Money

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

Amelia McDonell-Parry | December 7, 2010 - 2:39 pm

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

Leonora Epstein | December 7, 2010 - 2:10 pm

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

Amelia Timbers | December 6, 2010 - 8:00 pm

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?

Rainbow Kirby | December 3, 2010 - 12:20 pm

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Cash & Coupling: Seriously, Ladies, Get A Damn Prenup!

Amelia Timbers | December 2, 2010 - 5:00 pm

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

Amelia Timbers | December 1, 2010 - 3:00 pm

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 help… More »


What’s Your Spending Comfort Zone?

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | November 30, 2010 - 6:20 pm

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 is… More »


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

Julie Gerstein | November 24, 2010 - 12:20 pm

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

Colleen Meeks | November 22, 2010 - 7:30 pm

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!

Amelia Timbers | November 19, 2010 - 5:00 pm

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”

The Frisky | November 18, 2010 - 8:30 pm

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

Colleen Meeks | November 15, 2010 - 7:00 pm

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

Colleen Meeks | November 5, 2010 - 6:30 pm

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

Colleen Meeks | October 29, 2010 - 6:00 pm

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 dietitian… More »


Quick Tip Of The Day: Save Big With Coupon Codes

Wendy Atterberry | October 29, 2010 - 1:10 pm

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!

Diana Vilibert | October 27, 2010 - 6:00 pm

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 in… More »


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

Amelia McDonell-Parry | October 26, 2010 - 11:10 am

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

Colleen Meeks | October 22, 2010 - 5:00 pm

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”

The Frisky | October 15, 2010 - 7:30 pm

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

Colleen Meeks | October 14, 2010 - 5:00 pm

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 sometimes… More »


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