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  • The Price of Love

    In 2001, Jennifer Lopez made it known that her love don’t cost a thing. In 2012, I came to the harsh realization that others’ love does cost a thing. More specifically, $35 per month on Match.com. Keep spinning those lies, J. Lo. When you start paying for love—or someone to simply help you carry in the groceries—you take a good, hard look at yourself. “Is this what 26 looks like,” you ask. ...
  • Bottom of the Barrel

    Public apology: I’m sorry for the things that I said. It was winter. See, I don’t deal well with the cold. And I’m not even talking Minnesota cold. I mean Virginia cold. But hey, it’s still cold. This winter felt like a particularly rough one, my only consolation to the below-zero wind-chill presenting itself in the form of a couch and a family-size package of Oreos. Much like a bear, I choose to...
  • 3 Purchasing Program Problems to Avoid

    Purchasing programs consist of negotiating national accounts with vendors, getting accounts established upon onboarding of a new asset, as well as monitoring pricing and standardizing products across your portfolio to increase your NOI and overall value of a property.As a procurement and purchasing management professional in the apartment industry, I often wonder why these programs are...
  • All I Want For Christmas is Good Credit

    I traded in my identity for Mariah Carey’s 1994 Christmas album. After avoiding Target’s gravitational pull for a solid eight months, I made the fateful decision to step inside the retail vortex around mid-December. I just had to get my hands on “All I Want For Christmas Is You” in CD format.  Unfortunately, someone else had to get their hands on my credit card information. In the grand scheme of...

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