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Adulthood Made Easy

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If you feel lost in a new city, overwhelmed by your taxes, frustrated by dating, or scared to switch jobs, tune in weekly to Adulthood Made Easy, where twenty-something host Sam Zabell works through listeners’ problems and questions about the sometimes-scary “real world.” Along the way, she addresse… read more

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Adulthood Made Easy: Sam's Soliloquy

February 27th, 2017


On the final episode of Adulthood Made Easy, Sam shares what she's learned, what she'll miss and what she won't. Plus, a special guest appearance …

Adulthood Made Easy: Your Favorite Moments

February 20th, 2017


In this episode, Sam hears from you! We play listener voicemails reflecting on your favorite moments of the show. 

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Adulthood Made Easy: On Balancing with Ashley Ford

February 13th, 2017


Ashley Ford is a writer and public speaker living in Brooklyn. She and Sam talk about how to stay informed nowadays while taking care of yourself. 

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Adulthood Made Easy: There's Really an Adulting School

February 6th, 2017


Sam speaks with Rachel Weinstein and Katie Brunelle about The Adulting School, their online school that teaches real world skills like handling your …

Adulthood Made Easy: It's a Small World

January 30th, 2017


Sam speaks with the creators of Mavenly & Co. Kate Gremillion and Tallia Deljou, who Sam met through her sorority in college. Their business …

Adulthood Made Easy: A Roach You Might Just Love

January 23rd, 2017


Last year Amanda Huang made the resolution to get as many free meals in New York City as she possibly could and document it. She talks with Sam about …

Adulthood Made Easy: Developing Your "Cooking Habit"

January 16th, 2017


Sam speaks with Emily Gerger, creator of the Cooking Habit, a program to help people incorporate cooking in their lives and develop a lifelong cooking habit. 

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Adulthood Made Easy: 30 Under 30's Rhonesha Byng

January 9th, 2017


Sam sits down with Rhonesha Byng who recently made Forbes' 30 under 30 list. She the founder and CEO of Her Agenda, a media platform for millennial women. She shares about how starting starting in journalism in high …

Adulthood Made Easy: Confronting the Kitchen

January 2nd, 2017


Sam sits down with Real Simple Food Director Dawn Perry for some kitchen fundamentals. They'll talk about cooking essentials from the knives you need to the pantry items. Plus, some quick tips for making cooking part of …

Adulthood Made Easy: Becoming a "Financial Grownup"

December 26th, 2016


Sam talks with financial expert Bobbi Rebell about her new book How to Be a Financial Grownup and a few easy things you can do in January to become a money master in 2017.

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Adulthood Made Easy: Getting Your Sh*t Together with Sarah Knight

December 19th, 2016


Sarah Knight author ofThe Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do speaks with Sam about her latest book.

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Adulthood Made Easy: Gilmore Girls Revival

December 12th, 2016


Sam and her colleagues sit down to talk about the Gilmore Girls reboot and how Rory Gilmore is portrayed as an entitled millennial who cannot seem to …

Adulthood Made Easy: Tackling Modern Dating with Why Oh Why Host Andrea Silenzi

December 5th, 2016


Sam sits down with Andrea Silenzi, host the modern-dating podcast Why Oh Why, to tackle the question of who should buy the first drink. They'll …

Adulthood Made Easy: Mara Wilson, Star of Matilda, on Starting Over

November 28th, 2016


Sam and Mara talk about her early years in movies, including Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, and her journey to becoming a writer.

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Adulthood Made Easy: Nelufar Hedayat on "The Traffickers" & Post-Election thoughts

November 21st, 2016


Sam sits down with  international journalist Nelufar Hedayat to talk about her past year's work making a new documentary "The Traffickers." 

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Adulthood Made Easy: Thanksgiving Orphans

November 14th, 2016


Sam speaks with two friends who can't make it home for Thanksgiving, so they share the traditions they created instead. 

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Adulthood Made Easy: Abbi Jacobson on Coloring, Comedy, and Carrying

November 7th, 2016


Abbi joins Sam to discuss her new book, CARRY THIS BOOK, and how she balances her love of art with her demanding day job.

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Adulthood Made Easy: How to Find (And Use) Your Voice

October 31st, 2016


Sam speaks with Leah Bonvissuto from Bespoken, a company that uses theater techniques to help clients hone their public speaking and “empower your voice.” Leah offers key advice for overcoming your fear of speaking in …

Adulthood Made Easy: Sometimes You Don’t Have a Career Path

October 24th, 2016


Sam talks to Danielle Claro, a colleague from Real Simple, who explains how she went from dancer to editor, and why she doesn’t feel she made …

Adulthood Made Easy: Landlord Nightmares

October 17th, 2016


Sam talks with two guest about their worst landlords ever. Raz's story includes an eviction. Kristen's included nudity. Happy renting!

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Adulthood Made Easy: Breaking Through Your Quarter Life Crisis

October 10th, 2016


Sam talks with Adam Smiley Poswolsky, a career expert focused on helping 20- and 30-somethings break out of their career rut and pursue a path that …

Adulthood Made Easy: Going Back to School to Pursue Your Passion

October 3rd, 2016


Sam talks to her friend and coworker Grace, who recently started attending culinary school part-time. Grace discusses how she affords it, how she …

Why You Need a Feminist Fight Club

September 26th, 2016


Sam talks to journalist and Feminist Fight Club founder Jessica Bennett about how women can fight sexism in the workplace, support their female coworkers, and get the credit they deserve. Learn more about Bennett and …

Adulthood Made Easy: The Roommate(s) From Hell

September 19th, 2016


Everyone has a horror story from living with a roommate—but Sam has asked listeners to share stories that will make you feel grateful for your living …

Adulthood Made Easy: Smart Money Moves You Should Make

September 12th, 2016


Should you invest? How should you pay off your loans? What do you really need in your savings account? Shannah Compton Game, financial expert and …

Adulthood Made Easy: It’s More Than Just “Sad”

September 5th, 2016


Sam talks to NYC-based psychologist Dr. Tiffany Miller about two things no one talks about when you enter the real world: depression and anxiety.

Adulthood Made Easy: Taking Your Relationship Long Distance

August 29th, 2016


Sam's boyfriend recently moved hundreds of miles away to attend graduate school. How will she cope with dating him from afar? Her boss Laura and …

Adulthood Made Easy: Moving to a New City After College, Then Moving Again and Again

August 22nd, 2016


Kim Struglinski has lived in 3 cities in the past 4 years, plus she travels all the time for work. And she's only 26 years old. Kim shares her story …

Adulthood Made Easy: Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me

August 15th, 2016


Do you ever wish you could go into adulthood with a full guidebook created by your mom? Margaux Bergen thought her kids might, and so she wrote a …

Adulthood Made Easy: Getting Engaged, Then Changing Your Mind

August 8th, 2016


Some of us date in our twenties. Some of us get engaged. And then there are those of us, like Jessica Pasko who get engaged and break it off before the wedding. Pasko is a former journalist who now works in the greater …

Adulthood Made Easy: Sam, Like Most Millennials, Does Not Have a Credit Card

August 1st, 2016


Nearly two-thirds of millennials in America do not own a credit card, according to a survey commissioned by Bankrate and compiled by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Among them: Sam Zabell. Sam talks …

Adulthood Made Easy: From Theatre Major to Business School Grad

July 25th, 2016


Sam's friend Maddy, who studied theatre and psychology as an undergrad, talks about uprooting her New York life to pursue business school in London.

Adulthood Made Easy: The High School Reunion

July 18th, 2016


Sam has no interest in attending her high school reunion. Can two people who attended their own reunions change her mind? Laura, who went to high …

Adulthood Made Easy: Moving Back In With The Parents

July 11th, 2016


Sam talks with her sister Ally, a recent college graduate, about how she's coping with her new old roommates: her parents. 

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Adulthood Made Easy: The Art of Reinvention

July 4th, 2016


Do you wish you could be someone other than who you were in high school or college? Meet Tammy Tibbetts, who went from "most shy" in high school, to …

Adulthood Made Easy: We Should Start Thinking About Work-Life Balance

June 27th, 2016


Sam talks to Anne-Marie Slaughter, who offers some advice to grads on planning for the future, and why “care is as important as career.” Slaughter is the president of New America Foundation and author of Unfinished …

Adulthood Made Easy: Where Dating Comes From

June 20th, 2016


Ever wondered what the first real date looked like? Moira Weigel, author of the new book Labor of Love, sheds light on the history of dating, and why …

Adulthood Made Easy: I Just Graduated… Now What?

June 13th, 2016


Sam talks to Katherine Schwarzenegger about how she spent her first year after college—interviewing awesome, influential people, from Serena Williams …

Adulthood Made Easy: Finding Humor In Loss

June 6th, 2016


Sam talks to Nora McInerny Purmort about loss, cancer, single motherhood, and laughter.

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Adulthood Made Easy: Dr. Meg Jay on Why Your Twenties Matter

May 30th, 2016


Sam talks with Dr. Meg Jay, author of “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter And How to Make the Most of Them Now.” From work to family to love, Dr. Jay has concrete words of advice and reassurance for people …

Adulthood Made Easy: The Career Codes You Need to Follow

May 23rd, 2016


Sam talks to Clique Media and WhoWhatWear founders Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power about their new book, The Career Code, and what all new graduates need to know before they format their resume.

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Adulthood Made Easy: Real Artists Have Day Jobs

May 16th, 2016


Sam talks to comedian and author Sara Benincasa whose book, Real Artists Have Day Jobs, reassures everyone that just because you have a “real job” doesn’t mean you’re not also an artist. We need salaries to survive, …

Adulthood Made Easy: Finding Fame on the Internet

May 9th, 2016


Sam continues her Side Hustle series with Rebecca Blaine Carton and Kira McCarthy. Blain Carton works part time for a non-profit theatre company. McCarthy also works for a non-profit, one focused on maternal mental …

Adulthood Made Easy: The Face of the Zoodle

May 2nd, 2016


Sam talks to Ali Maffucci of Inspiralized about her wildly successful spiralizing blog, and how she moved from corporate America to cooking in her …

Adulthood Made Easy: Netflix and Chill? There’s a Poem for That

April 25th, 2016


Sam talks to Samantha Jayne, the voice of @QuarterLifePoetry, about her hilarious rhymes and how they came to be. Buy the book on Amazon: 

Adulthood Made Easy: When Your Day Job and Passion Project Are Almost the Same

April 18th, 2016


Sam talks to Elyssa Goldberg, who is a magazine editor by day—and by night. She edits and, and amazingly, isn’t tired of …

Adulthood Made Easy: Balancing Your Side Hustle and Your Main Hustle

April 11th, 2016


Welcome to the first episode of our Side Hustle Series! This week, bestselling author Jessica Knoll explains how she balanced, essentially, two …

Adulthood Made Easy: Why Are We Getting Burnt Out At Work?

April 4th, 2016


Sam is joined by Jamie Mendell, whose burnout led her down a completely different path, and Time Inc’s SVP of Talent Management Bucky Keady, who has seen burnout countless times in her office. 

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Adulthood Made Easy: This Comic Book Artist Has Your Dream Job

March 28th, 2016


Sarah Andersen, of Sarah’s Scribbles, is a full-time comic. Her new book, Adulthood Is a Myth, is full of hilarious scenarios all twentysomethings …

Adulthood Made Easy: What Happens When You Move In Together?

March 21st, 2016


Sam invites her friends and their boyfriends to come into the studio and discuss what it was like to move in together, and what it's like to go from dates to roommates. 

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What’s the Secret to a Lasting Friendship?

March 14th, 2016


Sam brings one of her close friends into the studio, as well as friendship expert Shasta Nelson, whose new book is available now on Amazon. Buy it here: 

Navigating the Weird World of Dating

March 7th, 2016


Sam talks to Lisa Bonos (@lisabonos), writer and editor for Washington Post’s blog, Solo-ish, about digital dating, finding “the one,” and what …

Being a Bridesmaid Will Cost You

February 29th, 2016


Sam talks to Michelle Kennedy, who has walked down the aisle for friends a dozen times, as well as Jen Glantz, professional bridesmaid and founder of Bridesmaid for Hire, about budgeting as a bridesmaid and avoiding …

Learning to Spot Gender Bias

February 22nd, 2016


Sam talks to Amber Madison, about what young people can do when they encounter damaging gender biases in the workplace. Learn more about Amber’s company at:

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Need A Friend? There's An App For That.

February 15th, 2016


Sam talks to Olivia June Poole, co-founder of Hey! VINA, a new Tinder-like app for finding your new BFF. 

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The Psychology of Ghosting

February 8th, 2016


Sam drags her friend into the studio to discuss her online dating life, and consults an expert as to WHY people get “ghosted” in the first place.

Don’t Let Technology Run (or Ruin) Your Life

February 1st, 2016


Two editors from the Huffington Post embarked on bold challenges to reduce tech disturbances: turning off notifications and only speaking to people …

How to Break Free From Your Email

January 25th, 2016


Sam talks to Lindsey Stanberry, of Refinery29, to find out how she was able to unplug from her email for an entire week.   Read Lindsey's full story …

The Myth of Wanderlust

January 20th, 2016


Sam talks to writer Caroline Beaton about why traveling didn't solve all of her problems - and what she learned.   Tweet Me: @samzabell Visit:

What You Won't See On My Instagram

January 11th, 2016


Sam talks to the co-founders of Cropped, a new essay and photo project that will make you revisit your relationship with social media.   Visit Cropped and submit your own stories at:   Tweet …

New Year's Career Resolutions

January 5th, 2016


Sam gleans some tips on how to achieve those lofty career goals from her colleague and friend of the show Bucky Keady, the Senior Vice President of …

New Year's Money Resolutions

December 14th, 2015


Sam learns some financial tips for the new year from two writers - Senior Writer Donna Rosato and Social Media Editor Alicia Adamczyk.   Tweet Me: @samzabell Visit:   Today's show is brought …

Acting Like Your Old Self

December 14th, 2015


We go home for the holidays and immediately revert to our angsty teenage selves. How can we halt the regression?   Tweet Us: @samzabell Visit:

How to Do a "Spending Fast"

November 30th, 2015


Whether you want to cut Seamless out of your life cold-turkey, or just want to figure out how to cut back on your expenses, Anna Newell Jones, author …

Hosting Your First Holiday

November 16th, 2015


Sam talks to Adrianna Adarme of A Cozy Kitchen about hosting Thanksgiving in your tiny apartment, and shares a secret-slash-amazing recipe for mashed potatoes. This episode was sponsored by Cards Direct. Add a …

How to Turn (Multiple) Failures into a Major Success

November 9th, 2015


Sam talks to writer, illustrator, and designer Emily McDowell on careers that bombed, social media pressures, and how to become the CEO of your own company.     Add a personalized touch to your greeting cards this …

Your Non-Scary Guide to Open Enrollment

November 2nd, 2015


If you’ve recently received an email about open enrollment season—don’t panic. Sam talks to Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO of PolicyGenius, to demystify …

How Am I Supposed to Make Friends?

October 26th, 2015


Sam and Rachel W. Miller, Senior Lifestyle Editor at BuzzFeed, discuss finding BFFs as an adult, and the need for a service like Tinder—but for …

How to Make Your Apartment Look Expensive

October 20th, 2015


Stephanie Sisco, home editor at Real Simple, shares DIYs, shopping secrets, and style advice for decorating your apartment on a budget. 

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Job-Hopping: Good Move or Bad Move?

October 12th, 2015


Sam talks to Bucky Keady, VP Talent at Time Inc and Maxie McCoy of Levo League to find out whether or not you really need to stay at a job for an entire year.

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Quitting Without a Plan

October 6th, 2015


How do you know when it’s time to leave your job—and what you’re supposed to do next? Sam talks to Tess Vigeland to find out what happened when she decided to leave her 11-year career.

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How to Negotiate a Raise As a 20-Something

September 28th, 2015


Sam speaks to Professor Margaret Neale at Stanford University about how to negotiate a raise. For more from Professor Margaret Neale, visit her website

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Adulthood Made Easy: Fast Decisions

September 21st, 2015


Sam speaks to her best friend Carly about a major career decision she made (very quickly!) 

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Adulthood Made Easy: Finding (and Following) Your Creative Calling

September 14th, 2015


Sam talks to Elle Luna, whose essay “The Crossroads of Should and Must” touched millions of people

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The Quarter Life Crisis

September 7th, 2015


  What do you do when you suddenly realize you're not in the right place or at the right job?

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How to Create the Career You Want

August 31st, 2015


  Sam talks to Veronica Belmont, who has created a crazy, cool freelance career simply by following her passions.

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Adulthood Made Easy: Turning One Cup of Coffee into a Yearlong Adventure

August 24th, 2015


Sam talks to Megan Gebhart, whose project “52 Cups of Coffee” taught her many things about telling stories and making connections. Want the Real Simple podcasts delivered straight to your inbox? Opt into our weekly …

Adulthood Made Easy: Embracing Failure

August 17th, 2015


Sam talks to Jessica Bacal, who talked to 25 successful women about their biggest career mistakes and what everyone can learn from them.  Want the …

Coworkers--New Competition or New BFF?

August 10th, 2015


  Advice on how to establish good office friendships—without crossing any lines.

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Finding a Doctor

August 3rd, 2015


This week, it’s all about finding a doctor, staying on top of your health, and not letting Web MD misdiagnose your symptoms.   Want the Real Simple podcasts delivered straight to your inbox? Opt into our weekly …

Adulthood Made Easy: What I Wish I Knew After Graduating

July 27th, 2015


Five recent (and not-as-recent) grads discuss the weird, scary, fun, exciting things they remember about the first year out of college.   Want the …

Guide for Grads: Dating Then vs. Dating Now

July 20th, 2015


Having a "boyfriend" looks a lot different in the real world than it did in college. Sam talks to her best friend and a dating expert to find out …

Guide for Grads: “I Have Nothing to Wear”

July 13th, 2015


Not sure if your closet is office-appropriate? Bucky Keady, VP Talent at Time Inc., and Angela Matusik, Executive Editor at InStyle, share the fashion advice all young professionals need to know.   This episode is …

Guide for Grads: Beginner’s Guide to Healthcare

July 6th, 2015


Everything you wanted to know (but maybe were afraid to ask) about picking the perfect plan, plus, how to actually use it.

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Guide for Grads Ep 9 - Bad Bosses

June 29th, 2015


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Guide for Grads Episode 8: Let's Talk Money

June 22nd, 2015


This week's episode goes over the major things all grads need to know about finances—from paying off student loans to contributing to a 401-K. 

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Guide for Grads Episode 7: Game the Grocery Store

June 15th, 2015


Cooking like an adult starts in a very scary place—the aisles of a grocery store. This week, how to shop like a pro, plan your meals, and maybe save …

Guide for Grads Episode 6: What to Do on Day 1 of Your New Job

June 8th, 2015


In this episode, Sam talks to career expert Lindsey Pollak about the first thirty days at a new office, and how to make sure you build a foundation …

Guide for Grads Episode 5: Ace the Interview

June 1st, 2015


Sam talks to Kathleen Harris, VP Content Development at Levo, about how to make a good first impression and answer the tough questions.   This …

Guide for Grads Episode 4: Moving Back Home

May 25th, 2015


Sam talks to friends who moved back into childhood bedrooms after graduation for advice on how to live like you’re in high school without letting it …

Guide for Grads Episode 3: Hire Me, Please!

May 18th, 2015


This week on Adulthood Made Easy’s Guide for Grads, get insider tricks to make your resume and cover letter stand out. This episode of Adulthood Made …

Guide for Grads Episode 2: Feels (Sort of) Like Home

May 11th, 2015


Moving to a new city is just one more of the scary things you have to do immediately after graduation. In the second installment of Guide for Grads, Sam talks to Terri White, editor of Time Out New York, about the best …

Guide for Grads Episode 1: Keep in Touch!

May 4th, 2015


For the next five weeks, Adulthood Made Easy’s Samantha Zabell helps you navigate about some of the most important, stressful issues that soon-to-be …

Adulthood Made Easy Episode 9: Find Your Perfect Apartment

April 27th, 2015


Sam talks to real estate expert Ilyce Glink for advice on  finding an apartment in her budget, deciphering a lease, and how to deal with awful …

Adulthood Made Easy Ep. 8 - Get a Clean Apartment with Minimal Effort

April 20th, 2015


Sam and Real Simple home editor Stephanie Sisco talk cleaning hacks, must-have supplies, and the germiest things you keep forgetting to clean.   This week’s episode is sponsored by The Honest Company — safe products for …

Adulthood Made Easy Ep 7: No More Boxed Wine!

April 13th, 2015


Sam talks to Amy Zavatto, wine and spirits expert, about how to buy and order wine like an adult—that means it probably costs more than $5 a bottle.

Adulthood Made Easy Ep 6: Online Dating

April 6th, 2015


How do you online date, anyway? An app? A website? All about how to find a good catch through online dating.

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Adulthood Made Easy Ep 5 : Finding a Mentor

March 30th, 2015


How do you identify that person at the office who will guide and advise you without sounding like you’re looking for a babysitter? Sam consults Bucky …

Adulthood Made Easy Ep 4: Making a Budget (and Sticking to It)

March 23rd, 2015


In this episode, finance expert and author Nicole Lapin offers an easy way to sort out your finances—because it's possible to set a budget and still …

Adulthood Made Easy Ep 3: Taxes 101 or How to Do Your Taxes for the First Time

March 16th, 2015


Doing your taxes is a necessary, yet stressful, rite of passage. In this episode, Sam talks to tax expert Barbara Weltman to go over the process and …

Adulthood Made Easy Ep 2: Cooking for Yourself

March 9th, 2015


Sam talks to Joe Yonan, cookbook author and Food and Dining editor at the Washington Post, about kitchen essentials, grocery shopping tips, and how to make weeknight meals much easier. 

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Adulthood Made Easy Ep 1: Negotiating Your First Salary

March 2nd, 2015


In this episode, Sam Zabell talks to Greg Giangrande, her company's Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, for tips on negotiating your first salary, and exactly how to ask for that first raise. The …

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