For today’s money feature, let’s discuss living within your means — how to make a budget and stick to a budget. What does “budget” mean to you? What tips and tricks have you used to set a budget, pay down debt, save money and protect against lifestyle inflation — and what alarm bells have you used to tell … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: How to Make a Budget
It’s the New Year, and I heard a lot of chatter among commenters about when they should be paying down debt vs. saving. It’s a huge question, and we’ve talked about some related things (like how to pay off huge student loans and live within your means), but we haven’t talked about when to save vs. when … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: Paying Down Debt vs. Saving
As we’re coming up on the end of the year, I thought it might be interesting to talk about benefits — and specifically tips for the open enrollment period. (One of our guest posters got into this a few years ago when she talked about using your benefits package at work to save $10K.) Interestingly, studies … Read More about Three Major Open Enrollment Tips For Career Women
Today we’re bringing you our next installment of our Money Milestone series, where we’ve previously discussed paying for grad school, wedding finances, home buying, financially planning for a baby, financial strategies for divorce, and saving for retirement. Readers requested one on eldercare, finances, and aging parents — and I think that can certainly make an impact on one’s finances, so let’s … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: Eldercare and Finances
Ladies, how much are you saving for retirement? How large does retirement loom in your thoughts — and where does it fall in your priorities? Welcome to our next installment of our Money Milestone series, where we’ve discussed paying for grad school, wedding finances, home buying, financially planning for a baby, and financial strategies for divorce. I haven’t retired … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: Retirement
We haven’t done a Money Milestone series in a while, in part because I’ve been a bit trepidatious about this one. I keep reading that divorce can decimate your finances, and there are numerous things you should do in advance of, during, and after a divorce. However: I’m happily married (knock on wood). I still … Read More about How to Survive Divorce, Financially (And Other Tips on Divorce Finances)
These are some of our best tips on financially preparing for baby — both before and after you conceive!
We had a great discussion a few weeks ago about wedding finances, and now it’s time for the next post in our Money Milestone series: grad school. We’ve talked about how to adjust your new student budget once you get to grad school, how to pay off student loans, how to juggle grad school and … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: Financially Preparing for Grad School
What are the financial implications of getting married — and how does your wedding budget affect your overall financial health? What other major milestones affect your financial health? I’ve often read that how you handle a few major milestones in your life — wedding! grad school! baby! buying a house! divorce! retirement! — can have … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: Wedding Finances
When should I get a financial planner? What are the best tips for finding a financial planner I like? These are some of the biggest personal finance questions we’ve gotten over the years — but I’ve never hired one, so I asked Corporette editor Kate Antoniades to ask the experts for us. This is her first … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: Finding a Financial Planner
2018 Update: We still think this is a fascinating discussion on what purchases are worth the splurge, and where to save money — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion where we asked the readers: what are you a snob about? Something that I’ve wanted to do for a while is … Read More about What Purchases are Worth the Splurge — And What Aren’t?
2018 Update: We still stand by this interesting discussion of fashion math — but along these cost-per-wear lines, you may want to check out our more recent post where we asked the readers: how long do you expect your clothes to last? One of the things I’ve employed for YEARS now is what I call … Read More about Fashion Math: How to Know if That Pair of Shoes is Really Worth It