As we say goodbye (and good riddance) to 2017, we want to revisit our most-read stories. Here are our greatest hits:
Amanda shared her work wardrobe and readers loved it. Her blog post was one of the most-read stories in 2017, likely thanks to her chic looks and exciting fashion week. Amanda described her style perfectly: “I started gravitating toward girly clothes and hobbies – I spent four years regularly playing the flute, the daintiest of instruments – when I became self-aware of my body. I didn’t feel pretty, but I thought tulle and ribbon and glitter could transform me. Although my perception of my looks has since shifted, that aesthetic remains.”
This email we received from a reader says it all: "I have been in the U.S. for less than a year and it's a very different relationship to money here than in anywhere else I ever lived. It's great that there is so little guilt and so much candidness to talk about money openly, but it also pisses me off to see causes — ANY CAUSE — being immediately capitalized on, from people selling funny anti-trump enamel pins at protests to all the glittery #feminism merch I see around. Thank you for articulating this. Oh, and "She Spends is here to exploit capitalism to a feminist end" is a perfect sentence. It got me all worked up and made me write this email! Amazing.”
This piece on mentorship resonated with readers who were both looking for mentors, and who wanted to become one. One reader said she particularly loved that it felt "helpful and actionable."
Alicia’s thrifted work wardrobe was another big hit among readers. She pulled together five looks for work comprised completely of thrifted clothing. Here’s how Alicia’s experience with money shaped her thrifting habit: “When I was growing up, my mom and I spent a lot of time trawling thrift stores for diamonds in the rough. My family had a year or two when money was tight, and part of cutting back was shopping at Goodwill for new clothes. I distinctly remember finding a pair of jean shorts from Abercrombie at the local Salvation Army. That was the moment that taught me the magic of thrifting.”
We were upset by the events in Charlottesville this year. So we pulled together a list of resources for readers who were feeling similarly. Among those recommended organizations were the ACLU of Virginia, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Black Lives Matter and the local NAACP.
We were feeling totally lost about cryptocurrency, so we felt lucky when one of our readers, Laura Porter, offered to break down bitcoin for us on the blog. Her post on cryptocurrency was one of the most-read pieces this year. And we did learn what a cryptocurrency is: “Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that sit on top of a technology called blockchain … Cryptocurrencies are similar to fiat currencies (i.e. dollars, pesos, euros, etc.) in that their transactional functions are the same, but a notable difference is that there’s no centralized entity (like a government mint) that can majorly influence how many coins of a certain cryptocurrency are produced.”
Our readers were quite interested in finding reliable information on how to handle the Equifax hack that took place earlier this year. Our advice was simple: Sign up for the credit tracking business’ data breach checker, freeze credit scores at the three major credit rating agencies and check back at bank statements to make sure everything is correct.
This blog post by Amanda was particularly important for readers seeking new jobs in 2017. Here’s how it works: “Rather than determine a salary range for a position based on education, experience and skills, many employers will ask for your previous salary. This perpetuates the wage gap, as women make about 20% less than men; women of color make even less.” Some states, though, have banned this practice. Amanda broke it down in this blog post.
She Spends readers are always asking about meal prep. Is it worth it? How can I keep my meals exciting? Reader Kayla Cluff had answers in her post on meal prep: “Like most millennials with a question, the first thing I did was turn to the internet – Pinterest, to be more exact. Pinterest is a haven for recipes but it was overwhelming to spend so long scrolling through recipes every week when I wanted to cook. So, I decided to take recipes that I knew I would like (and wouldn’t take five hours and $60 dollars to make) and compile them into a Google Doc. Yes, I’m that lame and I love my meal prep Google Doc.”
This post, written by Amanda, is crucial for readers with bougie wardrobes on a budget. “When I’m shopping and buy an Equipment blouse, for example, I’m factoring in the cost per wear to justify the high price point. What I’m not thinking about, however, is the number of times I’ll take it to the dry cleaners; depending on the garment and where you live, the cost can range from $5 to $20 per piece.” Amanda shared ideas for how to hand wash your favorite luxury items to save money (and the environment).