John Cheese on Being Poor

I am, once again, doing the kind of frantic budgeting in which having $50 left for a month's worth of groceries is actually good news. What expenses can I cut? What do I absolutely have to spend money on? What will actually be possible without someone laughing hysterically at my income and credit history? The kind of crazy budgeting with margins so narrow that moving to Paganistan looking for better opportunities suddenly seems financially unfeasible because "Oh Gods, I'd have to buy a winter … [Read more...]

Talkin’ Bout My Generation

Let's get the obvious out of the way first and set the mood:I'm a Millennial. Gen Y, if you will. Y? Y not? With two older Gen X sisters and being born practically on the cusp, I spent my childhood desperately wanting to be part of Gen X. When I was old enough to be able to listen to my own music, after listening to my parents country and oldies all my life, I hungrily sought out Madonna, The Cure, Beastie Boys and discovered Nirvana 6 years after Cobain's death. It took me awhile to … [Read more...]