Amanda Stanhaus

Tag: new friend

Gift Guide: Acquaintances


We all have acquaintances…those people that are really important to our day to day lives, but we do not share a deep enough connection that merits gifts.

I like to show I’m thinking of them during the holidays by baking them sugar cookies, with the first letter of their name frosted on top.

Customized Christmas cookies fit my three requirements.


I buy in bulk. Even if all the ingredients aren’t used up, they’re good to have in the cupboard. But my man learned the hard way that crisco does not taste the same as the frosting it makes.


My cookie cutters range from Christmas Tree to Menorah, but my frosting decoration always includes the recipient’s first initial.


Everyone obviously eats!

My cookies are so yummy, people make sure they are on my nice list come December.

Merry Merry!


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Wise Wallet


I like my wallet pretty inside and out.

All the presidents heads are facing right-side up and out. When my face is on a bill, I will want it no other way.

Credit cards are similarly arranged. Don’t want the card’s magnetic magic to be worn away by two stripes touching!

Change is cleaned out regularly. It can get heavy. Plus, I need the quarters for when I do laundry. Not so fabulous, I know, I’m working on it.

I’ve recently added a bit of hardware to my wallet collection. I have a separate purple aluminum card case, so no one can scan my cc info by walking past me on the street.

My friends make fun of my less than attractive 2nd wallet. But I say, better safe than sorry.


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)


I was spotted $$ and will have to pay back the $$ plus interest. Like loaning a library book, but more $$ is on the line.

(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy vocab blog: XO, Bettie Vocab.)

Friend Loan


Looming over the end of the month is always the first of the next month and my rent payment. To make rent, I must be on my best behavior.

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My bestie Babe was not so well behaved and asked me to spot her rent. Of course I wanted her to have a roof over her head, but that’s a sizeable chunk of $$.

I live my life without expectations, so it is filled it with surprises.

But with this, I did not want anything near a surprise. The expectations were crystal clear.

I am to be paid back in full by the end of the month. For each week of late payment, she will clean my apartment. How’s that for incentives?!

She autographed the contract on the dotted line. Good luck, Babe!


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)


At last, something beautiful you can truly own. —Michael Ginsberg

I’m a busy bee. Breakfast meeting, work, power lunch, work, afternoon coffee, work, dinner at the latest-greatest, then more work.

Yet, there is more that I would like to do—and own.

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stock gives the common woman a chance to own a piece of a company, without the daily grind of meetings and emails. Hallelujah!

Yes, I view stocks as a valuable investment. As a little black dress that I’ll wear for years to come.

A stock is not the playboy bunny costume I wore on Halloween Freshman year to quickly make new friends. Believe me, I looked fierce!  But on Nov. 1st  I woke up asking myself, “What was I thinking??”


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Who am I?


My friends and I jabber about the ins & outs of all sorts of taboo things…but never money. Society assumes that every working girl knows how to properly allocate her paycheck or has Daddy-Dearest subsidize it.

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But not anymore! Join my fabulous & frugal journey to become financially literate.

I will mix my financial understanding with books, articles, expert opinions, and a touch of real life experience to empower every woman to answer the ultimate question:

How can I spendsave, and grow my hard-earned money?

Aspiring mademoiselle millionaires, let’s create our own stable, independent financial future.  Let me explain the options galore.

XO, Bettie Signet

(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)