Sarah Gilbert's Articles

About the author: Sarah Gilbert, blogger by trade and finance geek at heart, has worked in investment banking, dotcom management, software development, and managing blogs on everything from babies to stocks.

Working remotely: It’s good, right?

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This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert.
I’ve done it all; worked remotely, worked in an office with a serious in-traffic commute, worked in an office with a short commute, worked for myself, and worked for Fortune 100 corporations. I’ve worked 80 hours weeks and I’ve worked 10 hours a week part-time. I’ve been overpaid [...]

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Published on April 3rd, 2013
Modified on April 15th, 2013 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Productivity, Working
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Small Business: Passion Matters

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The board for the non-profit writing organization over which I preside had a meeting recently with a local legend, a board organization consultant. He was used to delivering the information he was giving us in several-hour workshops and he talked as fast as he could in the 90 minutes we had, while we scribbled furiously.
So [...]

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Published on March 7th, 2013
Modified on March 18th, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Self Employment, Working
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Potluck: A Fiscal Attitude Worth Adopting

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Though I live a fairly — ok, thoroughly — domestic life, I spend a lot of time as a guest or host. I have my weekly writer’s group; I have a monthly book group; I have a group of friends-with-kids who host raucous parties to which all of our children are invited; I have a [...]

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Published on February 26th, 2013
Modified on March 2nd, 2013 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Frugality
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Marrying for Love and Money

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With Valentine’s Day in the rearview mirror, I’m thinking about love. Love, and money. Robert Brokamp at Get Rich Slowly was part of my inspiration, with his sweet and personal take on his “relationship deal breakers.”
(A brief summary: when he was 23, smoking; now, fiscal irreponsibility.)
Though many of us reading this site are, indeed, already [...]

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Published on February 19th, 2013
Modified on March 2nd, 2013 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Miscellany
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Tales of the Retireless

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The woman to my right at the table was beautiful; striking smooth grey hair, an elegant style of dress that I admired and would happily have copied. At one point when I asked her to introduce herself — I was leading a workshop on promoting books through social media.
It was then that I learned that [...]

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Published on February 5th, 2013
Modified on March 2nd, 2013 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Board Games: Stretching Your Entertainment Dollar

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Timidly, I pulled out my debit card and grimaced as the cashier rung up the purchase. I handed it to her, watching as she swiped it for $42, worried that I’d made a mistake thinking that buying Settlers of Catan at full retail price was a great idea.
I had been introduced to the game at [...]

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Published on January 22nd, 2013
Modified on February 4th, 2013 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Frugality
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The Rule of Reciprocation: An Introduction

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Give and you shall receive. This Biblical saying has been well-used and mis-used so many times that I’m sure no one could count. I grew up in a very conservative Baptist household and, while I don’t think we always gave a flat 10%, giving was a constant, even in our poorest times. We did receive, [...]

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Published on January 15th, 2013
Modified on February 4th, 2013 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Charity
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Do You Deserve Better from Your Cell Phone Company?

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Your cell phone doesn’t work as well as you’d like.
I know, I don’t even know you! But I’m willing to bet I’m right (and you’re nodding your head at me right now, ruefully). I say this from personal experience, having lived all over the place and used just about every cell phone carrier. I could [...]

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Published on December 13th, 2012
Modified on December 15th, 2012 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Consumer
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Last Minute Donations: Should You Give?

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As far as my email inbox goes, the week of Thanksgiving was pretty bad, as every online shop to which I have ever given my email address — and a few besides — sent me message after message about sales, just for Black Friday! Or the weekend! Or just Cyber Monday!
I wondered just how much [...]

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Published on December 6th, 2012
Modified on December 16th, 2012 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Charity
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Spending Resentment as Ugly as Jealousy

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My husband is in Kuwait for his third tour in the Army. Working for the joint forces in a country that is firmly a U.S. ally, he doesn’t see a lot of combat. What he does see, what keeps him up at night, is the waste.
First, there is the practical military waste. Computers are shredded [...]

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Published on November 13th, 2012
Modified on November 11th, 2012 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Frugality
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