Money

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 the astronomical… 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 »


Cash & Coupling: Divorce In Your Future? Here Are 4 Steps To Take Before You Tie The Knot!

By: Amelia Timbers / November 19, 2010

When I think prenup, I think Donald Trump protecting his vast fortune from gold-digging spouses. But this is an outdated point of view. Getting a prenuptial agreement is actually a very savvy move for a pragmatic couple. Prenups are an example of one of the important financial choices women can make from the outset of… More »


Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 12: “Clothes Investment”

By: The Frisky / November 18, 2010

In the latest episode of “Therapy For Your Pocketbook,” Susie, a young professional, shares that she sees everything she buys as an investment … like sunglasses and blouses her daughter will wear someday. But, um, she doesn’t have a daughter, yet. Finance Expert Manisha Thakor explains that if you’re in serious credit card… More »


Money 101: How To Start Prepping Now For Your Inevitable 2010 Tax Return

By: Colleen Meeks / November 15, 2010

You’re not going to like this. But now — mid-November — would be a really smart time to start thinking about your 2010 taxes. Yes, going to the gynecologist sounds like more fun. And, sure, right now the only taxes you’re thinking about are the sales taxes on your holiday purchases, but consider this: with… More »


Cash & Coupling: Advice For When You Or Your S.O. Changes Careers And Takes A Pay Cut

By: Colleen Meeks / November 5, 2010

We know you love your man for more than how much he reminds you of Don Draper when he puts on his suit and tie every day, just like we know that you aren’t with him for his paycheck. That said, a voluntary career change involving a serious pay cut isn’t necessarily easy to cope… More »


Money 101: 8 Tips For Eating Healthy On A Budget

By: Colleen Meeks / October 29, 2010

When you’re looking to trim your budget, it can be easy to cut down on what you spend on food. You can stop getting that latte every morning on your way to work and eat like you’re still in college. (Ramen, anyone?) But what if eating well is a priority, too? Elizabeth Somer, registered dietitia… More »


Quick Tip Of The Day: Save Big With Coupon Codes

By: Wendy Atterberry / October 29, 2010

In the last year or so, I’ve turned into my mother and have become obsessed with using coupon codes when shopping online. I’m so obsessed, that I never make a purchase online without searching for a coupon code first. I’d say about 75 percent of the time, I’m successful in that search. Anyway, I wanted… More »


Frisky Rant: Pay Off Your Own Debt!

By: Diana Vilibert / October 27, 2010

I graduated from college two years ago with $115,000 in student loans. I’m paying them off a little at a time, and when I need a reason to drink, I like to play with loan payoff calculators online, which tell me that, if my monthly payments stay as they are, I should be done i… More »


Poll: Have You Ever Snooped Through Your Significant Other’s Finances?

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 26, 2010

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Money 101: How To Make The Most Of Reverse Empty-Nesting

By: Colleen Meeks / October 22, 2010

Sometimes when you hit rock bottom, there’s only one place to go – back home with Mom and Dad. As layoffs and overwhelming debt are knocking members of our generation on their asses, many are flocking home to the safety net they couldn’t wait to escape at age 18. There isn’t any shame in going… More »


Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 11: “Stocks, Bonds and Metaphors”

By: The Frisky / October 15, 2010

In the latest episode of “Therapy For Your Pocketbook,” Diane, a recent divorcee, comes clean and admits that although she signed up for a Roth IRA, she has no clue how to invest her dollars. Finance Expert Manisha Thakor explains that there are funds specifically created for new investors who aren’t stock market-savvy. More »


Cash & Coupling: How To Sell An Engagement Ring

By: Colleen Meeks / October 14, 2010

When a man gets down on one knee and offers you a ring, it can be one of the most blindingly blissful experiences of your life. But sometimes, after you accept the offering and your eyes adjust to the light, you realize that while diamonds last forever, the men who give them to you sometime… More »


Poll: How Do You Shop For A Car?

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 12, 2010

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Cash & Coupling: How Much Does A Baby Really Cost?

By: Colleen Meeks / October 11, 2010

I have two children, and we’re expecting our third (and last … hello, vasectomy!) in the spring. I recently saw a billboard that claimed babies cost about $700 a month. I did the math on my 2.5 kids, and holy disposable income; the figure hurt. The billboard was an advertisement to deter teenage pregnancy, but… More »


Money 101: How To Avoid 7 Common Savings Pitfalls

By: Colleen Meeks / October 7, 2010

This past payday, I was as excited about having the funds to bring home this season’s faux fur vest as I was about skimming 10 percent off the top and watching our savings account increase. And I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of myself for being responsible enough to make that deposit regularly &#8211… More »


Money 101: How To Meaningfully Reduce Your Expenses

By: Amelia Timbers / October 4, 2010

Financial tips like “skip your latte” are obnoxious. So are suggestions to camp rather than stay in hotels, separate two-ply toilet paper and cook eggs in the dishwasher. After all, I don’t want my life to suck. While it’s true that incremental expenditures add up over time, the biggest factors affecting spending have to do… More »


Money 101: How To Save For The Big Stuff

By: Amelia Timbers / September 29, 2010

Let’s face it, saving money is a bitch. But all the big stuff in life — car, college, marriage, kids, travel — have equally big dollar signs attached. To minimize debt, saving for these expenditures ahead of time is important. Here are six effective strategies to set money aside — and keep it there. More »


What Do You Spend Money On And What Do You Save On?

By: Susannah Breslin / September 28, 2010

Lately, I’ve got money on the brain. So when my bag broke a few weeks ago, I couldn’t decide what I should buy to replace it. For a variety of reasons, my shopping prospects were limited when I went to buy it on the fly. I went to a variety of boutiques, some of which… More »


Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 10: “Sandals, Sundresses & Silence, Please”

By: The Frisky / September 23, 2010

In the latest episode of “Therapy For Your Pocketbook,” Connie, a teacher who is stressed from trying to keep her third graders from setting their surroundings on fire, ponders what to do with some extra cash. Become an investor or a jetsetter? Finance Expert Manisha Thakor helps her find a way to do… More »


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