Pocketmint

small change toward a rich life

December 2012

  1. Learning to talk to strangers

    31 December 2012

    In college, I was once recruited to write a feature article for a magazine. I fled more-or-less screaming from the prospect. Writing was not the problem. Fiction, non-fiction, whatever — I was confident I could figure it out. Research has always been one of my better skills, even back in the day when you had […]

  2. Gasoline spending: the problem

    21 December 2012

    This is the first of two posts about how I adapted our budget system to control our gasoline expenses. When I set up our budget in July 2011, Jak and I both had contract jobs. That meant two things with regard to transportation: a long commute several days per week, and free transit passes. Mostly, […]

  3. To give great gifts, think like a behavioral economist

    13 December 2012

    For Jak’s last birthday, I gave him peace of mind. Also, sushi. Our mutual favorite restaurant in the area is Mashiko Sushi, way down in West Seattle. These days we eat out very rarely — a bit less than once per month — but we spend more time at Mashiko than anywhere else, in no […]

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