Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 14: “Avoid Lifestyle Creep”

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 30, 2011

Money 101: Do Good With Charitable Donations – And Get Deductions, Too!

By: Rainbow Kirby / January 28, 2011
The onslaught of tax return documents starting arriving in my mailbox a few weeks ago -- from banks and places of employment (I had a few last year) -- and I began to feel the familiar and perennial angst; tax day is coming! I stuck most of them in a pile to be looked at… More »

Money 101: Identifying The Money Drains In Your Life

By: Rainbow Kirby / January 19, 2011
I’m amazed at how every time I walk out of my apartment, cash just seems to seep out of my wallet. So, this year, in a conscious effort to make my paycheck stretch a bit longer, I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on my miscellaneous expenses. Here are some common dollar drains I’ve found and… More »

Money 101: Visualizing Your Financial Future

By: Rainbow Kirby / January 12, 2011
In January, many of us take the time to reflect on our progress and trajectory in life, mentally scribbling a personal scorecard for the past year. We analyze and comb through the personal, the professional, the spiritual and the financial. Did I crush that credit card debt? Increase my 401k contributions? Save more, spend less? More »

My Two Cents: I Resolve To Stop Renting!

By: Rainbow Kirby / January 7, 2011
Before the horns blew and the ball dropped, my friends went around the table sharing their resolutions for the New Year. More sex. Lose weight. Save money. Be a better person. Stop dating deadbeats. One of those was mine. The other I shared with my boyfriend the next morning. “2011 is going to be a… More »

Poll: How Much Are You In The Hole From The Holidays?

By: Rainbow Kirby / January 4, 2011
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Money 101: Do I Really Have To Give So-And-So A Gift?

By: Colleen Meeks / December 24, 2010
You’ve probably made your shopping list and checked it three or four times by now this holiday season. Some of the people on there are no-brainers; you know you have to buy your mom a gift. But after you put the obvious folks on there and move further down the list, you always get the… More »

Have You Had To Move Back In With Your Folks?

By: Julie Gerstein / December 21, 2010
Despite reports to the contrary, the recession seems to be alive and well--especially if you ask those of us in our 20s and 30s who are still looking for jobs, and who might have had to move back home. I know all too well what that's like. When I was 26, I returned from a… More »

Money 101: How To Resist Common Holiday Pitfalls

By: Colleen Meeks / December 20, 2010
As much as I would love to tell you to take the holidays off from having to worry about money, the fact is, the bazillion dollars we Americans spend every year celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's are all the more reason to be responsible about your finances. The blur and excitement of the seaso… More »

Don’t Let Santa Bring You Debt This Year For Christmas

By: Joanne Hinkel / December 13, 2010
Even though it’s less than two weeks until December 25th, I’m experiencing a small Christmas miracle: I’m not feeling the holiday panic. Why? The day after Thanksgiving I put together a gift-giving plan for my loved ones and accompanying to-do list and I've been chipping away at it -- both online and by shopping here… More »

Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 13: “But I Want to Buy A House Now!”

By: The Frisky / December 9, 2010
In the latest episode of “Therapy For Your Pocketbook,” Connie, who recently moved in with her boyfriend, shares her desire to move away from their bongo-playing, hippie neighbors and move into a house of their own. But she’s torn between saving for retirement and saving for a home. Finance Expert Manisha Thakor… More »

Is Investing In Divorce The Wrongest Thing Ever, Or Kinda-Sorta Good?

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 7, 2010
In fun holiday news, a new type of investment company is popping up around the country. If you're intimidated by the stock market, maybe you'll want to invest in divorce proceedings? Or not. Two companies—Balance Point Divorce Funding in Beverly Hills and Churchill Divorce Finance in New York—let you contribute to a woman (or man)… More »

MIT Smarties Create Interactive Wallets

By: Leonora Epstein / December 7, 2010
Raise your hand if you've ever avoided looking at your credit card bill (easier now, thanks to automatic payments) or bank balance? We're oftentimes guilty of not managing our money as best we could, and we hate to use technology as the culprit, but you can't deny that money is becoming increasingly abstract with… More »

Money 101: Why You Need A 401(k) Now

By: Amelia Timbers / December 6, 2010
Retirement seems so far away. Then again, so did 30 and that’s all up in my grill. Like other distant things, thinking about retirement is easy to delay in favor of the triage of daily life. But objects in the mirror are closer than they appear. Since there's no way to rapidly save for retirement… More »

Poll: How Much Do You Contribute To Your Rent/Mortgage?

By: Rainbow Kirby / December 3, 2010
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Cash & Coupling: Seriously, Ladies, Get A Damn Prenup!

By: Amelia Timbers / December 2, 2010
Prenups are a backup plan. Like any other backup plan -- the fold-up flats in your purse, tampons in your desk drawer at work, the rape whistle on your keychain -- you don’t expect to use it, and you really hope not to, but thank God it’s there when you need it. For women, divorce… More »

Cash & Coupling: How To Make A Divorce Suck Less Financially

By: Amelia Timbers / December 1, 2010
Last time in Cash & Coupling, we covered how to go into a marriage making financial choices that would benefit you in the event of a future divorce. But what about after disaster strikes and the marriage is over? (I know, we're thinking real positive around these parts.) Here are five tips designed to… More »

What’s Your Spending Comfort Zone?

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 30, 2010
Most of the items in my closet probably cost between $5 and $75. I'm a huge fan of thrift stores, discount stores, and clearance racks. My mom raised me to hunt relentlessly for the best deal, so even when I'm doing fine financially, a $50 price tag will give me pause. A $100 item i… More »

Crippling College Debt: How Do You Manage Your Student Loans?

By: Julie Gerstein / November 24, 2010
Education is supposed to enrich our lives and make us more worldly and learned. But for many of us, higher ed just brings on thoughts of debilitating debt and crashing credit scores. According to the Project on Student Debt, the average 2009 graduate owes around $24,000 after graduation. But that's nothing compared to… More »

Money 101: How To Help Your Parents Through The Recession

By: Colleen Meeks / November 22, 2010
It seems like the floundering economy has taken its toll on everyone in some way or another. Maybe you ended up in the unemployment line, or maybe your pantry’s stocked with nothing but store-brand food. And while the financial environment may have led you to cringe whenever you look at your checking account statement, our… More »

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