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 »

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 »