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 »

Poll: Do You Have Health Insurance?

Amelia McDonell-Parry | August 6, 2010 - 5:30 pm

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Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 8: “The Shredder”

The Frisky | August 5, 2010 - 7:30 pm

In the latest episode of “Therapy For Your Pocketbook,” Diane, an entrepreneur, splurges a bit on her new business, but — $200 for a cappuccino maker?! Finance Expert Manisha Thakor suggests a formula when buying: break down your yearly income into an hourly wage to determine how much “time” each purchase will cost you. More »

Money 101: How To Buy Your First Home

Heather Teilhet | August 4, 2010 - 6:00 pm

Buying your first home can be a terrifying experience that may transform you from a financially stable go-getter to a jittery, nervous wreck.

I remember lying awake, staring at the ceiling the night before our closing. I pondered the longevity of this decision. How could I sign a 30-year financial commitment when I… More »

Cash & Coupling: Who Pays For What On Your First Vacation?

Colleen Meeks | August 3, 2010 - 6:30 pm

Whether you’re heading to Colorado or Cabo, thinking about your first vacation with your man likely has you more hot and bothered than the new season of “True Blood.” From the moment you compared calendars, visions of couple’s massages and romantic dinners have probably been all you can think about. But before you make a… More »

Money 101: An Overview Of 401(k), 403(b), And Roth IRA Retirement Accounts

Heather Teilhet | July 30, 2010 - 5:00 pm

If you’re anything like me, when someone brings up retirement savings, investing, or your 401(k) match at a cocktail party, your eyes immediately glaze over and all you hear is the “wonk wonk” of the adults from a Charlie Brown special. Inside my head is the flashing red light and loud voice signaling “Danger. Danger. More »

My Two Cents: 10 Ways To Have Free Fun This Summer

Lauren Gold | July 30, 2010 - 2:43 pm

If you’re on a tight budget and don’t have the means to jet off to your dream destination this summer, don’t be discouraged. There are plenty of things to do closer to home that cost absolutely nothing. After the jump, check out 10 things you can do that won’t strip you of your spending money. More »

Cash & Coupling: How To Handle Financial Infidelity

Colleen Meeks | July 27, 2010 - 4:30 pm

We all fear discovering an unfamiliar perfume lingering on our man’s collar or a smudge of lipstick that isn’t our shade, but sometimes his cheating isn’t with another woman … it’s with his wallet. Maybe you found a statement for a credit card you never knew existed, or suspect he’s been blowing the cash you… More »

Girl Talk: My Parents Would Freak If They Knew I Was On Unemployment

Lianne Stokes | July 27, 2010 - 4:00 pm

“I’d rather see you strip at Stilettos than take help from the government,” my dad once told me. According to him, the most disgraceful thing I could do was be on the dole. As the daughter of successful New York State Republicans, I was nurtured on the GOP gin ‘n’ juice. But apparently, the bottle… More »

Cash & Coupling: How Having A Baby Changed Us — Financially

Colleen Meeks | July 23, 2010 - 5:30 pm

When I began dating my now husband, I already had a little girl from a previous relationship. In order to get serious with me, he had to adjust to the idea of late-night dinners at restaurants to takeout scheduled around bedtime. Luckily, he did so beautifully and won both my and my daughter’s hearts.
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Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 7: “Hidden Purchases”

The Frisky | July 22, 2010 - 8:00 pm

In the latest episode of Therapy For Your Pocketbook, Connie confesses she’s been keeping her purchases in the closet and under the bed — anywhere her live-in boyfriend won’t find them. Finance Expert Manisha Thakor says it’s OK to have fun with the money you’ve earned, but when spending gets out of control it… More »

My Two Cents: 5 Ways To Stay Fabulous On A Budget

Wendy Atterberry | July 21, 2010 - 6:00 pm

I admit I’m pretty much a walking gender stereotype — I like shopping, getting pedicures, grabbing drinks with the girls after work, obsessing about my hair, and lusting over other women’s awesome boots. I also hate when models brag about how they can eat anything without gaining an ounce, and I have an unhealthy addiction… More »

Money 101: How To Save Even When You’re Living Paycheck To Paycheck

Colleen Meeks | July 15, 2010 - 5:30 pm

Being the queen of your own financial destiny is priceless … and can be as scary as some of Lady Gaga’s heel heights. Whether your salary is as high as a modest kitten heel or soars to stiletto altitudes, you’re only as financially healthy as your savings habits. Maybe you’re eating Ramen to make your… More »

Poll: Be Honest — Do You Save Money Every Month?

Amelia McDonell-Parry | July 13, 2010 - 6:30 pm

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Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 6: “Puddles Isn’t A Dependent”

The Frisky | July 8, 2010 - 5:30 pm

In the latest episode of Therapy For Your Pocketbook, Susie worries about who will take care of her parents — and pup — if something happens to her. Finance expert Manisha Thakor says buying life insurance in your 20s is a common mistake. The purpose of life insurance is not to take care of… More »

Money 101: How To Start Saving To Buy Your First Home

Heather Teilhet | July 7, 2010 - 5:30 pm

There it is again. That once-a-month unsettling feeling. It’s not your ovulation cycle. It’s your monthly financial cycle making you nauseous. It’s that nagging feeling that accompanies the deadline for your rent check. Who’s getting rich off your rent? Are you wasting money when you should be building equity? And what the heck IS equity,… More »

Money 101: 5 Tips For Traveling On The Cheap

Colleen Meeks | July 6, 2010 - 6:00 pm

The temperatures in much of the country are higher than tween hormones at a Justin Bieber concert, and at this point in the summer, my mind is at the beach whether the rest of me is or not. Along with the heat coming off the pavement, though, most of us are also feeling the pressures… More »

Cash & Coupling: 15 Tips For Throwing A Wedding On A Budget

Wendy Atterberry | June 29, 2010 - 4:30 pm

When I planned my wedding for last summer in one of the most expensive cities in the world (New York City) during the worst economic climate since the Great Depression, I picked up a few tips for couples looking to throw a wedding on a budget. I learned how to cut costs and stay sane… More »

20 Things Worth Spending Money On

Wendy Atterberry | June 29, 2010 - 3:00 pm

When I moved a couple weeks ago from Manhattan to Brooklyn, I was reminded once again that there are certain things in life that are simply worth shelling out money for, no matter how tight your budget is. Anyone who has hired professional movers after experiencing the pain of moving without them knows exactly what… More »

Cash & Coupling: Why Marrying For Money Isn’t A Totally Bad Idea

Jessica Wakeman | June 25, 2010 - 6:00 pm

Out in paperback now: the book Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the Romantic Dream—And How They’re Paying For It, by Elizabeth Ford and Daniela Drake. Forget for a moment that they annoyingly refer to grown women as “girls” in their title and check out their thesis: because, for a variety… More »