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…

Money, morals and compromise

I’ve been thinking a lot about unscrupulous people, morality and principles, and jobs. I like to think I wouldn’t compromise my principles for a job, but when you’re in a situation where you are desperate for money, you’re left to decide if you want to pay rent or stick to your values 100%. After reading…

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…

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…

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…

The psychological tactics American Airlines used to try to get me to buy trip insurance

I recently purchased a flight from American Airlines. Right as you’re about to purchase, they offer trip insurance. I noticed a few ways American Airlines is trying to persuade me to purchase this insurance for $22.75. Social Proof “91,017 American Airlines customers protected their trip in the last 7 days” First off, it’s in green…