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 budget, and with shipping days to spare. […]

Should You Take That Unpaid Internship?


The key to benefiting from an internship is to make sure that you are getting something valuable out of it. If you aren’t getting paid, then you need to be getting something else. Resume worthy experience, college credits, or maybe a scholarship or grant, something to make it worth your time. Also, do them early in your college career so that you can get a paid gig when you are closer to graduating.

How To Find A Short-Term Rental

Finding a short-term rental for an internship or contract job can be tricky; here are some tips.

As I’ve been getting further along in my college career, one word has changed in my mind from an exciting one to a scary one: internship. Sure, many internships are extremely competitive and offer low or no pay, but perhaps the hardest thing about internships is that if you have to do a short stint in a […]

HBO ‘Girls’ and Money Quiz: Are You a Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna, or a Jessa?

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The HBO show “Girls” has been called the “Sex and the City” of our generation. Years ago, fans of “Sex and the City” began asking themselves to which of the four female archetypal characters they most related. If you were a Carrie, for example, you always seemed to be picking the wrong guy. An eternal […]

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 their profile-browsing and dates. As even “traditional” daters know, doing the […]

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, and just thinking: “What the heck do I do with […]

How to Work Abroad


Working abroad is a dream for many of us. If your company has an overseas branch take full advantage of that, they help with the paperwork and will help get you settled. If you are going it on your own be sure to tap into the local expat scene for tips on making a new country your home.

Money Mentors: Jacquelyn Zehner on Women and Money


It’s hard not to be impressed by Jacquelyn Zehner. In 1996, she became the youngest woman and first female trader to become a partner at Goldman Sachs. But since then, her work has been even more impressive. Zehner has devoted herself to empowering women to take charge of their personal finances — both in their […]

Making a Budget for Life After College

Maria LaMagna is assistant editor of Money Under 30.

Even though I’m in denial about it right now, I will in fact be graduating from college in just a few months. With that fact comes a lot of worry — mentally, I don’t think I’m prepared to move on yet. But, as my mom says, the best antidote for anxiety is action, and I know there […]

Money Mentors: Erin Cerat on Paying Cash, Babysitting on the Side, and Buying a Home

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For this “Money Mentor” post, I wanted to bring attention to someone who’s doing the little things right. It’s really a chance to ask a thrifty friend — the one who seems like she always has it together — the secrets to her success. Meet Erin Cerat, a 31-year-old special education teacher and new mom […]