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About Patty Lamberti

Patty Lamberti is a freelance writer and Professional-in-Residence at Loyola University Chicago, where she teaches journalism and oversees the graduate program in digital media storytelling. If she doesn't know something about money, you can trust she'll track down the right people to find out. You can learn more about her at www.pattylamberti.com. And if you have any story ideas, or questions about money etiquette that you'd like her or an expert to answer, email her at moneymannersqs@gmail.com.

Pay Off Your Student Loans By Doing Good In The World

Feeling pressured to take a job or pursue a career you’re not really into just because it pays a lot? That’s understandable, especially since the average college student graduates with $29,400 in student loan debt. If you’re philanthropically incli … [Read more...]

Do You Need Renters Insurance?

Confession: Before I bought my house, I lived in ten apartments in four different cities, and I never had renter’s insurance. I told myself that it wasn’t very likely my apartment would catch on fire or get destroyed in a windstorm. And if that did … [Read more...]

Money Manners: Talking With Your Partner About The Costs Of Smoking

This month, a reader wrote, “My boyfriend and I have been living together for four years. He smokes cigarettes, and I want him to stop. Obviously, I want him to stop for health reasons. But there’s a financial reason too. Every time he buys a pa … [Read more...]

How to Negotiate Discounts And Freebies For Your Dream Wedding

You’ve found your dream partner. Now it’s time to plan your dream wedding. Unfortunately, that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare once you start seeing how much weddings cost. In 2013, the average wedding costs just under $30,000, a record hig … [Read more...]

For Part-time Entrepreneurs, How To Find A Side Business And Make It Successful

Like most people, I’d be screwed if I lost my primary source of income. That’s one of the reasons why I write articles during my spare time. If I were to lose my main job, at least I’d still have something coming in. Even better, I truly enjoy writ … [Read more...]

Money Manners: How To Help A Friend Who Is Bad With Money

A reader recently asked: A good friend of mine makes really, really stupid financial decisions. She shops constantly even though she never pays her bills on time. She blows her paycheck super fast, sometimes before paying her rent. And every time I … [Read more...]

Three Easy Ways To Save Serious Money On Your Wedding

Getting married soon? You’re in good company. The average age for an American’s first marriage is 29 for men and 27 for women. But don’t be one of the crowd when it comes to this statistic:  The average wedding costs just under $30,000, a record h … [Read more...]

This Is What Happens If You Don’t Pay Your Student Loans (And Yes: It’s Very, Very Bad)

In June, the Brookings Institute, an organization that studies economic issues, reported some good news: Americans aren’t really being crushed by student loan debt to the degree that the media implies. The average balance of outstanding student loan d … [Read more...]

How to Make The Most Money From Your Garage Sale

Looking to make some extra cash? Summer is the perfect time to have a garage or yard sale. You stand to make some decent pocket money. According to the New York Times, if you put some thought and planning into your garage sale, you can net between … [Read more...]

Money Manners: When Your Best Friend Earns More…And Always Picks Up The Check

A reader asks, “I have a friend who makes a lot more money than me. She's single, so she often treats me to dinner out, and even vacations. I can't afford to go to the places she wants to go, and I love her, but I also sort of feel like a charity c … [Read more...]