“I Don’t Believe in Owing”: How James McBride Does Money

I knew I was rich when I said I wanted a pair of jeans and I went to the store and I said, give me two of them.

Considering Our Retirements

The Washington Post has a new-ish section focused on money, and most of it (as money sections tend to be) is currently focused on retirement. Their latest retirement column says that people who get advice on their 401(k) are generally better savers than people who don’t.

The Cost of Things: A Vasectomy!

A Conversation With Anna Sale About ‘Death, Sex & Money’

Death, Sex & Money is a new podcast by WNYC’s Anna Sale and you should probably be listening to it. As the name suggests, its raison d’etre is discussing those taboo topics that are frequently on our minds but seldom in our conversations (just like The Billfold!). The first three episodes address topics often addressed here, like realizing you can no longer afford to live in New York, pursuing a creative career despite financial hardships and long odds, and, of course, having a former Republican Senator intervene in your love life. (That last one was featured on This American Life.)

Anna was good enough to take some time to talk with me about the podcast, taboos, shame, and the challenges of adulthood.