Money

Money 101: What’s A Credit Rating Anyway?

Chelsea Kaplan | April 26, 2010 - 12:00 pm

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 - 1:00 pm

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”

Amelia McDonell-Parry | April 22, 2010 - 6:00 pm

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 - 12:00 pm

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 - 12:00 pm

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 - 12:00 pm

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 - 4:30 pm

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 »


Cash & Coupling: How Not To Talk About Money With Your Honey

Judy McGuire | April 16, 2010 - 1:00 pm

It seems that all anyone is talking about lately is the economy, so why is money still such a tough topic to discuss with your nearest and dearest? They say married couples fight over money more than anything else, but what about when you just started dating? That’s possibly even more awkward. … More »


My Two Cents: How I Got Out Of Debt

Susannah Breslin | April 14, 2010 - 12:00 pm

In certain ways, I think of my life in two parts. There was before, when I was more carefree, more irresponsible, and carried debt. And there’s after, where I’m a bit more serious, way more self-controlled, and have no debt at all. But how did I get here? Well, I didn’t read a book, I… More »


Cash & Coupling: 12 Ways To Save Money Together

Jessica Amason | April 13, 2010 - 12:00 pm

In light of our strained economy, how can you keep your love life intact and still scale back on spending? Whether playing the field or in a couple, there are a number of free (or cheap) ways to mind your wallet without sacrificing your dating life. After all, a recession won’t keep you from finding… More »


Money 101: 4 Easy Ways To Start Building Your Nest Egg

Chelsea Kaplan | April 12, 2010 - 12:00 pm

In this tough economic climate, after paying all of your bills, you’re lucky if the money left over from your paycheck each month allows you to splurge on a trendy item at Forever 21. However, even if you’re not rolling in dough right now, you still should be making a concerted effort to stash away… More »


Cash & Coupling: Aww, My Tax-Filing’s All Grown Up!

Wendy Atterberry | April 9, 2010 - 12:00 pm

There was a time in my life when I actually looked forward to tax season. Like most people, I had taxes withheld from each paycheck, so that when tax time rolled around each year, I was guaranteed a nice little refund. I’d collect my W-2s, spend an hour or so filling out paperwork on a… More »


Money 101: How To Do Your Taxes With Your Man

Catherine Strawn | April 8, 2010 - 12:00 pm

Money matters are one of the most common topics couples disagree on, so if you’ve never done taxes with your honey before, you might want to brace yourself. Since April 15 is right around the corner, we asked Ryan S. Himmel, CPA and founder of the personal finance website BIDaWIZ, for advice on how to… More »


My Two Cents: How To Host A Kick-Ass Clothing Swap

Wendy Atterberry | April 7, 2010 - 12:00 pm

Not only is a clothing swap a great excuse to organize your closets, get rid of stuff you no longer want, and gather a group of girlfriends for an afternoon or evening of cocktails and clothes, it’s also an opportunity to score some totally free new-to-you outfits and accessories. I found one of my favorite… More »


Cash & Coupling: How To Cope When Your Paycheck Dwarfs Your Guy’s

Chelsea Kaplan | April 6, 2010 - 12:00 pm

Even though it’s 2010, when you’re in a relationship where you’re out-earning your man, it can make you feel all Peggy Olson, threatening the sharkskin suits off those ass-slapping, whiskey-drinking male ad execs – except that the ego-bruising’s going on in your bedroom, not the boardroom. If your guy’s got size-related inadequacy issues that have… More »


Money 101: What You Need To Do Before Buying Your First Home

Chelsea Kaplan | April 5, 2010 - 12:00 pm

Whether it’s because you can’t stand another day with a sloppy roommate, one more night of smelling the Indian food your neighbors are making for dinner or living in 300 square feet of space (honestly, don’t animals at the zoo have grander quarters?), there comes a time in every girl’s — or couple’s — life… More »


Poll: Have You Filed Your Taxes Yet?

Amelia McDonell-Parry | April 2, 2010 - 7:30 pm

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How Would You Blow Your Tax Return?

Lily Q | March 19, 2010 - 5:40 pm

Although the worst part of every paycheck is seeing how much has been taken out for taxes, the best part of every year is getting a chunk of those funds back all at once. It’s like Christmas in April and, really, what’s Christmas without the presents? Nothing but a bit of good cheer and a… More »


How To Get A Job Blogging For A Living

The Frisky | March 5, 2010 - 5:00 pm

Once upon a time, weblogs were weird websites written by a few nerdy types. Now, blogs are everywhere. They’ve gone mainstream. People actually get paid to blog for a living. There are pros and cons to blogging-for-dollars. On the up side, you get to do something you love, in many cases you get to work… More »


Don’t Buy Into Holiday Gift Cards

Leonora Epstein | December 14, 2009 - 3:50 pm

Buying a gift card or certificate might be one way to deal with people whom you have no idea what to get for the holidays. And true, for the person receiving a gift card, it can feel like free money.

However, if you’re going this route, you’d probably be better off just handing… More »


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