Death by a hundred subscriptions

Dog stuff. Snacks. Makeup. Gaming gear. Apartments. Cars. Everything has become a subscription box. It seems like the trend may have passed but companies like Dollar Shave Club are getting acquired by huge brands who either see subscriptions as an opportunity or threat to their business. Subscriptions can be useful for things we need every…

How I track my finances

I’m really into personal finance. The personal finance subreddit is where I frequent most, just scrolling through to read people’s finance questions and see their budgets. I’ve always thought about money. My parents had to force me to spend birthday money because otherwise I’d save it in a lockbox under my bed. They never told…

It could be worse

When something bad or annoying happens I’ve been trying to look at it another way. Rather than getting upset that the vet visit was $300, I say to myself “$300 is a lot better than what it would cost if she needed surgery”. Then the $300 sounds like a small sum compared to what it…

How to spot a dropshipping site

I saw someone on Reddit mention a weekender-style bag and how they wanted to get it. The minute I landed on the site, I could tell it was a dropshipper. Since I work with a variety of eCommerce companies, it’s easy for me to tell the real thing from a dropshipper. But for many people…

Want less, feel better

In short: the less you want, the less money you spend and the less time you need to work. If you don’t desire a huge house, a nice car, even small things like buying a soap dish or a new welcome mat, you’ll spend less. When you spend less, you have more money. When you…

What I hope to accomplish by 2030

My desires may change, but so far I have a few goals to hit by 2030: Have a house and land I’ve always wanted my own land. The tricky part is picking where and when to pull the trigger. Right now we’re leaning towards the Pacific Northwest, but we’ve also never been up there, so…

My thoughts on clothes

I hate to admit, but when I was in middle and high school nearly all my purchases were made with the thought “I wonder what others will think of this”. I had dozens of shirts from Threadless, skateboarding and surfing shirts, and skate shoes. I wanted my clothes to say something about me. I think…

How I’ve learned to spend more

How I’ve learned to spend more

I used to be extremely cheap, as in I took the toilet paper rolls from the business school stalls so I didn’t have to buy my own. I’m still very cheap, but I’ve learned that being cheap has additional costs. I’ve shifted to becoming more frugal. I spend more on things I value and spend…