Friends, Neighbors and Money

The following post is from Melissa Batai When I was just out of college, I had a friend, Becky, who was married with a child. She loved to go out shopping, out to eat, to clubs, etc. For a while, I went with her, just happy to get out of the house and have something […]

Financial Peer Pressure

by TTMK on March 2, 2015 · 4 comments

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai I’ll be honest. I hated high school. I know some people love high school and say it was the best four years of their lives. Not me. I hated the peer pressure and the expectations to conform. Early on, I knew my own personality and was […]

Birthday parties for kids are supposed to be fun, right? Well, fun for the kids at least.  These days, the cost of parties seems to have reached levels that were way different than back in the day.  Instead of inviting people over for cake and games, little kids in many areas are getting pricey parties […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai I had an acquaintance in high school, “Debbie,” who was a bit of a loud mouth and always seemed to annoy others. She said things exactly as they were, and her words could be biting. Being her “friend” could be very difficult. When I joined Facebook, […]

I have a wedding coming up, the first one I’ve attended in a few years.  It seemed like there were weddings for me to attend all the time about a decade ago, and that probably happens for a lot of people.  As we pass through a certain age bracket, it seems like that’s when many of […]

Personally, I don’t care what someone’s income or wealth is when I develop a friendship with the person.  It doesn’t factor into the equation directly, as it’s more about other things to me.  Such as, do I laugh and have fun around the person, and do I find him or her trustworthy and of good […]

Do you ever write a holiday letter to family and friends, letting them know about what happened during the year? Personally, I never have.  We simply don’t do that, but it’s never really been by design.  Rather, it’s just not something that ever came up – and this was the case in my household when […]

The Cost of a Barking Dog

by TTMK on November 25, 2013 · 7 comments

How would you like to be awoken quite often, in the middle of the night, by a barking dog? Obviously, nobody would like that.  Of course, sometimes if we have a pet, we have to deal with some nuisances.  However, what if it wasn’t your pet that was disturbing you, but rather it was one […]

Money and Neighbors

by TTMK on November 2, 2013 · 8 comments

When we talk about money and relationships, we often think in terms of people who are married or dating. However, a “relationship” can be more broadly defined to include other regular interactions between people, such as with a coworker, business partner, good friend, etc.  Along those lines, one type of relationship that can come into […]

Being open-minded is a good thing.  I try to be cognizant of differences in how people view things, and respecting their right to have an opinion different from mine.  It’s not something I’m perfect at, by any stretch.  However, it’s something I make a conscious effort to do. This concepts applies to vegetarianism.  I’m not […]