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Exactly How Much I Spent On Mental Health In One Year (And How I Cut Costs Doing It)

Today things are going to get a real at She Spends. We’re talking about mental illness, and the financial stressors it can cause. While we don’t get deep on trauma, this post could be triggering. Just a warning before you dive in!

She Spends' December Favorites

She Spends' December Favorites

December was an exciting month at She Spends HQ. We announced our Betterment event, ran some of my favorite pieces, including a series on cryptocurrency and an interview with Veronica Dagher. We’re launching a new blog feature, where the three women behind She Spends share some of our favorites each month. Check out the first post below!

How a financial journalist thrifts her work wardrobe

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.

Selling #Feminism: Why your “girlboss” planner is helping no one.

Nothing gets the She Spends team more up-in-arms than seeing the term “girlboss” or any of its sister terms, including “boss babe,” “boss bitch” or “mompreneur.” So when Alicia saw this Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda on Sephora’s website, we almost exploded. Here’s proof in the form of a Slack conversation Amanda, Jemma and Alicia had the day she spotted the abomination.

On Creating She Spends

I used to be really bad with money. As a business reporter, it’s hard to admit, even now that I’ve gotten it together.

By day, I would write stories on how stock pickers could mindfully invest in the market; yet by night, I would spend up to my credit card limit on shoes, bags or drinks out. After a year of living in New York, I had no savings, let alone extra cash to invest in the stock market I was writing about.