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Bargain Hunting Is Making You Broke

Most errands are boring, but shopping can be exhilarating. Stores have figured out how to convert the pursuit of saving money into spending too much. Bargain hunting is making you broke. When you think about it, shopping should be full and painful. You have to...

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OK Boomer: Renting is Better than Owning

Every renter I know has been scolded for “throwing money away” by not buying a house. But is buying a house still good advice? We know that houses bought in the 1980s and held until now amassed a tremendous amount of wealth for the owners....

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5 Times It’s Ok to Bust your Budget

It always seems like budgets require perfection. If you bust your budget, it always seems like some sort of moral failing. There is always an assumption that everyone has the ability to meet their budget every month, and it’s not true. There are lots of...

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Reduce the Risk of Going to Law School

Law has historically been considered one of the safest careers to enter. With the rising costs of higher educations, stagnating wages, gluts of law school graduates, and, a global pandemic, that belief has largely been called into question. Even though law is not a 100%...

How Going Zero Waste Can Save Your Life (and A Lot of Money)

I discovered the zero waste movement in 2018. I started by reading Simple Life Hacks to Drastically Reduce Your Trash and 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste and eventually got to the grand poobah Bea Johnson, Zero Waste Home. The movement really spoke to me...

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Prevent Burnout by Gamifying Your Job

They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That holds true for burnout. All lawyers know someone who’s experienced it – and often experience it themselves. It’s much easier to climb out of burnout or to avoid it altogether if...

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Should You Take a Gap Year Before Law School?

Many people go straight through from college to law school. Many lawyers are unhappy. It’s easy to wonder had some of those people taken some time before law school to contemplate whether law was a good career for them. The answer from a lawyer: maybe....

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Just Pay Someone Else to Do It!

I recently moved apartments and let me tell you: hiring movers is always a good idea. Isn’t it odd that for some services we can do on our own, it’s frowned upon to outsource (e.g. raising your children) whereas others nearly everyone uses a professional...

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The Problems of a $500,000 Salary

I am always confused when people equate having money with having all one’s problems solved. Yes, money can solve a number of problems. But if money solved all problems, then we would have solved all our problems after our first or second raises. Instead, most...