Become a Friend With Benefits


We are delighted to hear daily that Improvised Life has become an essential source of inspiration, ideas, and change in our readers’ lives. Writing, researching, and curating our diverse content is a 60+ hour per week job. After 5 years of footing the bill ourselves, we need your help.

For a contribution of $1.99 a month or $18 a year (less than the price of one cappuccino, one movie rental or a pack of gum…) you can help us remain ad-free.

In return you’ll have complete access to every new article and our giant archive of 4,000 articles. We invite you to support what you enjoy and value.

$1.99Monthly $18Annual

Don’t want to subscribe? You can still enjoy 5 free articles every 30-days on us.


Find answers on our FAQ here and below, including how not to have your subscription new automatically, or what to do if your password won’t access IL (an occasional, easily resolvable browser issue). Please read carefully.

Really Love Us?

If you really love IL and would like to express that love concretely, we welcome donations of any amount. To donate more than the standard subscription fee, simply change the amount after you’ve clicked the subscription buttons above.

Give Improvised Life as a Gift as a single month or a year’s subscription by clicking here.



Find answers on our FAQ here, and below. Please read carefully.


Friends with Benefits FAQ

How do I subscribe?

Go to our Friends with Benefits Page or Click “Subscribe” on Improvised Life’s right sidebar. Select the subscription option you want: $1.99/monthly or $18/yearly recurring. (You can also tailor the amount you’d like to give.) You’ll then be prompted to submit your payment information.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards —Visa, Mastercard and American Express — as well as PayPal and Dwolla. Through Tinypass, our easy-to-use payment system, you’ll have your choice.

What if I want to give more than $1.99/month or $18/year?

Once you see the TinyPass pay form window, you can choose any amount you wish to pay.

What happens after I subscribe?

You’ll receive a confirmation email from Tinypass. Be sure to look for [email protected] in your Inbox and in Spam. Follow its instructions to set up a password for your account. Then go to Improvised Life and SIGN IN to read all the articles you want.

If I subscribe for a month or a year, what happens when my subscription is over?

Your subscription will automatically renew unless you cancel or change it from your Tinypass account at

What if I don’t want my subscription to automatically renew?

Go into your Tinypass account that was automatically created when you subscribed and CANCEL your subscription. You will continue to have access for the amount of time you paid for i.e. one month or one year.

To do that go to:, log in to your account and click on the Improvised Life icon. Then go to Manage Subscriptions and click CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION.

If at the end of the year you want to renew, you can do it through Tinypass OR via Friends with Benefits page. And if you don’t remember when your year is up, Tinypass will give you a gentle nudge after you’ve read the 5 free articles for that month. You can decide then if you want to renew.

HELP! I subscribed, got my confirmation from Tinypass, and went to sign-in at Improvised Life. But it wouldn’t recognize my username and password. How do I access the content I paid for?

Sometimes the browser gets “stuck” in an outdated mode and needs help to see new info.

The simple fix for this is to refresh the sign-in browser page several times. That clears the old information and lets Tinypass recognize the new subscription.

If this doesn’t work, try emptying your browser’s cache, then refresh several times.

If the problem continues, go into your browser’s Preferences and chose “enable 3rd party cookies” in order to stay logged in. This usually solves 99% of these types of issues.

If you are STILL not able to log in from Improvised Life, try to log in through Piano/Tinypass.
Go to
Enter your login details (email and password). You can reset your password here too.
Once logged in: 1) click on the Improvised Life subscription image
2) click on the “Open Launch your content in a new window
3) That’s it! You’re now logged in.

How do I manage my account?

When you subscribe, you automatically create a Tinypass account with an email address and password. To make any changes, go to and login to your account using your email address and password. Click on the Improvised Life box. From there, you can make changes to your password, payment form, or subscription.You can even give subscriptions as a gift.

What if my credit card changes?

Simply go to, log in to your account with your email address and password and click on the Improvised Life icon. Then go to Manage Subscriptions. You can change your credit card information.

How do I change my subscription from monthly to yearly?

First log-in to Tinypassat and cancel your monthly subscription.  Your subscription will remain active until you’ve used up the remaining days of that month. This is to prevent you from accidentally enrolling in two subscriptions at the same time.
Once your month is over, you can sign up for a yearly subscription, using your Tinypass sign-in.

What if I want to cancel my subscription?

You can cancel a subscription any time by signing in to your Tinypass account at  You will have access to articles for the remaining time on your subscription. (The yearly $18 subscription represents your commitment to be a Friend with Benefits for a year, for a reduced rate of $1.50 per month. Our payment system does not allow refunds.)

Can I give Improvised Life subscriptions as a gift?

Yes. Once you have a TinyPass account, you can sign in and choose that option. OR fill out the form on this page.

What if I encounter a problem?

Email us at [email protected]. We will answer as soon as we are able.