How to Serve the Ultimate Holiday Feast on an Intelligent Budget

More than presents, decorating, carols or any other festivity, my favorite part of the holiday season has always been gathering with family and friends over delicious food. Some of my best childhood memories are tied to sweet potato casserole, … [Read more...]

How to Donate Your Money Sensibly

When finances are tight, it can be hard to designate some cash to give away. But even the Grinch-iest and Scrooge-iest among us can be moved to donate during the holiday season. In fact, the Tuesday after Black Friday was recently called “Giving T … [Read more...]

Whole Foods On A Budget: 5 Tips For Getting The Freshest Foods For Less

Imagine somebody just handed you $100 to spend on anything you want. With the crisp C-note in your pocket, you put the key in the ignition and back out of the driveway. Where will you go? Target? The mall? Your favorite restaurant? For me, the … [Read more...]

How to Give Investments as a Gift

Not to freak you out, but holiday gift-giving time is around the corner. I find the holidays stressful not only because they’re expensive, but because there’s so much pressure to choose the perfect gift. Here’s a gift option you might not have p … [Read more...]

More Mint Alternatives: HelloWallet and PowerWallet

Although I’m just starting out in managing my own money, I’ve already figured out one aspect of my financial personality: I like my finances to be as simple as possible. I can’t stand having bank accounts at different banks, and I worry splitting u … [Read more...]

Money Mentors: Teacher and Entrepreneur Tom Morris on Working Multiple Jobs, Taking Risks

David’s post “Why You Should Work Multiple Jobs,” really got me thinking. Much of the advice in that post sounded like lessons I’ve heard since I was little. Many of my family members have worked multiple jobs (or at least a part-time job while bei … [Read more...]

Can You Afford to Own a Pet?

Can you afford to own a pet? To find out, you need to figure out how much owning a pet really costs. The topic is close to my heart. I'm obsessed with our family four-year-old golden retriever, DiMaggio, and I’d love to have a dog of my own in the … [Read more...]

How To Apply For Private Student Loans: The Nuts And Bolts Made Offensively Simple

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I think talking about finances can be really stressful. And no finance-related topic has caused as much stress in my life so far as the process of securing a private student loan. Entering my senior yea … [Read more...]

Money Mentors: Software Entrepreneur Ben Slivka On Investing, Financial Education

Note from David: Maria is Money Under 30’s new assistant editor. This is her first post. I’ve always thought the best part of studying journalism is being able to ask any question I want. When I don’t have an answer, it’s great to be able to get an … [Read more...]