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

The Frisky | September 23, 2010 - 8:45 pm

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 »

Money 101: 3 Very Good Reasons Not To Buy A Home — Yet

Amelia Timbers | September 21, 2010 - 6:30 pm

During a coffee break at the Boston Federal Reserve’s housing crisis conference, I answered my 23-year-old, unemployed, freshly engaged sister’s phone call. She and her (also young but at least employed) fiancé were shopping for homes near San Francisco, where housing prices start above half a million dollars, and wasn’t I so excited for her? More »

Money 101: 11 Personal Finance Reads To Change Your Life

Amelia Timbers | September 17, 2010 - 7:00 pm

In finance, there’s a canon that everyone on Wall Street has read: Benjamin Graham, Adam Smith, and Robert Schiller. But no canon exists for personal finance. In fact, most personal finance books are a frustrating waste of time and money. From Suze Orman’s factually incorrect information to Jim Cramer’s super-caffeinated hysteria, it’s a sad field… More »

Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 9: “Store Credit Cards — Danger Ahead!“

The Frisky | September 16, 2010 - 8:00 pm

In the latest episode of “Therapy For Your Pocketbook,” Suzie, a young professional, gets seduced by the lure of “15 percent off” that comes with opening a new store credit card. Finance Expert Manisha Thakor urges her to be responsible and warns if her credit score gets damaged, she may wind up with the… More »

My Two Cents: Home Decorating On A Budget

Lauren Gold | September 15, 2010 - 8:35 pm

As we flip through glossy decorating magazines and click away at online shopping sites, we begin to cry. Why are these apartments so beautiful, and why aren’t ours just as perfect? Well, dry your tears, channel your inner interior designer, and listen up. Your wallet might be empty, but that doesn’t mean your living room… More »

Money 101: 10 Financial Etiquette Questions Answered!

Colleen Meeks | September 13, 2010 - 6:30 pm

Around the same time I started raking in the big bucks (courtesy of the Tooth Fairy), my father started enforcing the rule that the topic of money was off-limits in polite conversation. There was no, “Hey, how much was your incisor worth?” in my house. And the one time I asked my dad the amount… More »

I’m Shopping For A Car — Help!

Susannah Breslin | September 13, 2010 - 4:45 pm

Recently, I’ve been in the market for a car, and shopping for one has ranked right up there with the time I had a root canal, my last pap smear, and that night I spent projectile vomiting. Because I’m doing it alone, other than with the help of a car-savvy guy who lives in another… More »

Dear Wendy: “I’m Afraid To Date Because I’m $190,000 In Debt”

Wendy Atterberry | September 12, 2010 - 2:00 pm

I’m a 31-year-old, single guy in Chicago. I’m at a point in my life where I’d like to find a great woman and think about settling down and perhaps start a family in the not too distant future. Unfortunately, I have a terrible secret that is making it difficult for me to get close to… More »

Money 101: How To Negotiate Anything

Colleen Meeks | September 7, 2010 - 7:00 pm

One of my favorite coats is a gorgeous knee-length number that coordinates with almost anything. The best thing about this coat is that I paid the criminal price of $10 for it. I found it on a clearance rack. It was the only coat of its kind and happened to be in my size; our… More »

Cash & Coupling: How To Establish A Wedding Budget

Colleen Meeks | September 6, 2010 - 4:00 pm

If you have been engaged for more than five minutes, you’ve probably purchased every current bridal magazine and dog-eared the pages with ideas you swear someone thought up just for you. Before you look at pictures of another celebrity wedding and set your sights on a dress only Beyonce could afford, you need to have… More »

Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend Is Cheap!”

Wendy Atterberry | September 1, 2010 - 2:30 pm

My boyfriend and I recently got engaged and moved across the country together for his job. We’ve been dating for about two years and known each other for about three and a half. I’ve always known him to be a very generous, giving person, but since our move, he’s been glib about expenses. For example,… More »

Cash & Coupling: How To Plan A Honeymoon On A Budget

Colleen Meeks | September 1, 2010 - 1:00 pm

Looking back on my wedding planning, I realize how many of my decisions were to make other people happy. My day was special and I felt like the star of the show, but I had to make sure that I stayed in budget so my dad wouldn’t have an aneurysm, that the menu wouldn’t trigger… More »

Money 101: 4 Secrets For Financing Grad School

Amelia Timbers | August 30, 2010 - 5:00 pm

“Don’t you have a daddy?” the professor sitting across from me asked. I smiled a little. Was he was joking? Or hitting on me? Nope, he was serious and thought my father was paying for my legal education. Though I’ve been independent for years, my law school’s financial aid office had a similar attitude, telling… More »

My Two Cents: “Eat Pray Love” On A Budget

Lavanya Sunkara | August 23, 2010 - 4:00 pm

Not everyone is as lucky as Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat Pray Love fame, to spend a year in exotic locales to recover from a bad breakup. As a 30-year-old New Yorker returning to singledom after a string of long-term relationships, I can only dream of consulting a Bali guru to show me the right path. More »

Cash & Coupling: Agreeing On Household Utilities When You Want HBO And He Wants Netflix

Colleen Meeks | August 16, 2010 - 6:00 pm

There are necessities, like running water, and then there are “necessities,” like HBO and a weekly pedicure. When you’re single and supporting only yourself, you have every right to declare keeping your toes in the latest shade of blush a priority. But once you join budgets with your partner, it’s important that you both agree… More »

Would You Give Away All Your Stuff?

Lemondrop | August 15, 2010 - 3:00 pm

At one point in her life — when she owned a two-bedroom condo, two cars, and enough wedding china to serve two dozen people gazpacho at the same time — Tammy Strobel, 31, asked herself if all that “stuff” actually made her and her husband, Logan, happy.

Then, she gave it all away. More »

Girl Talk: Losing My Job Was Good For Me

Jennifer Giglio | August 13, 2010 - 2:00 pm

“We’ve restructured your job and structured you out of it,” Louis said quickly, as though this thought were all one word.

Immediately, I felt the floor drop and ceiling soar, while I, not tethered to either, floated between. I was surprised, though I’d foreseen this bad news; I‘d brought an empty brown duffel… More »

My Two Cents: I Used A Credit Consolidation Agency To Crush My Debt

Rainbow Kirby | August 12, 2010 - 6:00 pm

When I was 27, I finally took my head out of the sand and did what I had been dreading for months. I added up the balances of my credit cards and discovered that they had skyrocketed to over $15,000! By looking at the statements separately, I had tricked myself into believing my debt was… More »

Cash & Coupling: We’re Buying A Home — But I’m Covering The Down Payment

Colleen Meeks | August 9, 2010 - 6:30 pm

Maybe you want to put a monogrammed welcome mat outside the door of a cute Craftsman cottage, or maybe you’re searching for a loft with a view. No matter what kind of digs you’re shopping for, if you’re in a committed relationship you’re probably shopping with the idea that the one permanent fixture is gonna… More »

Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend Is Too Broke To Take Me Out For My Birthday”

Wendy Atterberry | August 9, 2010 - 4:30 pm

I’m 25 and have been dating a 28-year-old guy for seven months. He’s really fun, sweet, and a generous lover (he won’t be done until he’s gotten me off at least twice!). We recently said the L word — which was HUGE for him because he’s never said it before in a relationship. The issue… More »

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