Money 101: Financial “Rules” You Should Ignore

Chelsea Kaplan / May 17, 2010

There are all sorts of rules out there that were made to be broken. You can’t wear white after Labor Day; “beer before liquor, never sicker”; “just say no”; “don’t do it on the first date” … they don’t necessarily serve you best, you know? Financial “rules” are no different, says Manisha Thakor, a personal… More »

Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 3: “Goodbye Hubby, Hello New Biz”

Diane, a recent divorcee, got the house (thank the Lord!) — and the mortgage payments (damn it!). As she adjusts to her single income and not having to clean up Steve’s toenail clippings anymore, she is encouraged by Finance Expert Manisha Thakor to downgrade from champagne to sparkling wine and to develop a kick… More »

Cash & Coupling: Should We Open A Joint Checking Account?

Colleen Meeks / May 13, 2010

When my husband asked me to marry him, I didn’t hesitate before saying yes. But when he first suggested that we open a joint checking account, I froze. I was thrilled to give up my single status … but signing over my financial independence? That was a completely different proposal.

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My Two Cents: Weaning Myself Off ATMs

Do you ever feel like you spend an inordinate amount of time standing in front of an ATM? I used to feel the exact same way. I’d take out cash in small increments, spend it on Lord knows what, run out, and then go back for more without thinking. I won’t lie—there were nights, especially… More »

Money 101: How To Reduce Your Monthly Bills

Chelsea Kaplan / May 11, 2010

I once saw an “Oprah” episode with a guy so hell-bent on reducing his monthly grocery bills that he had a practice of purchasing doubly-ply toilet paper, unrolling it and then re-rolling it into two separate rolls, thus turning 12 rolls into 24. Swear to God. Enter multiple scatological puns here. (What a cheap-ass! That&#8217… More »

Cash & Coupling: Honey, I’m Home — And I Lost My Job!

Colleen Meeks / May 10, 2010

Your stud may be stunning, but there’s nothing pretty about being in a relationship with someone who’s been laid off. While your heart may break for Mr. Unemployed, his perpetual presence on your sofa can get ugly – fast. When your partner gets downsized, how do you prevent a downsizing effect on your relationship? We… More »

Money 101: How To Downsize Your Expenditures

Chelsea Kaplan / May 7, 2010

I’m 100 percent guilty of spending without really thinking. Downsizing my expenditures really isn’t something I ponder, even though I know I should (and seriously, if I had a dollar for every time my husband told me I needed to ponder it, I likely wouldn’t need to ponder it at all). I’ve heard, though, that… More »

Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 2: “Stop Buying ‘Things'”

Susie is young, single, has a great job AND an addiction to Marc Jacobs totes. It’s not Tom Sizemore bad, but it’s bad. Although she’s bringing home the bacon, she’s frying it before her paycheck even clears. Finance Expert Manisha Thakor offers some tips to turn off her spending spigot.
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My Two Cents: I Used To Be A Financial Idiot

Ami Angelowicz / May 5, 2010

As soon as I was pushed out of the college womb into the harsh light of day, I discovered I had a really big problem: I was a complete financial idiot. How did I miss the memo on how to support myself as an adult? I was raised in a middle-class family where both of… More »

Cash & Coupling: Your Credit’s Good, Your Partner’s … Not So Much

Colleen Meeks / May 4, 2010

Hopefully, you’re proud of your credit score and shred the five credit card offers you get every day, knowing that you worked hard to earn a rating as high as Matthew McConaughey on any given Sunday afternoon. But what if your man’s score isn’t nearly as pretty as he is? Sure, he might be awfully… More »

Money 101: When To Pay With Cash, When To Use Credit Cards & When To Finance

Chelsea Kaplan / May 3, 2010

If you’re lucky enough to have money in this crap-tastic economy, you’ve got to do all you can to make sure you’re using it wisely enough to not only remain financially afloat now, but also in the foreseeable – and even distant – future. Doing so involves carefully considering the way you dole out those… More »

Poll: What’s Your Bill-Paying Policy?

Chelsea Kaplan / April 29, 2010

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Cash & Coupling: I’m A Spender, He’s A Saver

Colleen Meeks / April 28, 2010

My husband works in sales, and when he gets a commission check, I’m halfway to the mall before it even hits our account. But while my first response is to go shopping, the only -ing he’s thinking about is saving. We have yet to get into a physical tug-of-war over the check, but honestly, we’ve… More »

Money 101: What’s A Credit Rating Anyway?

Chelsea Kaplan / April 26, 2010

When you really think about it, you realize that we rate and/or score nearly all things in life so as to compare them with their contemporaries and confidently grant our patronage. Zagat gives restaurants ratings so that you can find the best tikka masala out of 20 Indian joints; eBay sellers have feedback ratings so… More »

Cash & Coupling: Post-Tax Day Dates

Elizabeth Valentine / April 23, 2010

Did tax day hit your wallet hard this year? Even if you’re dating on a budget, your social life need not become nonexistent. There are plenty of fun, creative and cheap ideas for dates. Consider these inexpensive recommendations, adjusting them to your personal preferences. More »

Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 1: “The Numbers Talk”

Things have changed recently for Connie. She just moved in with her boyfriend and her last purchase was a Foosball table (he’s rubbing off on her already!). And although he’s really good at Foosball, she’s worried his financial behavior might mess up their future together. Finance Expert Manisha Thakor encourages her to have the… More »

My Two Cents: How I Saved Enough Money To Move Abroad

Leonora Epstein / April 21, 2010

I am essentially living my dream—seven months ago, I packed up my life in New York and decided to move to Paris for a year. I get a lot of “How did you do it?” questions from people with similar aspirations, all of whom seem to think that moving abroad was a whimsical decision I… More »

Cash & Coupling: Guys Are Intimidated By The Fact That I Do Their Taxes

Meg G. / April 20, 2010

Men are insecure when it comes to a woman running their finances. Trust me — I know. As a tax accountant, I have seen more grown men cry over their tax situations than at a funeral home. Perhaps it’s that they don’t take care throughout the year to monitor their tax situations. Then again, maybe… More »

Money 101: Tax Deductions You May Have Missed

Chelsea Kaplan / April 19, 2010

The U.S. tax code has over seven million words in it. Seriously — seven freaking million! Amongst all those pages and phrases are a variety of tax deductions that you can use to reduce the bite that Uncle Sam is taking out of your hard-earned wages. The good news: there are loads. So, if you’re… More »

How To Make Doing Next Year’s Taxes Less Painful

Catherine Strawn / April 16, 2010

If you’re like us, you probably spent the better part of the week ripping out your hair as you collected and combed through bank statements, pay stubs, and W-2s to get your taxes finished on time. (You sent in your taxes by yesterday, right?!?!) Since we don’t want to experience a similar last-minute meltdown next… More »

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