Nicole Dieker
nicoledieker
Nicole Dieker has been writing about personal finance for over six years. She's also the author of The Biographies of Ordinary People, a Millennial-era Little Women.
9:28 AM
Save

Hey—it looks like this piece struck a nerve, so I’m curious if you want to start a conversation on how you choose which products to order to avoid returns. I’ll admit that I’ve employed the “order multiple versions” hack three times over the past year (twice with clothes and once with shoes), but if that’s Read more

11/14/19
7:09 PM
1

That is an excellent point, and I would not advocate doing it for every single purchase. 

11/14/19
1:58 PM
2

If you’re curious about the environmental impact of ordering products online vs. driving to the store yourself, this research suggests ordering online is actually better overall (but every time you order something and then return it, the environmental cost increases, soooooooo be aware of that): https://medium.com/ensi Read more

11/12/19
3:16 PM
Save

I tweaked the language to prevent misunderstanding (thank you!) but you can buy items from duty free shops even if you aren’t flying internationally, can’t you? Here’s how the Dufry Duty Free Shop in SeaTac explains it: Read more

11/7/19
1:48 PM
Save

Can you no longer write a check to cash? Do banks no longer use withdrawal slips? (Clearly I need to visit banks more often.)

11/4/19
5:49 PM
2

Totally fair! In this case I was directly referencing the RescueTime post, and I used “attributed to” because, as you noted, I wasn’t there when Lincoln either did or didn’t say that.   Read more

11/1/19
1:01 PM
1

I think the $6 is for-sure worth it, and I’ve deliberately avoided going to the slightly less expensive annual subscription because I know Exist is trying to add even more features to the app (so they need the $$$, I’m assuming).

10/31/19
3:17 PM
1

No, the idea is that if you’re on a flight where they weigh carry-on bags (which is common on some international flights) you can make your bag weigh less by stuffing some of the items under your shirt.

10/31/19
1:17 PM
1

Yes, Andrews recommends going through security first. This is for oversized or overweight carry-on bags.

10/30/19
2:14 PM
2

Pulls on your credit report do temporarily lower your credit score, yes! There’s no real way around that.

10/17/19
1:24 PM
2

Hahahahaha excellent point (that I was very much not aware of, but becomes totally obvious when you think about it for more than five seconds)!

10/3/19
3:43 PM
1

I emailed the authors and you are correct, a gap can consist of one space or multiple spaces. I’ve updated the post. Thank you!

10/3/19
2:19 PM
1

I wondered about that myself, because I didn’t see the gap thing mentioned in Ars Technica. But if you watch the video, you’ll hear the Santa Fe Institute team say to park in “the first gap between parked cars, often driving past several empty spaces first.” Read more