Buy Everyone the Same Gift

It’ll make your holidays so much easier.

Want, Need, Wear, Read: How a Simple Saying Helps Me Keep My Holiday Spending Under Control

I allot around $50–75 to each category, for a total of $200–300 per kid.

Yesterday Was the Biggest Online Shopping Day in U.S. History

Did you make an online purchase on Cyber Monday?

Jeff Bezos Is a $100 Billionaire

Thanks, holiday shoppers!

How Mall Kiosk Workers Do Money

And how they sell you stuff you didn’t know you wanted.

Are Workplaces Destroying Leisure By Keeping Us Out of Shopping Centers?

I have so many thoughts on this, starting with “shopping is also work.”

Hot Boredom, or Why Trying to Save Money Sometimes Causes Me to Spend More

Buying something because you’re tired of asking yourself whether you should buy it.

Getting What You Pay For

My MacBook was more expensive, but it’s outlasted my parents’ discount laptops.

My Mother, the Clearance Queen

How my mother’s shopping philosophies shaped my spending habits.

Will Amazon Lockers Be the Hot New Apartment Amenity?

I get the appeal of having your Amazon packages safely contained inside a locker instead of, say, piled underneath the mailboxes.