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Reasons you should cook for yourself

In the spirit of living in the present and doing today what shouldn’t wait until tomorrow, one of the areas we sometimes forget to pay attention to is food, both eating but especially cooking. When we’re new to living on our own, or get busy with everything else we have to deal with, it’s easy

Retail therapy!

Retail therapy is definitely a thing. There’s a dopamine hit from shopping that more than a few of us seek out when we’re feeling stressed in one way or another. With online stores, we even have the pleasure of opening gifts to ourselves a day or a week later. The problem, of course, comes when

Spark joy with your wallet

My new motorcycle arrived late last week. When I started this journey in the spring, I wasn’t sure how long I was going to stick with it, and I certainly wasn’t intending on buying a bike this soon. It’s a little more powerful than I was thinking for a first real bike and I definitely

Easy money come, easy money go

Last month, we met SW from ND when they shared a number of safety tips learned from their sex work career but relevant to any of our lives when we decide to start spending intimate time with someone we don’t yet know well. There’s a piece of advice for just you that I held back,

Is it worth the money?

We’ve talked this week about something not worth spending money on, and something maybe worth spending money on. How do you decide what’s actually worth spending your money on? Whether you’re buying a treat or deciding whether a particular necessity really is necessary, there are a number of things to keep in mind to figure

Budget redux

Money money money. It’s the time of year when I start thinking about gathering up all of my tax documents and emerging from post-holiday bill season, so I like to take another look at my budget and make sure I’m on track. I’m sure many of you have your own reminders of when you need

Oh no! A layoff!

Condition Orange Preparedness, who you’ve heard me mention before, is expanding their focus to talk about all sorts of emergencies that a person might need to defend themselves against instead of just those that affect physical personal safety. Brenda Peterson is going to lead their first new offering, and I’m really excited about it because

When You Can’t

Sometimes, we can’t take care of ourselves. I’m not talking about the days when we struggle to get out of bed or do the chores or pay the bills. I’m talking about when we’re actually physically or mentally disabled so far that we are incapable of making decisions. It may be the result of an

Bonus Season!

For those of us who are gainfully employed (yay), this is also often the time of year when it’s common to see overtime, raises, and bonuses (double yay). If you’re lucky enough to be one of those, it can be challenging to figure out what to do with that windfall, especially if you tend to

Beating the Holiday Scammers

This time of year is rife with scammers, pretending to collect for various charities and causes. They can range from people trying to get money for organizations that don’t actually exist or who won’t actually receive what is collected, to folks using false tearjerker stories to raise money for their personal use. This time of

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