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How Much Financial Help Should Parents Give 20-Somethings?

How much financial support should 20-somethings get from their parents?

An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal spotlighted 20-somethings — including one 28-year-old attorney — who are still on their parents’ cell phone plans and Netflix accounts. At least through my mid-twenties, I got the impression most of my peers still received some kind of financial help from the bank of mom and dad – […]

Funny Money: Cut Costs, Not Cake at Weddings

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Congrats! You’re getting married! Here are some tongue-in-cheek tips on how not to break the bank when planning your wedding, such as serving Costco cake and sending electronic invites. Be sure to check out the comments too. Things get a little spicy!

♥ & $: When It Comes To Credit Card Debt, Millennials Have It Figured Out

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$13,740. That’s a lot of money. A fiscally smart person could use it buy a car, pay rent for a year, or feed a family of four for even longer. But when I was in my twenties, I wasn’t fiscally smart. My husband was in graduate school, and I was supporting us. My salary was […]

Military Money: Where to Start Your Military Savings

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Today’s guest post is brought to you by Doug Nordman, a military retiree who’s been financially independent for over a decade. He wishes he’d known this stuff over 30 years ago when he was just getting started, but he learned enough to overcome his mistakes– and you will too. Decades later, these words still send […]

Have Student Loan Debt? There’s Relief in Sight

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As I learned the ropes of personal finance, a money-savvy friend taught me how to tell bad debt from good debt. Bad debt comes in many forms — including credit card balances (especially when tied to high interest rates), car loans and other forms of consumer indebtedness. With bad debt, you’re financing consumer items that […]

11 Ideas for How To Save on Flights

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I’ve always heard conflicting advice on paying  for a flight. Some swear you need to book as early as possible to get the best price, while others say last-minute deals are the best bargain. Even though this remains unpredictable, there are still great ways you can save on airfare. When you are booking your next […]

The Market’s Up: Should I Wait to Invest?

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As I’m writing this, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has set a record high for three days in a row. The mainstream media is going nuts. And — like everybody else who has money in a 401(k) or other stock accounts — I’m feeling pretty good. Who wouldn’t? In investing, the goal is to buy […]

How to Date Online Inexpensively

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If you’re single and seeking a relationship, chances are you’ve at least considered online dating. It became a hot topic among my friends last semester … two of them joined the free dating site OK Cupid, and we were all obsessed with hearing about their profile-browsing and dates. As even “traditional” daters know, doing the […]

Should You Buy a ‘Starter Home’ Or Wait?

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Buying a house is a big decision and there is a lot to consider. Should you get a starter house right now just to get into the market, or should you wait until you can afford your “forever house”? We weigh the pros and cons of the starter house.

Savings Bonds: When to Consider Them as an Alternative Investment

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Savings bonds: before writing for Money Under 30, all I knew about them was that I thought they were a terrible gift when I was little! I remember getting savings bonds as prizes in elementary school, looking at how long they would take to mature, and just thinking: “What the heck do I do with […]