President Ronald Reagan declared July 1984 “National Ice Cream Month” and more specifically July 15, 1984, National Ice Cream Day. He was looking for a way to help the dairy industry, and at the time he was already trying to get rid of 500 million pounds of cheese. James Hamblin pointed out in The Atlantic:… Continue reading Commercial origins of “National Days” and holidays
I’ve written about my Emergency Fund in the past. Possibly because I’m super proud of actually having it (and believe me, for somebody who has never been good with money, it’s a huge accomplishment). Or possibly because it’s super important you have it. But the journey hasn’t been easy for me and I’ve made a… Continue reading Mistakes I made with my Emergency Fund
Like a lot of other people, I’ve been making plans for 2020. Among them: plans to make progress on my sustainability journey. I want to finish decluttering my belongings. In 2019 I decluttered books and clothes but then my #KonMari adventure stalled as I was distracted by other things. I want to explore options to… Continue reading #NoSpendYear is officially a go!
Ever since I started being more conscious about the impact I have on the environment, I tried keeping my diet more sustainable. The first step was to eliminate meat from my diet while keeping diary products. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long. I wasn’t feeling that great and my energy was down. I blame it on… Continue reading Sustainable diet and its impact on my weight and my wallet
Though the recent string of posts focusing on sustainability might suggest a very specific focus, I also wrote a lot about money on the side. From NoSpendYear to why Emergency Fund is important. I’ve mentioned my goal to save up for a downpayment for an apartment more than once. And you might be asking yourself:… Continue reading Why I write about money on the Path to Less
Let’s talk about money for a second. It’s a topic I have touched on before because it’s a subject very close to my heart. I want to share a personal story with you because my experience with money has been fundamental in putting me on the Path to Less. I wasn’t always good with money.… Continue reading My journey from terrifying debt to positive net worth and plans for the future
I should start putting money in the swear jar every time I am tempted to open a post with the words “zero waste is hard, yo!” I would save up for the downpayment for my apartment in record time. Why? Because it feels like it’s the main sentiment I want to get across every time… Continue reading Sustainability is too expensive. How do we make it more accessible?
I wasn’t always good with money. My family wasn’t rich, we were at the lower end of the middle class for as long as I can remember. I was told to save money, but I didn’t see my parents doing that at all. We never talked about money beyond complaining we have none and we… Continue reading Society’s Mixed Signals: buying vs. saving money
I’ve been bad with money almost my entire life. In fact it’s only recently (last two or three years?) where I managed to get my head on straight and pull myself out of debt and into saving a nest egg; but that’s a story for another day. The story I want to share today is… Continue reading How having an Emergency Fund saved me from financial trouble
I’ve written in the past about NoSpend Challenge I am trying out. I’m currently doing NoSpend weeks every once in a while, to train myself for a couple of NoSpend Months, before trying a NoSpend Year. I’m still training myself out of the buying impulse (pizza is my Kryptonite). And while I know, in theory,… Continue reading What to do when you fail your NoSpend Challenge?