Essays & Thoughts

5 Important Reminders For Anyone Feeling Discouraged Or Anxious About Money

I have found, often, that within the first few pages of any finance book, the author barks at you to face your numbers. But the fact of the matter is this: if facing your bank account was so easy, you would have done it already. When I decided I needed to make a budget, I …

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A Cleaner’s Perspective On All The Ways Tourists Waste Money

Being a cleaner is an unglamorous job that gives you plenty of insight into other people’s lives. I’ve been working a holiday season in a high-end mountain resort, cleaning different rental properties from chalets to studios. Having this job means I couldn’t help but notice some wasteful habits people have, especially when staying in a …

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The “Once In A Lifetime” Experience I Seriously Regret

In October 2016, I was overcome by the desire to get out of my situation. I was in my second year of university, studying law and English literature (I live in Australia, where we can choose to do law as an undergraduate degree), and was working 20-hour weeks on top of a full-time course load …

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3 Financial Lessons I Only Learned From Traveling Alone For The First Time In My 20s

I like to consider myself a well-traveled person. As an only child with an extended family spread across the mid-Atlantic, my childhood holidays were usually accompanied by long car rides and one or two nights in the local chain hotel. My parents also really value their vacation time, and, when not traveling out of necessity, …

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