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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.

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...]

How To Save Money When You Move

Moving this summer? Bet you're excited. And stressed too. Moving isn't  cheap either, even if your new digs are just a few miles away. According to My Moving Reviews, the average cost of local move with two men and a truck is between $90 and $120 … [Read more...]

What To Buy — And What Not To Buy — At The Dollar Store

There’s a reason why three out of four women admitted to shopping at dollar stores more than they used to, according to a recent survey. According to Consumer Reports, many everyday household items cost significantly less at a dollar store than th … [Read more...]

Money Manners: How Much To Tip For Food Delivery

This month, a reader asked, “I have food delivered to my house once a week. Some online food delivery companies, like Grub Hub, give you three tip options - 10, 15, and 20 percent. But do I even need to tip 10 percent to someone who isn't actually t … [Read more...]

Getting Married? Make Sure You Talk About These Money Issues Before Walking Down The Aisle

Engaged to be married? The average age American men and women get married is 29 and 27 respectively. By now, you’ve hopefully talked with your partner about the big things in life -- if you want children, if both people will continue to work s … [Read more...]

It’s Time To End Unpaid Internships — Here’s Why

If you’re unemployed, or still in college or grad school, you may be tempted to take an unpaid internship to beef up your resume. You’d be in good company – The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that two-thirds of the class of … [Read more...]

Money Manners: Should You Pick Up The Tab For Unemployed Friends And Family?

This month, a reader wrote: My older sister has been out of a job for two years. She’s trying hard to find work but hasn’t had any luck. I feel for her, but I’m also starting to feel like she’s taking advantage of me. Whenever there’s a family birthd … [Read more...]

The Best Travel Rewards Programs For Average Joes; Earn Free Flights Even If You’re Not A Road Warrior

Think travel reward programs only work for bigwigs who fly regularly for their jobs? Not so, says Pam Keystone, the CEO of the Art of Vacationing, an agency that specializes in booking vacations using travel points. A few weeks ago, we offered a … [Read more...]

What To Do When You Get Medical Bills You Can’t Afford

You’re young. You’re healthy. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have a medical emergency tomorrow, and get stuck with some whopping bills. I speak from experience. Last year, I was pregnant. Everything went perfectly – I never had a day of morning si … [Read more...]

Money Does, In Fact, Buy Happiness, But Only If You Use It Right (Here’s The Secret)

Most people believe that the more money they earn, the happier they’ll be. After all, with a lot of money, you can buy a big house, a cool car, fancy clothes, and luxurious vacations. And those are the things in life that lead to happiness, r … [Read more...]