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.

Organics for the Win: Why I Still Buy Organic Produce

Written by Sarah Gilbert - 6 Comments

“Organics,” said the headline, “not really very much better for you.” And a million mothers wept.
Organics not proven “healthier”
Indeed, according to a survey of a number of research studies — one of those “studies of studies,” as I think of them — there are very few proven health benefits to consuming organic produce over conventional [...]

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Published on October 30th, 2012
Modified on November 11th, 2012 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Consumer
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Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Written by Sarah Gilbert - 32 Comments

Both current Presidential candidates are bandying about this question, with differing answers: “Are you better off than four years ago?” An illuminating interview with an economic journalist on Terri Gross’ Fresh Air program answered that the nation was better off as a whole, whereas many individuals were worse off. Thanks to a trick of wording: [...]

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Published on September 25th, 2012
Modified on October 1st, 2012 - 32 Comments
Filed under: Economy
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Is Analog Better than Digital in Your Estate?

Written by Sarah Gilbert - 5 Comments

I am going to my parents’ house this weekend, and my favorite part of the visit is always standing in front of my moms’ bookshelves, gazing at all those lovely books that will one day surely be handed down to me and my siblings. I don’t know if many of them are valuable, but there [...]

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Published on September 6th, 2012
Modified on September 18th, 2012 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Planning
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Dream Job vs. Reality Job

Written by Sarah Gilbert - 2 Comments

“I’ve got to get home for a phone call,” said my friend. I’ll call her Melanie. We’d been having an editorial meeting for the preview issue of the parenting literary magazine that we’re launching.
The dream job
As projects go, this was a dream for all of us; we’d raised a bunch of money on Kickstarter and [...]

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Published on August 14th, 2012 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Self Employment, Working
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Investing Locally

Written by Sarah Gilbert - 2 Comments

I was sitting in front of my friend Katie’s house, leaving her a note about the new business we’re starting together with some other mothers we know; a literary magazine for parents. She lives in the prettiest part of the neighborhood where I grew up.
I turned and saw a woman whose face looked tired, [...]

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Published on July 31st, 2012
Modified on August 15th, 2012 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Economy, Saving & Investing, Self Employment
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How to Sell

Written by Sarah Gilbert - 3 Comments

I will teach you how to sell!
Yes, I’m borrowing that phrasing from another personal finance blogger. But as I’ve been working on a Kickstarter campaign for an offline project — which will, I dearly hope, have been successfully funded by the time you read this post — and working 12 hours a day plus to [...]

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Published on July 12th, 2012
Modified on July 27th, 2012 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Marketing
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How Much Does She Spend? Why Comparing Yourself to Others Is a Mistake

Written by Sarah Gilbert - 9 Comments

I spend too much time thinking about how other people spend money. (But! I’m a personal finance writer!) When someone mentions how hard it is to be a working mother in a two-income family, I think, but that’s a path you chose, working out in my head how possible it might be for that family [...]

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Published on June 26th, 2012
Modified on July 1st, 2012 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Consumer, Frugality
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Teach Your Kids One Thing

Written by Sarah Gilbert - 4 Comments

If you could teach your kids one thing about money, what would it be?
Wait to spend money
My almost 10-year-old and his youngest brother, almost five, have impulse control issues. Both have been diagnosed with separate but complementary behavioral disorders, which translate to: it’s hard for me to delay gratification.
Because I spend huge amounts of my [...]

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Published on June 12th, 2012
Modified on June 18th, 2012 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Education, Frugality
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When to Invest in Individual Stocks

Written by Sarah Gilbert - 8 Comments

In the wake of the Facebook IPO, many of my finance geek friends were decrying the event (and the attendant media kerfuffle) as terrible for individual investors. The problem, went the argument, was that “knowing” Facebook as we all do, and hoping some of the riches of the company’s founders would rub off on us, [...]

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Published on May 31st, 2012
Modified on June 10th, 2012 - 8 Comments
Filed under: Saving & Investing
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When to Use Income Based Repayment

Written by Sarah Gilbert - 3 Comments

I paid off the tiny amount of undergraduate student loans I took out quickly — within a few years of graduating. And then I went to business school, where we all mutually assume we’ll make crazy money afterward, so who cares about a few student loans? And at first, I was on plan, and started [...]

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Published on May 22nd, 2012
Modified on June 10th, 2012 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Debt Reduction, Education
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