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Living Richly – My Interview with Redbook Magazine

March 18, 2014
Redbook April 2014 Living Richly

More than one year after making a public commitment to only buy used clothes, I’m happy to report it is no longer an experiment – it is my lifestyle. 

With the exception of a pair of cat space leggings I bought brand new, I have only purchased used clothing since February 2013. I’m a fairly practical and well – cheap – person so it was a challenge I happily embraced.

In year two of this challenge I am going to track exactly how much money I spend on clothing. I’m saving every single receipt as a way to track how much of my income goes toward my wardrobe. I recommend doing this regardless if you buy new or used – but especially if you suspect you spend more than you should. Writing down my monthly expenses – actual expenses – was eye-opening for me. I’m not a big shopper so it wasn’t surprising that most of my income after paying bills goes towards food, but it was surprising how much a coffee here or lunch there added up.

As a happy coincidence, I am also celebrating an exciting interview with Redbook Magazine, available on news stands now in the April 2014 issue.

Redbook April 2014 Issue

If you haven’t picked up an issue of Redbook recently – do it! I’m not just saying that because I happened to be featured in this issue – this magazine has completely rebranded itself recently and is producing amazing content.

I was quite impressed with the Redbook staff. Despite the fact I only take up half of one page 100+ pages in, the reporter, senior editor and photographer contacted me several times to verify facts and follow up on things I said to gain more context. I was blown away by their commitment to good journalism for such a small snippet of the magazine. 

The article profiles six women throughout the country, comparing two similar salaries against lifestyle and expenses. It’s quite fascinating. It covers the gamut from $30k to $100k incomes.

If you know me well, you know I like to live simply – and I’m absolutely honored to have been included in an article on a topic I’m so passionate about.

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