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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.

Millennials Just Aren’t That Into Starting Families; Is That Such A Bad Thing?

Still flying solo without a spouse and kids dragging you down? So are a lot of people your age who are waiting to start a family. The Pew Internet Research Center has found that millennials are more likely than earlier generations to: Delay … [Read more...]

Don’t Have The ‘Right’ Degree For Your Dream Job (And Dream Salary)? How To Convince Employers You Do

Now that you’re in late 20s or early 30s, you probably have a better idea of the career you really want (and the salary you really need to survive and thrive). It may not be the career you thought you wanted when you were 20 years old and choosing … [Read more...]

The Best Months To Buy Things In 2015

Here’s an easy financial New Year’s resolution to make and keep this year: Find the best months to buy things, especially big-ticket items. You see, even though you’ll find stuff on sale throughout the year, retailers offer the biggest discounts on … [Read more...]

How To Eat Organic Food Without Spending A Lot Of Money

Like many people your age, you probably care about the quality of the food you eat, and where it comes from. According to The Atlantic, a recent study found that millennials expected to spend the greatest amount of money in the coming year on … [Read more...]

So You Missed Black Friday And Cyber Monday? Here’s How You Can Still Score Deals On Holiday Gifts

Did you sleep in late during Black Friday? Did you actually work instead of shop on Cyber Monday? Don’t worry – you didn’t miss any great price cuts those days. Research shows Black Friday deals aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. In fact, shopper … [Read more...]

How Much Money Can You Really Make Driving For Uber or Lyft?

By now, you’ve probably used a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft instead of a taxi. After all, in some cities like Chicago, you can save $4.50 per trip using Uber over a traditional taxi. Some of you may even be considering becoming an Uber o … [Read more...]

How You Can Be A Smarter Shopper And Resist Impulse Buying

How many times has this happened to you? You walk into Target planning on buying just the essentials. But somehow, you leave with a full cart of items you don’t really need (they always get me with their lamps and tabloid magazines) and $150 p … [Read more...]

How To Convince Your Cable Company To Lower Your Monthly Bill

Over the years, I’ve seriously considered cancelling cable and watching TV exclusively through Amazon, Hulu Plus and Netflix. It's undeniably cheaper. Gizmodo found that streaming shows through these services costs about $22.50 per month. The a … [Read more...]

How To Get Divorced For $450 Or Less

“Wedding” is one of the most commonly searched terms on Money Under 30. That makes sense, given that the average age of a man’s first marriage is 29, and a woman’s first marriage is 27. Unfortunately, plenty of people often get divorced in their 20 … [Read more...]

Blue Apron vs. Plated vs. Hello Fresh: Which Subscription Food Service Is Worth The Cost?

I've always loved to cook. But then I had a baby, went back to working full time after an amazingly long maternity leave, and kicked my freelancing career up a notch. Suddenly, I didn’t have a lot of time for cooking. It wasn't actually cooking … [Read more...]