellent. Well, a lot has happened since then. ...

Guy gets ripped off, is embarrassed

Here's an email I got just now (names changed). I need a little help. Well actually a lot of help. My friend got suckered into a TERRIBLE car deal. I mean bad. I don't know all the details but I know he has a contract for 6 years on a $20,000 car with a APR of 17.something%, and ...

Food and personal finance are similar (part 2)

Earlier this month, I wrote how food and personal finance are similar. Now check out a few excerpts from yesterday's New York Times Magazine article on nutrition, which also has lots of parallels to money: Humans deciding what to eat without expert help — something they have been doing with notable success since coming down out of the trees — is seriously ...

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Conscious spending: How my friend spends $21,000/year on going out

A few weeks ago, a couple of friends and I were talking about where we want to travel this year, and one of them said something that surprised me. "You probably wouldn't approve, but I want to go to the Caribbean this year." Huh? Why wouldn't I approve? I thought about this in a pensive stare for many moments, taking ...

Tomorrow I’m going to tell you 4 stories

Tomorrow I'm going to tell you 3 stories about friends of mine and one about me. We're all recent college grads. The shoe lover. One of them spends over $5,000/year on shoes The partier. Another spends over $400/week going out (that's about $21,000/year) The subscription nut. And the third friend has a Tivo subscription, Rhapsody ...