Where I Got Published This Week

Bankrate

How to maximize credit card rewards

Haven Life

How to deal with your guilt about money

Lifehacker

How Your Strict Budget Can Become a Time Suck

These Airports Let You Meet Your Family and Friends at the Gate

How to Get an Airline Gate Pass

Order Multiple Versions of Something and Return the Ones You Don’t Want

Use Friday to Plan the Following Week

Vox

I’ve eaten a meal replacement shake twice a day for two years. Here’s what it was like.

I got OK BOOMERED on that piece about ordering multiple versions of something and sending back the ones that don’t work, which might have been fair. Curious what you think about that whole thing. I know that Amazon is encouraging the buy-try-return practice with Prime Wardrobe, but I also know that we probably shouldn’t be using Amazon as our ethical guidepost here. There is also research indicating that getting packages delivered is more carbon-friendly than driving to the store yourself, but the more we buy and return, the more emissions we create.

Sooooooo maybe I shouldn’t buy three pairs of shoes with the intent to only keep one of them? What do you think? ❤️

Where I Got Published This Week

Bankrate

How Long Does a Balance Transfer Take?

Lifehacker

How to Create a Lurker Twitter Account Like Mitt Romney’s

How to Make Sure Your Online Will Is Legally Binding

Schedule Every To-Do Item on Your List—or Trash It

Don’t Tell the Person You Just Started Dating How Much Money You Have

The Write Life

6 Tricks for Writing a Catchy Headline Readers Will Click (Plus Examples)

Have a good weekend, everybody! ❤️

Where I Got Published This Week

Lifehacker

How to Stick to Your Creative Goals

How to Steal Time for Your Creative Work

See How the Democratic Candidates’ Tax Plans Would Affect You

If SMART Goals Don’t Work for You, Try FAST Goals Instead

How to Shop at Trader Joe’s Without Overspending

Vox

Money Talks: They laid out finances on their first date. Then they retired at 38 and 41.

See you on Monday! Next week I’m going to write a little more about what I’ve been doing with my money lately—but until then, have a good OPEN THREAD and/or WEEKEND! ❤️

Where I Got Published This Week

Lifehacker

How to Get a Refund on Bose’s Discontinued Sleepbuds

Become Happier by Building the Right Habits

Spend More Time With Friends by Doing Errands Together

When a Pay Cut Can Help You Up the Career Ladder

Reduce Distractions With a Customized ‘Do Not Disturb’ Response

I’ll be taking Monday off for Colmumbles Day, because freelancers gotta grab those days off when we can, so I’ll see you all on Tuesday.

MYSTERY BOOK draft is at 10349 words. One of my writing days this week was a little short—only 404 words—but I am still working on this EVERY DAY and LOVING IT. ❤️

Where I Got Published This Week

CreditCards.com

Best Credit Cards for Young Adults

Haven Life

How to build a benefits package if you’re self-employed

Does intermittent fasting work for moms?

Lifehacker

How Do You Deal With Long Hours at Work?

Save Money on Streaming Services by ‘Subscription Hopping’

College Students With Kids May Be Eligible to Receive Childcare Subsidies

How to Choose a Bank That’s Not Profiting From the Climate Crisis

Buy a House During the First Week of Fall

Here’s the selfie of me at the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre fundraiser, as promised. Have a good Open Thread, and see you next week! ❤️

Fun fact: the building in the background is my apartment.

Where I Got Published This Week

Bankrate

Top reasons your issuer might close your credit card account

A cardholder’s guide to paying with your mobile wallet

How tax liens affect your credit score

Lifehacker

Take Inventory of Your Home to Avoid Buying Duplicates

How to Protect Your Savings From Falling Interest Rates

What’s on Your Desk Right Now, and Why Is It There?

What’s Going On With the Stock Market?

How to Buy a Country

Have a good open thread, everyone! ❤️

Where I Got Published This Week

Haven Life

A frugal barista explains how to finance your coffee habit

Should you take out a life insurance policy on your children?

Lifehacker

How to Trick Yourself Out of a Bad Habit

How to Get Your Nintendo Joy-Con Repaired for Free

Calculate the Total Out-of-Pocket Cost of Your Health Insurance Plan

Don’t Assume the Default 401(k) Contribution Is Enough

Before You Refinance Your Home, Calculate the Potential Costs

How to Identify the Blind Spots in Your Thinking

Going Without Health Insurance Can Double Your Risk of Bankruptcy

How to Take Control of Your Schedule

Manage Your Energy to Manage Your Mood

Calculate the Total Cost of College—Not Just Tuition

The thread is open! Hope you all have a great weekend. ❤️