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J Simpson

J. Simpson is a prolific freelance writer, blogger, and musician, based out of Portland, Or. He is fascinated with every aspect of modern living, and how to make the best of it, frequently writing about business, technology, and spirituality, as well as every aspect of culture - music, art, literature, cinema, TV, and comics. For more from J., follow him on Twitter at @for3stpunk.
When Is The Best Time For Apartment Hunting?
When Is The Best Time For Apartment Hunting?

When Is The Best Time For Apartment Hunting?

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The accepted wisdom is that the summer is the best time for apartment hunting, but each season, time of month and even time of day have their plusses and minuses. With many college graduates decamping for new adventures, May through September months have the most vacancies, but also the most competition. Meanwhile, winter has fewer…
3 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Next Apartment Search
3 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Next Apartment Search

3 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Next Apartment Search

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Everybody knows that social media and online communities are an essential part of every modern apartment hunter’s gig bag. Unfortunately, that’s also part of the problem. How many times have you seen your dream apartment or room share pop up on Craigslist, Facebook or Twitter, right in your price range and in the perfect part…
5 Recommended Money Management Apps
5 Recommended Money Management Apps

5 Recommended Money Management Apps

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Having all of your money available digitally can be great. It lets you pay your bills, at any time, no matter where you; buy things online that you can’t find anywhere; shop for the best deals; even the ability to pay with your phone. Unfortunately, all of the things that make digital currency so great…
Tattered Elegance: An Introduction To Shabby Chic
Tattered Elegance: An Introduction To Shabby Chic

Tattered Elegance: An Introduction To Shabby Chic

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If you are a budget-challenged first apartment renter, there is a design trend called Shabby Chic that is perfect for you. It’s typified by rustic designs, upcycled accessories, elegantly faded trimmings -such as drapery and linens – and eclecticism, in a way that is both functional and beautiful. Shabby Chic is a wonderful choice for…
Apartment Hunter’s Guide To Portland, Or.
Apartment Hunter’s Guide To Portland, Or.

Apartment Hunter’s Guide To Portland, Or.

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Stumptown. The city of bridges. The city of roses. “Little Beirut”. “The dream of the ‘90s.” “Where people in their 20s go to retire.” This is just the shortlist of the many, many monikers of Portland, Or., which has also been referred to as “the West Coast capitol of urban cool,” and “The best food…
Cut the Cord! A TV Streaming Roundup & Product Guide
Cut the Cord! A TV Streaming Roundup & Product Guide

Cut the Cord! A TV Streaming Roundup & Product Guide

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Are you ready to cut off the cable TV cord? This is the Golden Age Of Media and immense databases – both free and paid – have made the accumulated archives of humanity’s best (and worst, and everything between) art, music, movies, and literature available in nanoseconds. The downside? Until recently, trawling the archives meant…
A Short Guide To Apartment Hunting Groups On Facebook
A Short Guide To Apartment Hunting Groups On Facebook

A Short Guide To Apartment Hunting Groups On Facebook

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It’s not as simple to find an apartment on the Internet as it might seem. Following Craigslist or other apartment rental sites can be like trying to get a cool, refreshing drink from a waterfall – more of a drowning deluge than a refreshing trickle. Before you know it, you’re inundated in updates, which you…
Thoughts on Holiday Tipping
Thoughts on Holiday Tipping

Thoughts on Holiday Tipping

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When I was a kid, I remember my Dad sprinting towards a garbage truck, thrusting a red foil-wrapped cylinder into the hands of the smiling but bemused garbage man. I asked my Mom what he was doing, and she told me my dad had remembered that the trash collectors on my block liked wine, and…