How Much Financial Help Should Parents Give 20-Somethings?

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 m … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Cut Costs, Not Cake at Weddings

The wedding and funeral industries have much in common. Both prey on emotion, sentiment and guilt to separate people from obscene sums of money for one giant, flowery party. One is filled with angst and sobbing, while the other features the atrocity … [Read more...]

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

$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 sup … [Read more...]

Military Money: Where to Start Your Military Savings

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 … [Read more...]

Have Student Loan Debt? There’s Relief in Sight

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 o … [Read more...]

11 Ideas for How To Save on Flights

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 gr … [Read more...]

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

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 wou … [Read more...]

How to Date Online Inexpensively

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 … [Read more...]

Should You Buy a ‘Starter Home’ Or Wait?

In many parts of the country, the real estate market seems to be rebounding. “As buyers seek to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates, the supply and demand imbalance threatens to further limit deals as the key spring selling season ap … [Read more...]

Savings Bonds: When to Consider Them as an Alternative Investment

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, … [Read more...]