About Maria LaMagna

Maria LaMagna is a recent graduate of Northwestern University where she served as editor-in-chief of the university’s award-winning daily newspaper and studied for five months in Argentina. Before joining Money Under 30, Maria worked as a reporter for CNN and the Indianapolis Business Journal. Follow Maria on Twitter @MCLaMagna.

Which U.S. States are Most Responsible with Credit? The Most (and Least) Credit-savvy States in the Nation

Are New Yorkers too impatient to manage their money well? Are Californians too laid back to be aggressive investors? Are Las Vegans too blinded by glitz and glamour to avoid financial trouble? Citizens of all 50 states have unique money styles — t … [Read more...]

Money Under 30 Gift Guide: Christmas Gifts Under $50 and Ideas for Every Budget

Stuck for gift ideas this holiday season? Don't worry; there's plenty of time left, and we have some ideas for you, no matter what your budget. Check out these holiday gift ideas, whether you want to spend less than $20 -- find Christmas gifts … [Read more...]

Four Unexpected Benefits of my Side Hustles (Besides the Cash!)

In my last posts about daily expenses and building a work wardrobe while on a budget in New York, you guys pointed out something that seemed to be missing from my story: Shouldn’t I be practicing what we preach here on Money Under 30? Because if I wer … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Building a Work Wardrobe on a Budget

“I’m sorry, do you have some prior commitment? Some hideous skirt convention you have to go to?” Fortunately, this is a line from “The Devil Wears Prada,” makes me laugh and is not from my real life. The newsroom I’ve been working in is (fortunatel … [Read more...]

Lessons from NYC: Four Expenses that Add Up Fast

Moving to New York City after my college graduation last June has put every financial lesson I’ve learned from my parents or Money Under 30 right into perspective. That might sound like I’m brown-nosing, but it couldn’t be more true. Every cliché I … [Read more...]

Student Loan 911! A Guide to Student Loan Repayment Options

Wherever you are in your relationship with student loans -- the horrifying honeymoon (I have to pay back how much!?) or the later years of relentless payments that leave your bank account as dry as a desert -- it pays to review your student loan … [Read more...]

Money Mentors: Rich Hebron on What Gen-Y and the Homeless Have 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 … [Read more...]

Top Financial Advisors for Millennials

Most weeks, I get more money questions via email than I could ever answer. While a blog like Money Under 30 is a terrific resource for helping you learn the basics of money management from others who have been there before, there comes a time when … [Read more...]

Why You Should Travel While You’re Young At Any Cost

One of my friends recently shared a Humans of New York photo on Facebook. It was a portrait of an elderly man and he had told the photographer: “Travel while you’re young. Even if you have to borrow money to do it." I couldn’t stop thinking abo … [Read more...]

13 Beautiful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $25

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12, 2013. Don't have a Mother's Day gift for mom? Don’t worry, there’s still time. Every year it can be a struggle to find an affordable gift your mom will still love for Mother’s Day. But we’ve got you covered — on a bu … [Read more...]