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The Busy Trap

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by Janelle O’Hara for My So-Called Money How many people per day tell you that they’re “really busy?” How about “very busy,” “super busy,” “unbelievably busy?” When I tell someone how busy I’ve been lately, it sort of feels like I’m bragging. It’s like I’m saying to them, “I’m an important person with lots of demands on …

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Budgeting for Single Parents

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by Janelle O’Hara for My So-Called Money A lot of people in this age group are planning their weddings, buying houses, having babies. But what about the ones who did all of that already – and now find themselves as single parents? Some are single parents from the start, which is a whole different situation. Some, …

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Top 10 Most Wanted Gift Cards

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by Janelle O’Hara for My So-Called Money Are gift cards lame? I don’t know. I don’t think they are. Gift cards are better than cash to me because they tell me exactly where to spend the glorious free money. I have no choice but to go to Target, Old Navy, or H&M. If I get …

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Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?

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How often do you look at your phone? Be honest with yourself. Is it every hour or so? Every half hour? Every 5-10 minutes? Do you find yourself checking your email/Facebook/Twitter/texts constantly while you’re out in social situations with real live humans? Do you feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety if you find yourself without …

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Re-Up Your Energy

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Smartphones are awesome. Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, phone calls, texts, whenever, wherever! They’re super nice for keeping in contact with loved ones wherever we go, but on the flip side, they’ve also enabled us to keep plugged into our jobs round the clock. Constant connectivity can mean longer hours, more meetings, and separation anxiety from our …

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Throw a Classy Dinner Party on a Budget

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by Janelle O’Hara for My So-Called Money I frequently like to pretend I am a grown-up. A real, live, I-drink-wine-out-of-a-wine-glass adult. Sometimes, though, when I’m pretending to be classy, I realize that class can end up costing a lot of money. To the Internet! I found a cool article on eHow.com on how to host …

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Eating Clean and Saving Green

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by Janelle O’Hara for My So-Called Money While I could never be a vegetarian (I only like probably 2 vegetables) and I DEFINITELY couldn’t be a vegan (soy milk does not agree with my taste buds at all, nor could I give up eggs and um basically everything else I eat because I apparently eat …

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How Much Should You Spend on a Wedding Gift?

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 by Janelle Witting Marriage is a beautiful thing, and I am genuinely happy for anyone that chooses to make that giant leap. (Unless that person is marrying a jerk. But I digress.) However, there is one thing that I’m not happy about: the strain on the wallet. Weddings can be expensive for everyone, from the bride and groom …

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