Thrift Diaries: The Next Generation, Part One

Greetings, devoted Thriftees! I’m back with another round of my Nobel Prize winning Thrift Diaries: Hip Hop edition! Just kidding, but I did go on the road with (my male companion) El-P (Jaime), and Killer Mike—aka Rap super-duo Run the Jewels—for one week and throughout five different cities. I hung out, ate a lot of… »10/22/15 4:50pm10/22/15 4:50pm

The Best Stores to Buy Any Type of Halloween Candy

I’ve never really lived in a neighborhood that drew a lot of Trick-or-Treaters, but that doesn’t keep me from buying Halloween candy. Obviously, this is a task I take very seriously because, even if zero children visit my house, I want to get the as much delicious, seasonal sugar as I can for my money. »10/16/15 11:26am10/16/15 11:26am

Six Things to Buy If You Want to Backpack Without Looking Like a Backpacker 

The traditional backpacking uniform involves convertible zip-off cargo pants and Keen sandals that resemble medical devices. It’s not chic. Of course, you want to leave your heels and lacy dresses at home when you’re wandering dusty streets and trails somewhere: backpacking for seven months changed my style completely »9/25/15 1:10pm9/25/15 1:10pm

Prime of Life: The Story of My 20s, as Told in Amazon Purchases

Amazon turns 20 today, which means it’s nearly the same age I was when I graduated college, moved across the country, and started living alone. The world has changed, and Amazon has its own transition period to undergo. But if it’s anything like me, it can manage these growing pains easily—with an overflowing digital… »7/15/15 1:13pm7/15/15 1:13pm

Victoria's Big Fuckin' Secret: Your Returned Underwear Gets Shredded

I purchased pairs on pairs on pairs of Victoria's Secret panties when I was young and knew nothing about my body or comfort. All of them pierced deep into the flesh of my hips and lower belly, and sagged in the ass. Deeply painful memories. What I didn't know then (besides what decent underwear could look and feel… »3/27/15 9:30am3/27/15 9:30am