Exploring Money Psychology with Students

“So why did we just do this?” I heard a student mutter to his neighbor. When I responded, “that's a good question,” this student’s eyes got big and a deep shade of red fell over his face.  I believe it’s perfectly reasonable for a student (or employee sitting in a meeting) to question the rationale… Continue reading Exploring Money Psychology with Students

Forgiving Money Mistakes

After recognizing and confronting my “money neuroticism,” I’ve taken a break from obsessing about money. In my last post I observed how “the ruthless pursuit of statistics and numbers can cloud the true goal of FI -- freedom,” so I’m actively focusing on the big picture of financial independence. By consciously adopting a looser approach… Continue reading Forgiving Money Mistakes

Why We’re Not Having a Frugal Wedding…But How We’re Keeping Some Costs Down

Personal Finance bloggers are known to buck trends representative of middle-class lifestyles and signs of status. They downsize their homes even as their income grows, sell their cars and bike to work instead, refuse to buy consumer goods for a whole year, and countless other examples that defy mainstream narratives of "success." The expectation to… Continue reading Why We’re Not Having a Frugal Wedding…But How We’re Keeping Some Costs Down

4 Kitchen and Grocery Store Hacks to Save Time and Money

I didn’t invent these “hacks” for saving time in the kitchen or grocery store, but I’ve found myself talking to friends about simple systems and tips for making shopping, cooking, and cleaning easier. Since meal planning and prepping can be a major way families cut back on spending in their budget, these strategies may work… Continue reading 4 Kitchen and Grocery Store Hacks to Save Time and Money

How To Start A Clothes Buying Ban

I could go on for hours about the personal and environmental benefits of a clothes buying ban. Simply choosing to refuse to buy clothes, shoes, and accessories for 15 months (with some exceptions) helped me learn so much.  The ironic thing was that during my ban I never said the phrase, “I don’t have anything… Continue reading How To Start A Clothes Buying Ban

Why I Did a Clothes Buying Ban (and you* should too!)

Why Should You Do A Clothes Buying Ban? If you look into a packed closet and struggle to find something to wear, a clothes buying ban is for you. If you find yourself constantly browsing online stores and adding more to your cart just to get free shipping, a clothes buying ban is for you.… Continue reading Why I Did a Clothes Buying Ban (and you* should too!)

Summer Budget Busters or: How I’m Learning To Stop Worrying and Love (Some) Spending

This year is almost halfway over and I’m delighted to announce that my personal spending is lower than last year in every category of my budget. And without the worry of paying off my private student loan (I bid them good riddance in December!), the balances in my savings and investment accounts are higher also.… Continue reading Summer Budget Busters or: How I’m Learning To Stop Worrying and Love (Some) Spending

Money Narratives: Power Systems and Individual Actions

More than one thing can be true at once, but what is the weight we give truths when we tell our stories? American and “World” History classes dominated my teaching schedule for the first few years of my career (I put World History in quotation marks because of the prominence of Western European events and… Continue reading Money Narratives: Power Systems and Individual Actions