Should You Ever Buy a Brand New Car?

True penny pinchers always buy used cars over new ones for one rock solid reason: new cars depreciate by thousands of dollars the second you drive off the lot. But three years ago, before my financial epiphany, I bought a new car, and I don’t regret it. I concede that buying used is usually best, […]

Is it Okay to Get Married With Debt?

I turned 27 this year, and my mailman started delivering more wedding invitations than bills. It sounds lovely, except that those damned lacy invites end up costing more than the bills! My opinions of showers and gift registries aside, all this nuptial nonsense got me thinking: Is it safe to get married when one partner, […]

The Better Deal: Cash Back or Miles Credit Cards?

Upon becoming a business traveler, I got a no-annual fee airline miles rewards card, but I sometimes wonder if cash rewards are the better way to go. Here’s a quick and dirty face-off between cash back credit cards and no-annual fee miles cards.

After a Year Living Alone, a Return to Roommates

In just five years since college, I have experienced every living situation imaginable (read on for the list). Based upon my rental resume, one would think that once I found myself living alone, in a modest one bedroom, I would stay put. I didn’t.

Money Under 30 Has a New Logo

I would like to thank Casey Thomas for designing Money Under 30’s new logo. Though I have taken this blog through several design iterations, I always just typed out Money Under 30 in the header. I always wanted a logo, but never could come up with anything myself that looked professional enough. Recently I saw […]

Phew, 2007 Taxes Are Done

I just had an exciting Saturday evening with my stack of W2s and H&R Block’s TaxCut Pro. I swear, I’m not actually so nerdy that doing my taxes is my idea of a good time, but it does feel great to have them done. (April 14th has often been a long night for me in […]

The Top 10 Reasons You’ll Spend Too Much This Weekend

Come Friday night, whether you hit the town with friends or do dinner and a movie with your sweetie, weekends take a toll on your wallet. Here are 10 major money-sucks and what you can do about them.

Fraud Hits Small Banks Too

Nickel recently wrote about the safest banks. Data he found showed that — in general — accounts at larger banks were more prone to be targets of fraud. As my family knows from experience, however, fraud can hit account holders at even the smallest community banks. My parents, my brother, and I all use the […]