finances

Everyone Needs To Listen To Judge Judy’s Brutal Relationship Advice

She may rule with an iron gavel, but her advice is solid.

Judge Judy Sheindlin’s show, Judge Judy, has been on the air for nearly 20 years, and she’s been a family court judge for even longer than that. She’s known for her swift justice and for her “Judyisms” sayings, such as “Do I haveMore »


Everyone Should Have A ‘Fuck-Off’ Fund For Anything Life Sends Your Way

Yeah, you can call it a savings account if you want, but this makes it feel much, much better. More »


Would You Be Able To Afford A Surprise $500 or $1000 Expense? Most Americans Can’t

Meanwhile, the CEO of your company has likely already earned your entire 2016 salary. More »


Jerry Saltz Wants You To Know That He’s In The Art World’s 99 Percent

Beloved New York magazine art critic and once-upon-a-time judge for that reality show “Work of Art” Jerry Saltz disclosed his checking account balance to his Facebook fans yesterday, to discuss how the art world is as economically complicated as pretty much anything else and is, in fact, not only full of rich people.More »


Where Writers Get Their Money: A Brief History Of The Privileges I Have And Have Not Enjoyed Over The Course Of My Career

“Here’s my life,” writes Ann Bauer on Salon. “My husband and I get up each morning at 7 o’clock and he showers while I make coffee. By the time he’s dressed I’m already sitting at my desk writing. He kisses me goodbye then leaves for the job where he makes good money, draws excellent benefits and… More »


Love This: Business Insider’s 21-Day Plan For Radical Self-Improvement

It’s already mid-December, which means it’s almost time to make resolutions for the new year. But how can you expect to start off with a clean slate if you’re still tackling career, personal and health goals now? I stumbled upon an awesome infographic calendar, created by the folks at Business Insider, that aims to help… More »


Life After Dating: When Your Partner Is Unemployed

Growing up, my parents were able to provide a stable middle-class upbringing for me, my three sisters and my brother. I can understand now how fortunate we were not to worry about hunger, housing, or medical bills. Although my Mom made a point to show us how privileged we were  — I’m from Fairfield County,… More »


Study: Husbands Are Happiest When Wives Earn As Much — Or More — Money

A wife bringing home the bacon isn’t the death knoll of a relationship that it has been made out to be. According to a new survey of 1,000 married couples over age 25 by MONEY magazine, husbands are actually happier when on equal financial footing with their wives. … More »


Why Mothers Are Getting Screwed At Retirement Age

This should scare all of us: many women are unable to financially provide for themselves after reaching retirement age, due to the wage gap and time women take off for raising children. Motherhood increases the wage gap and that puts elderly women at a higher risk for poverty. [Madame Noire]
“Teenage Girl Blossoming… More »


Hitched: We’re Married, But Our Bank Accounts Aren’t

One of the things I’ve learned, over my many years of roadtripping in and across Texas, is that hell is being stuck going 50 miles per hour behind a recreational vehicle. But recently, I’ve come to wonder if heaven might be being behind the wheel of one.

I don’t generally dream about buying… More »


Girl Talk: My Husband And I Have Separate Bank Accounts

My husband is my best friend in the world. I’m sure I’ve caused several cavities just by saying so, and can hear a few of you making gagging noises through my computer screen right now. But hey, it’s true. He’s amazing and he understands me better than anyone. He’s the only person who doesn’t annoy… More »


6 Financial Decisions From My 20s That I Regret

I’m not even going to sugarcoat it: I’m basically the poster child for the white girl from the suburbs whose dad just took care of all the bills growing up and never taught me anything about finances. They were traditional that way: Dad handled money stuff and Mom handled childrearing stuff. My parents never gave… More »


Dear Wendy Updates: “Lucky In Love But Not In Money” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Lucky in Love But Not In Money” who was saving for a house and felt resentful that her… More »


Money 101: 10 Financial Etiquette Questions Answered!

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 »


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

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 »


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

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 »


Reader Feedback: Let’s Talk About Money, Honey!

Hey all! As I’m sure you’ve noticed, for the last few months, we’ve been running a series of columns (Money 101, Cash & Coupling, and My Two Cents) and posts related to finances, all filed under our Money section. This content, for the most part, is sponsored by Free Credit Score, but the opinions expressed… More »


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

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 »


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