The sweet smell of spring is in the air. People are getting vaccinated and — I don’t know about you — but I can’t remember feeling this level of freedom since the first days of summer when I was a kid. With all this excitement, I’ve found myself reaching more and more frequently for my wallet these days. Gas for a weekend trip? Yes. Picking up a coffee on my way back from the library? Yes. Drinks with friends… in person? Hell yes.

And I’m not the only one. Economists are predicting that as more people get vaccinated, the U.S…


Thanks for writing this. I find myself thinking a lot of the same things as a personal finance writer. What gives me the right to offer tips on saving/budgeting/frugality when there are so many structural issues at play? Achieving financial security is increasingly difficult for many people, regardless of the individual actions they may choose to take.

I come from a privileged background and try to remember that every time I put words to paper. I might begin to offer the typical advice along the lines of "Don't buy so much stuff and then you can save more money." …


When I first started growing vegetables, one of the things I most enjoyed was watching plants progress from small seeds to huge food-bearing monstrosities. Of course, this didn’t happen overnight, but rather over many weeks — from starting seedlings indoors, to transplanting them into bigger pots, to hardening them off in the shade, to finally watching them grow deep roots and tall shoots in healthy soil.

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There are a lot of similarities between growing your garden and your savings. Both require an initial investment of resources, regular maintenance, time, and (perhaps most importantly) the ability to practice delayed gratification. Good…


In recent years, capsule wardrobes (~30 to 60 pieces of clothing) have become popular as more people begin to embrace minimalism and anti-consumption. I decided to create a capsule wardrobe after my mother-in-law said she was going to be doing “Project 333,” which challenges participants to wear the same 33 articles of clothing for three months. My mother-in-law, her two long-time friends, and I thus embarked on a 90-day challenge to live with less clothing.

The motivations for undertaking Project 333 varied among our group of four, from decluttering to creating a cohesive style to overcoming decision fatigue. One of…


People invest in stocks to make money — to save for retirement or achieve a better return than they would in a savings account. Because of the purpose for which we invest our money, it’s easy to think that our personal values play little role in our investment choices. Investing is just something we’ve been told to do if we want to stop working our 9–5 jobs before we die. However, we can invest in our future while investing in the future when we pursue our investments through a socially-conscious lens (known as Socially Responsible Investing, or SRI).

What is Socially Responsible Investing

Socially Responsible…


The hedonic treadmill, despite its homage to exercise equipment, has nothing to do with running — unless you consider an endless pursuit of “more” to be exercise. The term hedonic treadmill (also known as hedonic adaptation) refers to the tendency for humans to return to a baseline level of happiness after adapting to a positive or negative change in life circumstances.

Despite our constant quest for greater and greater happiness, each of us has a happiness set point. Your overall happiness levels will always eventually return to your baseline once you’ve gotten used to new stimuli. This baseline, or set…


The American tendency to disregard other’s consciousness is contributing to the spread of COVID-19.

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The idea of zombies may have originated from past pandemics, especially as it relates to our fear of becoming infected through interacting with others. In movies like “Night of the Living Dead,” we learned that zombies incapacitate their victims with virus-ridden bites, turning humans into fellow monsters. This knowledge caused friends to shrink away from friends, not knowing whether or not they had been contaminated by the zombie virus or not. In popular zombie movies, it’s often obvious when a person is a…


Our leaders and our neighbors have failed us.

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It’s been horrifying watching the downward spiral of America. When people first realized that COVID-19 was indeed coming to the United States — that we couldn’t ward it off with our belief that we were somehow an exception — there was a sense of widespread unity and community that I had never felt before. Families used chalk to write well wishes on the sidewalk. Moms and dads placed teddy bears in their windows so that children would have something to look for during their walks (one of the main methods of entertainment…


Veganism has become more mainstream over the past decade. In large part, this is a result of individuals recognizing the positive impacts veganism has on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, decreasing animal suffering, and making us healthier. That said, it’s still not all that unusual for people to be unfamiliar with the movement.

Every vegan has faced this unfamiliarity at one point or another: the look of confusion (sometimes even pity!) you receive when you first tell someone you’re vegan. At best, this look leads to a casual conversation about the “why” behind your dietary choices. At worst, it leads to…


“All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you.” — Octavia Butler

“I know that it’s a little dramatic, but the word for not changing is death… Maybe the right word isn’t ‘God’ but I believe in you.” — Pat the Bunny (First Song Pt. 2)

We crave normalcy. We crave normalcy so much that there’s even a psychological phenomenon to explain this craving: normalcy bias. Despite evidence in front of us that our world is not “normal,” that things are changing, that something is amiss, we maintain our day-to-day life with the hopes that simply believing…

Lindsey Bineau

Personal finance + simple living. Local government employee by day — writer by night. Trying to make this timeline less shitty.

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