April is over, and I'm so glad May is on its way. In real life news, I went to an a cappella conference, my group The Pow Arrangers hosted a spring show with my college group The Blend as a guest group, I went out for drinks at a speak-easy in Davis Square and committed to going to contra again, and I recently saw The Wombats in concert at the Paradise Rock Club.
I also spent a lot of time this month hustling for this blog! Big thanks to people like Kristen at Queen of Inbound, Elisa at Style Bizarre, Tazim at Whirligig Social, Adelina at Pack Me To, and Sarah Von Bargen at Yes and Yes for all the tips and advice over email.
What was your month like? Comment below, or just skip to the link jamboree below!
1. Buzzfeed collected 31 insanely smart ways to save money when you cook from their readers. Here's one:
“Salad dressings can be expensive. All vinaigrettes are 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. Combine the vinegar with whatever spices and herbs you like, then drizzle in the oil while whisking. You can make as little or as much as you want.”
2. Equal Pay Day was this month! If you're a women in business, you need to negotiate the salary and benefits you deserve. According to a research report by Levo, 41% of women surveyed negotiated any part (salary and/or benefits) of their job offer when they started their current job, and only 21% negotiated any part of their offer on the first job they took out of school.
3. I love this weird morning ritual: InstaCoffeeHobbes. What's your morning routine like? Does it make you excited to face the day?
4. Check out these best free iPhone apps to organize your life! I can especially vouch for Mint.
5. I've never been embarrassed about money as an entry-level employee. In fact, I agree with Chelsea that entry-level employees should talk to each other about how much money they make.
6. Spend money on experiences, not things. Everyone's heard this phrase, but do you know the science behind it?
Gilovich's findings are the synthesis of psychological studies conducted by him and others into the Easterlin paradox, which found that money buys happiness, but only up to a point. How adaptation affects happiness, for instance, was measured in a study that asked people to self-report their happiness with major material and experiential purchases. Initially, their happiness with those purchases was ranked about the same. But over time, people's satisfaction with the things they bought went down, whereas their satisfaction with experiences they spent money on went up.
7. Looking for a new iPhone background? I love these breath-taking satellite images of Earth.
8. Refinery29 collected 10 tips that could save you a $250 this week, and even more beyond.
9. I'm notoriously known for losing things. That's why the Tile app is so interesting to me!
10. The answer to all financial conundrums? Make it exciting.
Where I was on the interwebs this month:
I shared my student loan debt story on Red Debted Stepchild, as well as a guide for anyone in different phases of their life: How to Determine Your Strategy for Paying Off Student Loans.
As an adult with acne, I struggle with finding products that are cruelty-free and that actually work on my oily, acne-prone face. I shared some of my favorite skincare products over at Stylebizarre!
I re-posted Why I Hate the Phrase "Work Smarter, Not Harder" on LinkedIn, and it's gotten a lot of responses! Join the conversation there if you're interested!
What were your favorite articles this month?