Pump Up the Savings: 10 Ways to Spend Less on Gas


These days — and especially with the summer driving season in full swing — conspiracy theories abound as to what’s behind high gas prices. It’s hard to believe that as recently as late 2008, you could find gas at $2 a gallon. In Chicago, where I live, it’s nearly at the $5 a gallon mark. […]

Funny Money: Cheap Alternatives to Common Everyday Expenses

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Everyone frets over major purchases and overanalyzes them as if their financial future depends on their choices. But rest assured that when you’ve really screwed things up and you’re sitting there wondering where it all went wrong, it will have been the small, regular questionable decisions that led you to your calamity. Maybe then you’ll […]

Mortgage Pre-approval Checklist

How do you know you're ready to buy a home? When you have the money, a steady job, and the desire to be a homeowner.

This scenario happens to me approximately once per week: a potential buyer comes to me letting me know that they are looking for a 5- bedroom, 4-bath house with a large backyard, a pool, an open kitchen and a great school district. I say that I would love to help them and ask for their […]

Funny Money: 5 Desperate Ways to Scrounge Up Extra Cash

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When money gets tight, standards get loose, and any and all options for scooping up more cash become viable possibilities. The desire to sacrifice your dignity for some easy cash extends to those of all social backgrounds, which is why you’ll see Tony Siragusa pitching man diapers and Bruce Willis continuing to appear in Die […]

Money Mentors: Rich Hebron on What Gen-Y and the Homeless Have in Common

Rich Hebron on why Millenials and the homeless have a lot in common.

Well, here’s something you don’t hear every day. When Rich Hebron graduated from DePaul University in 2011, he had plans — and not of the full-time employment variety. Instead of pursuing a traditional route like some of his friends, he decided to live on the streets of Chicago for four months in order to better […]

The 20 Best Cities In America To Be Young, Broke, And Single

The 20 best cities in America to be young, broke and single.

Sure, there’s plenty of action in New York and San Francisco, but who can afford the rent? We set out to find cool up-and-coming American cities with enough young people to make them interesting, good jobs, low costs of living and — oh, yes — plenty of watering holes. We give you the best cities for the young, broke, and single.

Funny Money: Estate Planning Myths And Why You — Yes, You! — Need a Will


In your twenties, it’s easy to put things off. After all, you’re young, invincible and have all the time in the world. Retirement savings, medical check-ups, returned phone calls to mom and credit card balances all seem like they can wait for another day. And writing a will? That can wait at least until student […]

Budgeting for Home Expenses: Expect the Unexpected


Americans are buying houses again. Home prices throughout the United States are expected to increase an average of 13 percent in 2013 and 2014, according to National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. If you’re about to purchase your first house, you’ve hopefully saved for a down payment and considered a budget for your […]

Why Aspiring Entrepreneurs Need Business Insurance


Considering striking out on your own? If you’re thinking of starting a small business, or have just started one, then you need to know three things, each of which break down roughly into the global, the social and the financial. The global: Job sectors everywhere are going entrepreneurial. In journalism, for example, the massive disruption […]

Funny Money: Hidden Costs to Avoid at All Costs, Part Two

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Last week I ranted about the ways weddings, funerals, cars and cell phones have a way of latching their leech-like maws onto your wallet and siphoning away unexpected costs. This week yields the epic sequel to that potboiler. Expect thrills, chills and burning dollar bills as I warn you about other seemingly innocuous purchases that […]