Samantha Solomon

Young & Prudent: The Only Certainties are Death and Taxes

Change is a constant. It’s the only thing we can all rely on. But still, it continues to take us by surprise. Personally, I am always working on being better at taking it in my stride. Wall Street Daily is in the midst of making a shift and becoming part of an affiliated publication called...

Young & Prudent: Space for Time and Money

“Since death is certain, but the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing?” This is a favorite contemplation of Pema Chödrön, the renowned western Buddhist teacher and prolific author. When I meditate on this, the first answer pops into my head is: time. The value of time has been a poignant...

Young & Prudent: Doing Freelancer Taxes Right

I’m having a lot of new experiences living here at Karmê Chöling, a meditation retreat center, in northern Vermont. Sleeping in a dorm, living with around 40 other full-time staff members, having my “home” filled with a constant stream of people from all over the world, avoiding deer ticks like the plague, traveling an hour...

Young & Prudent: The Community Connection

What am I really trying to buy? I’m drawn to advertisements that convey confidence, connection, and excitement. Those are my indicators of a successful, fulfilling life. But none of these things can be attained by buying the great shirt being sold in the ad. Still, I want that shirt. The unbridled consumerism present in our...

Investing for Millennials: Tips for Spending and Saving

There’s no denying that we’re living in an age of instant gratification. We’re constantly told to “live in the moment” without a thought of tomorrow. The problem is, tomorrow always comes, and we’re increasingly less prepared for it. Retirement savings, for instance, are falling by the wayside. While we all imagine our golden years to...

Young & Prudent: Parents Just Don’t Understand

My parents have no idea why I’m up here in the mountains. They don’t understand why, after finishing a master’s degree, I decided to quit my nice job in the city and move to rural Vermont to live and work at a meditation retreat center for almost no money. When my parents were my age,...

Young & Prudent: Eliminate the Overhead Part 1

We’d all be a little happier if we didn’t have to pay any bills. Simply existing with a place to sleep, eat, and shower is more expensive than ever these days. When I moved out after college, I was told my rent would always be my biggest bill. Of course, once you have a place...

Young & Prudent: Out With the Old

Editor’s Note: Former Wall Street Daily Managing Editor Samantha Solomon is taking a year-long sabbatical to work at a meditation retreat center in the Green Mountains of Vermont. We’ve invited Sam to share her thoughts and experiences as she adjusts to a significant lifestyle change, with an emphasis on budget priorities, long-term financial planning even...