How a Teacher in Tennessee Does Money

I am trying to find the balance between splurging and really needing to replace long-worn out items. Where is it?

How a Woman Working for the New York City Government Does Money

My parents were immigrants and they worked very hard, like 12+ hour days, on less than minimum wage, so I know first-hand how important the value of money is. That’s why I don’t live extravagantly and always live within my means.

How A Music Therapist With Four Jobs and $200K In Loans Does Money

In total I have $36K and $18K in private loans, owed to 2 different banks. It gets to the point when you’re like, “It probably makes more sense for me to pay my loans than to buy vegetables, because I don’t want to miss a payment and fall into a bad situation with my credit.” So I was eating a lot of ramen.

How a Couple Earning $360K Does Money

“Even though we are comfortable, it feels like we’re floating in space and not heading anywhere.”

On Deciding Mortgages Are For Suckers & Using Money To DWYL Instead

My friend dying inspired me, my brother, and another friend to give up our day jobs and become self-employed. I think all of us suddenly thought, ‘Hang on a minute, life’s too short. You need to try the things you’re thinking about doing.’

How a 27-Year-Old Worrying About Lifestyle Inflation Does Money

It was probably immediately post college when I got really determined to pay off that credit card debt and never miss a payment on my student loans, all on a $12/hr fellowship wage commuting from the VA suburbs.

How a Faith Healer Does Money

Jason Cooper is a traveling faith healer and speaker/pastor at Cityreach Schenectady who lives with his wife and two daughters in a condo in Schenectady, NY.

How a Bay Area Engineer Who Decided It’s Not Worth It Anymore Does Money

I’m coming to the conclusion that it’s not worth it anymore. Everyone is overworked and stressed and we never have time to see each other because there is always a deadline.

How a Research Manager Preparing to Live on a Houseboat in Cairo Does Money

“One time we desperately needed money for operations, and went to a guy who literally DUG WADS OF NOTES OUT OF THE GROUND to change our money.”

How a Woman Who Prioritizes Savings Over Debt Repayment Does Money

I’d rather have the flexibility of (not quite, but soon!) $10,000 in the bank rather than $10,000 in loans, for the relatively low cost of $2,000 in interest. I’m risk-adverse.