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Welcome, The Billfold

The Awl family's newest sibling, The Billfold, is now live! Run by the talented and hilarious Mike Dang and Logan Sachon, of knife-arranging and lunch-making fame, among many other things, it's "Everything About Money You Were Too Polite to Ask." Having it, not having it, spending it, saving it, telling embarrassing or otherwise compelling stories about things done with or without it, and folding it into cranes (stay tuned). Go check it out, it's younger and prettier than we are. Here, give them this delicious-looking apple! (They're also on Twitter and Facebook!)



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cliuless

this is all kinds of exciting!

carolinaclay

That was very, very good.@y

dj pomegranate

This is relevant to my interests.

olivebee

@dj pomegranate This is relevant to my 24/7 stress-inducer. (Read: money [and my lackthereof]).

fondue with cheddar

Yay, a financial blog for financial idiots like me!

Also, poor Splitsider...the only one without a "the".

atipofthehat

@jen325

I vote to rename SplitSider.com TheSpork.com

fondue with cheddar

@atipofthehat Because Sporks are funny!

You also just made me realize that all the other sites are named after tools. A billfold could be considered a tool, right?

atipofthehat

@jen325

Exactly!

Mariajoseh

I was JUST THINKING about needing that. I've always been good with money, but since I left home it's been harder. The Awl reads my mind and it is scary and awesome.

Myrtle

@Mariajoseh Me too. I mean, justlastnight I was prowling sites and looking for a new job, one that pays in money and not applause because, feh.

Lily Rowan

This is exciting! But I still won't register another place -- unified commenting now!

cherrispryte

@Lily Rowan I registered as soon as possible, in the hopes of getting a low commenter number. I suspect the majority of my comments will be along the lines of "omg i'm so screwed".

EpWs

@cherrispryte I just registered and think I am commenter number 41 (?). Unified commenting now please! Also I don't know how to behave outside the 'Pin.

melis

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I'M 42

melis

It won't ever make up for not having a three-digit Awl number, but I will take what I can fucking get, man.

atipofthehat

@melis

Do you want to make a trade for mine? It's the least I can do for the ex-mother-to-be of my nonchildren.

cherrispryte

@melis http://thebillfold.com/user/19/cherrispryte/

NINETEEN, BITCHES.

AND I LEFT A COMMENT.

atipofthehat

@melis

I always pictured you as much younger.

EpWs

@cherrispryte I LEFT A COMMENT and have already pulled out the unnecessary caps and the fancy cheese, you guys need to get over there so I don't feel like such a spaz.

melis

@cherrispryte Oh fuck right off. When I start my own website all of the commenter numbers are going to be issued as a sequence of high-pitched digital screams and you won't get one.

EpWs

@melis I, for one, am eagerly awaiting the arrival of This Boot I Found.

Lily Rowan

@cherrispryte Oh, that was smart. This is why I can never register on the Awl now -- I don't want a high number! I'd better do that now. Instead of my job what pays me money.

atipofthehat

@melis

I don't think it's even legal to make yogurt out of Bolsheviks.

cherrispryte

@atipofthehat It is, after the most recent election.

Also, @melis and @Lily Rowan, I got a link to the Awl, and then waited THREE WHOLE DAYS to sign up and leave my first comment. MY NUMBER COULD HAVE BEEN IN THE DOUBLE-DIGITS, I THINK!

atipofthehat

@cherrispryte

That's a relief! I was getting a little sick of the Boysenberry-Menshevik flavor.

cherrispryte

@atipofthehat Have you tried the Lemon Trotsky? It's pleasantly tart, and great for taking on train rides!

EpWs

Have been on the Billfold for all of five minutes and already diagnosed myself as a Middle Class Snack Kid. I feel like this website and I will get along.

travelmugs

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I want to look at my account statement from last month and see how much I spent on snacks. but I'm too scared.

cherrispryte

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher No I know, right? Ten minutes poking around and I somehow coerced myself into checking my bank statement, which I have been avoiding for the past two weeks because I went on my definition of a spending spree (involving, oh, a cheapish haircut and 2 doctor's appointments.) This site is going to be good for me, I feel.

leonstj

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher - I remember complaining to someone a few years ago:

"The thing that sucks about living in NYC is that even when I don't plan on spending any money, I end up broke. Like, if I decide to spend the day at Coney, then go to the Park, then hang out at a friends house, I still spend $5 on hot dogs, $3 on bottled water at the beach, $10 on a couple books or magazines to read in the park, and $10 for a sixpack - and now my 'free' day has cost me $30."

"You know you don't actually have to buy those things, right?" was the reply.

EpWs

@leon.saintjean @cherrispryte YOU GUYS, it is nice over there, come play. I'm all by my lonesome in the comment sections. Also it's free! FREE. Which is good because my everpresent ass is BROKE.

Slutface

This is relevant to my interests. Thank you.

viviangirl

Yay! This is also relevant to my interests.

Aaaaaand I met Logan a few weeks ago and she is awesome and *whoop-whoop* I'm excited for her and her pretty shiny new site!

frigwiggin

Mike Dang! MIKE DAAANG.

EpWs

@frigwiggin My reaction exactly. MIKE DAAAAAAAAANG.

samafaye

@frigwiggin MIKE DANG!!! I'm really excited about/for Mike Dang.

samafaye

MIKE DANG!!!!!!!!!

Woman Laughing Alone With Boas

There is already so much to read! I am overwhelmed and overjoyed, because all of it is stuff I have been burning to know!!!

stuffisthings

I really like the direction they're taking with the site, too. I've always been super curious about what the hell other people do with their money, aside from spend it all on whiskey and taxis. It's so weird that to me that this is a huge taboo in AMERICA, the LAND OF MONEY.

stuffisthings

@stuffisthings Also, I'm really worried about what will happen to the Hairpin if they ever start The Asker, a site consisting entirely of "Ask A ____" columns.

EpWs

@stuffisthings Would that maybe be The Interrobang?

stuffisthings

@stuffisthings "The Question Mark?"

stuffisthings

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Oh shit yeah, you win.

Myrtle

@stuffisthings "The Asker-ist?"

candybeans

Oh, lovely; just in time for the horror-inducing collapse of my finances!! Articles I'd like to see: How to Skillfully Steal from Self-Checkouts at Ralphs, Faking Your Death to Avoid Student Loans, and Avoiding High Gas Prices by Hitchhiking.

olivebee

@candybeans Hear, hear.

sarah girl

Serious question: Can anyone give advice on how to save/make lunches/not eat out for every meal/etc. when you're struggling with depression? I'm medicated and therapy-ed and doing a lot better, but I still have a lot of trouble with energy and motivation, and an appetite that seems to come and go at random. How do I not do what I did yesterday, which was go with my boyfriend to the grocery store and break down crying when he asked me what I was planning to make for dinner tomorrow?

EpWs

@Sarah H. Best plan I've come up with is a combination of the following:
-Keep a folder (bookmarks or hard-copy) of tasty, not terribly involved recipes that are not terribly expensive, all of which you enjoy, that you can choose from at random when hunting for ideas for dinner.
-Make extra food when you make a recipe, dole out in individual portions, take some for lunch that week and freeze the rest. Instant dinner!
-Don't feel bad about occasionally having cereal for dinner, eating out while at work or when you get home, or for not having a gourmet meal on the dinner every/any night. You do what you can!
-Set alarms for meals that says "Eat something, you will feel better because of it, I promise." Write yourself notes, do whatever you need to make sure you continue to fuel your body!

I am very glad you're medicated and therapied and doing better! Depression is a serious bitch. (I would be happy to throw you links to a couple of my favorite recipes when I get home and have access to my bookmarks!)

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

@Sarah H. Try a bunch of different kinds of frozen vegetables, so you don't feel bad about wasting fresh ones. And you can help keep them from getting boring with a little vinegar or olive oil.

Sausages and sausage-like entities (like Soyrizo) freeze well and you can slice them pretty quick after taking them out to defrost.

If you still do wheat, whole grain couscous or bulgur are the easiest cooking whole grains ever.

Eggs keep a lot longer than most people think, and they're very versatile.

I don't know... I'm still finding that the balance between having stuff around that makes a quick something you can actually call a meal and things you just stuff your face with is pretty tricky.

cherrispryte

@Sarah H. Oh, the grocery store freak-outs. I've been there. Ditto the first point above - find a lot of tasty, cheap recipes, and then start making them by the bucket. If I make chili, it's just as much work to make 3 portions as it is to make 10, so I make the 10, eat it for every meal/almost every meal for 3-4 days, and then freeze the remainder portions for those days when I can't get it together and I've run out of non-frozen foods.
I've been living off of apples or bananas and PB&J for lunches, which requires next-to-no energy to prep. That, or leftovers from the previous night. Or make a bunch of tuna salad or egg salad one night when you're feeling up to it, and bring that for the next few days.
Never go grocery shopping without a plan :) I really like punchfork.com for recipes, as it aggregates a dozen or so decent food blogs.
Good luck!

nina

@Sarah H. This might help?: My therapist (who was so fully booked i could never see her, so i did everything she said to the letter) told me exactly what to eat. She said whole grains (cereal or toast) and bananas for breakfast, anything containing protein for lunch, and colorful vegetables (green, orange, white) for dinner. Snack during the day, too. That, plus exercise (cardio and yoga), enough sleep and the company of others in moderation apparently equals mental health.

anachronistique

@Sarah H. It is really good that you are working on feeling better! For me personally thinking so far ahead as to planning large meals I can freeze is WAY too hard when I'm in a depressive episode, and at that stage I basically focus on making sure I get calories in my body rather than whole meals. There's a lot of tuna and a lot of mac and cheese and a lot of frozen veggies. Sometimes dinner is wheat thins and peanut butter. What's important is remembering TO eat and making sure I keep stuff on hand that is easy and will keep for the times when I feel like crap. It's getting in on the ground floor of the Hierarchy of Food Needs without having to rely on takeout. Going to the grocery store with a list that doesn't necessarily build up to full meals with a meat and two veg, but with foods you know you like and can eat and will keep you going.

I don't know if this is helpful, but it works for me. Good luck with therapy and the meds.

MilesofMountains

@Sarah H. When I'm not at my mental best, I often find the idea of "large batch of something I can freeze" too intimidating. I generally go for dinners that are quick and pretty simple, and remind myself that there's no practical reason I have to do a complicated meal. Like, a poached or fried egg on top of sauteed greens may not be impressive, but it's as nutrious as some fancy something and eggs and kale keep for a long time in the fridge.

I also think I've suggested this site on here before, so I feel weird suggesting it again, but whatever, it has saved me so many times. 5 ingredient, 15 minute meals not made from overprocessed junk. I have her free cookbook on my phone, and it's my go-to when I'm standing in the grocery store feeling like I'm failing at the "feeding myself" component of adulthood.

EpWs

@anachronistique @MilesofMountains To clarify, I meant cooking a big batch of whatever when you're feeling like cooking, so you have something at hand when you don't feel like cooking. I realize that my comment was easy to misconstrue. Everyone in this thread has great points! (Cookbook on ph

cherrispryte

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Same here. Also, for me, cooking is a much more fun task than pretty much anything else, so if I'm trying to wheedle myself into doing, oh, anything, "you can make a huge batch of xyz" is a more palatable idea than so many other things.

EpWs

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I don't know where the rest of my comment went. Should have gone (Cookbook on pht bring myself to cook or bother eating, that's when the "Oh, this really isn't good" clicked in my head. Depression and other mental blerghs are really nothing to fuck with. I want to hug everyone in this thread.

Shayna

@Sarah H. If you're not that hungry, but you need the nutrition, try smoothies sans added sugar? Buy frozen fruit, keep it in the freezer, and when you want something quick, throw your desired combo in the blender. Instant nutrition for days when you just don't feel like cooking.

sarah girl

@all Thank you all for your responses :) :) I am following links and taking notes!

I generally try to cook a larger meal when I do cook, but I have weird issues with liking something for one meal, but just being kind of repulsed by it if I have it again at dinner/the next day. No clue why. And I'm going to work on having more simple meal elements, although some days that's even too much. At my lowest points, I've kept a few cans of Ensure in the fridge, to at least make sure I'm getting nutrients.

Also, anachronistique, thank you so much for the link to the Fat Nutritionist blog - I love what she says about working from where you are, food/eating-wise, and not jumping ahead or putting crazy expectations on yourself. It really comforted me.

<3

carbonation

This is already a vast improvement over Ask A Person Who Thinks You Should Save Money in a Shoebox.

florabora

I like most anything that helps me Be An Adult, so this looks great.

Myrtle

Don't make me RSS another site. I'm late for too many appointments as it is.

cherrispryte

@Myrtle Then you'll love the site they're rolling out next month, The Alarmclock! Full of tips on how to be punctual.

Myrtle

Hey, great font choices, Billfold! Very smart-looking. Happy Birthday!

whizz_dumb

I don't know about you(all), but I'm pleased to read their serif font.

whizz_dumb

@Edith Zimmerman Love the hyperlinks but I still want one more for the apple.

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