family drama
My bank account is a constant reminder that I only have one parent and that the other one is never coming back.
television
Wait though, if I drop cable, am I going to turn into one of those rabid anti-spoiler people who complain on Twitter all the time?
finances
I am taking a long, uncomfortable look at my financial relationship mistakes, so you know exactly what NOT to do.
body issues
money
Before you mark a move-in date on your calendar or put 3 Big Dudes and a Truck on reserve, consider 3 ways to protect what’s yours whether love is up or down.
learnvest
In hindsight, I now realize that my need to proactively save and invest was rooted in a childhood scarcity belief about money, but my financial forecast almost always predicted that there would be rain.
dating
My friend Amy mentioned that I might try a method advocated by a flamboyant Russian hairdresser we both worked for over a decade ago: no sex before you’ve gone on 10 dates or he has spent $1,000 on you.
money
It really kills me to hear my 20-something friends talk about how “boring” it is to save money or discuss money.
in

Jan 30, 2014 at 4:00pm | 235 comments

money
I used to buy books instead of food because the books kept me alive.
finances
People keep sending me this debt relief Facebook ad that's illegally using my picture, but joke's on them because I've changed my ways!
learnvest
After nearly seven years of living strictly within this budget, the Sappers have accumulated $50,000 in emergency savings, maxed out their IRAs each year, paid off their house and hit other key financial milestones.
fat
New research looks at the connections between obesity and economics, and big surprise, it turns out things are more complicated than just "personal responsibility" and "eating too much."
learnvest
The start of a new year is a good time to look at spending habits. Things like cable, eating out, and shopping could be preventing you from saving.
money
If you've ever lost someone who was holding up a significant portion of your world, you'd understand why my bank statement now reads: Bloomingdales, psychic medium, Forever21, Spirit Circle.
sex work
I did a lot of shopping, bought a lot of drugs. I made more money than I’d ever made -- or even seen -- in my entire life, and all of it cash.
career
I’m 37 years old and married without kids—and I haven’t worked in four years. That feels like a confession. I didn’t expect to be living like this in my 30s, but not working has worked out for me.
weddings
Learn from my mistakes, and be calmer, more graceful, and better prepared than I ever was.
in

Nov 2, 2013 at 9:00am | 130 comments

money
I love my parents dearly and will always be grateful for the love they’ve shown me. That’s why lying to them about how much money I make—and resisting the urge to bail them out of the financial messes they continually find themselves in—is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
pregnancy
finances
My ex managed to ruin my credit before I ever had any.
new york city
Euphemisms are generally creepy, and the way the clinic uses the word "quiet" whenever they are trying to chemically dismantle a healthy, vital physical system leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
learnvest
Traveling abroad with just our combined savings to depend on, there was no way my new husband and I could ignore our money differences.