You Can’t Buy Your Way to Better Habits

After going at it a little too hard in December, I decided to make January a dry month. Yep, thirty days, no beer, no cabernet, no overpriced craft cocktails. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss it. You know the old cliche of being single and seeing couples...

How to Deal With Money Regret

Parking tickets are almost a rite of passage when you move to Los Angeles. You’re not a true Angeleno until you’ve racked up four or five of them. Everywhere you go, there are rules and meters and permits dedicated to how, where, and when you may park. It’s inevitable...

How to Decide When to Use Money to Buy Time

Have you ever tried to build a website without being a web developer? I have, and I don't recommend it. Last summer, I spent days trying to fix some random error on a website I was building. A box on my web page wouldn't center, and no matter what I tried, I could not...

Sometimes You Have to Quit

My junior year in high school, a friend suggested I join the newspaper. I loved to write, I was kind of a weirdo, and our school’s journalism class embraced both of those things. You couldn’t just decide to be a high school journalist, though. You had to apply. So I...

I’m Officially in Holiday Mode.

So I just don’t feel like working. And this time, it’s not because I’m stuck in a rut or because I’m depressed or anything like that. I’m in full-blown holiday mode, completely caught up in that end-of-the-year vibe that makes me want to do nothing but wind down with...

“Why Don’t They Teach This in School?”

“Why don’t they teach this stuff in school?” I often hear people say when it comes to personal finance. It's a fair question. In sixth grade, my young and irreverent science teacher wrote SEX on the chalkboard in big capital letters to introduce us to an ongoing...

Hey, I’m Kristin!

I’m a freelance writer and journalist (The Cut, The New York Times, Lifehacker). Here, I share what I learn about the freelance life, from managing money to digital nomading to figuring out why the Wi-Fi isn’t working. My book, GET MONEYwill be out in March 2018 with Hachette Books.