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Some Reading for a New Year: How to Set Financial Goals and Stick to Them

The end of the year is a time of hope … we look forward to next year, often with the intentions of making it better than the last. It’s also a time of reflection, and for those in control of their finances (like all of us in the Money Under 30 com … [Read more...]

Say Auld Lang Syne to Five Misconceptions About Charitable Giving

A few weeks back, my Money Under 30 colleague (and Chicago homie) Maria LaMagna wrote How to Donate Your Money Sensibly about charitable giving during the holidays. To be sure, giving is still on a lot of people's minds, though the focus changes s … [Read more...]

How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

For better or worse, you’ll know you’ve grown up when it’s time to buy life insurance. For me, it was immediately after having our daughter, Molly. I bought a term policy so that, in the event the unspeakable happens, Lauren wouldn’t worry about makin … [Read more...]

Ask David: What Should I Do With My Year-end Bonus Check?

After many years of school, I now have my first job and I expect to receive a year-end bonus somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000. What should I do with my bonus check? What kind of saving options do I have? (I will already have maxed out my 401k.) … [Read more...]

The Best Financial iPhone Apps

Updated! Popular since we first published this list of some of the best financial iPhone apps in early 2009, we refresh this list periodically to help you keep tabs on at least a few of the best financial apps in the Appstore. -DW Personal … [Read more...]

♥ & $: Compulsive Shopping or Retail Therapy? When Enough is Enough

Five of us stood grumbling in a check out line the other day. Our arms were filled with clothing and books and knick knacks soon to be wrapped up and hidden under the Christmas tree. The woman in front of me complained about Christmas shopping. Or … [Read more...]

Car Dealer Secrets: How to Buy an Extended Car Warranty

In my last post I gave you some questions to ask before you say yes to an extended auto warranty. Today we’ll dive deeper and explore how much car warranties cost and, if you do buy, how to choose the best extended warranty for your needs. As a pr … [Read more...]

How to Serve the Ultimate Holiday Feast on an Intelligent Budget

More than presents, decorating, carols or any other festivity, my favorite part of the holiday season has always been gathering with family and friends over delicious food. Some of my best childhood memories are tied to sweet potato casserole, … [Read more...]

Can’t Afford that Trip? Think Again: Experts Reveal 10 Tips for Thrifty Travel

Winter begins in just a few weeks and with that change of season, folks across North America will get bitten by the travel bug--especially those from colder climes seeking relief from blizzards and wind chill. For those flyers, drivers and riders of … [Read more...]

How to Donate Your Money Sensibly

When finances are tight, it can be hard to designate some cash to give away. But even the Grinch-iest and Scrooge-iest among us can be moved to donate during the holiday season. In fact, the Tuesday after Black Friday was recently called “Giving T … [Read more...]