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 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

Prepaid Bank Cards: Is There Ever A Good Reason To Use One?

Is There Ever A Time To Use A Prepaid Bank Card

Prepaid bank cards are a solution if you can’t get a checking account, but should never be a long-term solution.

How To Save Your First $500

How To Save $500 When You're Living Paycheck To Paycheck

It’s not easy to save your first $500, but the first step is the hardest. Here are four steps anyone can follow to begin putting money away (no matter how little you earn).

3 TV Shows That May Actually Teach You Something About Money

What You Can Learn About Money From Popular TV Shows

If you’re going to binge on some television, these shows come with financial themes from which you just might learn a thing or two.

Don’t Drive A Lot? You Could Save With Pay Per Mile Car Insurance

Pay-Per-Mile Car Insurance

If you drive less than 10,000 miles per year you might be paying too much for car insurance. Consider a pay per mile car insurance company.

Financial Advice From Your Parents You Wish You’d Listened To

Do What Your Momma Says Financial Advice From Your Parents You Really Should Follow

Did your parents give you good financial advice as a kid? A new survey reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the average parents’ money advice. Problem is, as kids, we weren’t listening.

In Debt? No Savings? You May Still Be Able To Buy A House (Not That You Should)

No savings In debt You Can Still Buy A House

Crappy pay. Student loans. No savings. Think homeownership is out of reach? You might be wrong. Not that you should, but here’s how many millennials buy houses while still in debt.

Is An Income Based Repayment Plan The Answer To Your Student Loan Problem?

Is An Income Based Repayment Plan The Answer To Your Student Loan Problem

Putting your student loans on an income based repayment plan might make a lot of sense. It will lower your monthly payments and could even wipe out your remaining balance after 10 or 20 years. Here’s what to consider before enrolling.

Why Millennials Are More Stressed About Money Than Anyone Else, And What To Do About It

Why Millennials Are More Stressed Out About Money Than Anyone Else, And What To Do About It

Millennials are more stressed about money than any other demographic, research shows. Why that is, and what you can do about it.

5 Ways To Trick Yourself Into Saving More And Spending Less

5 Ways To Trick Yourself Into Saving More And Spend Less

How much you spend or save is a result of habit. That’s good news, because it means you can trick yourself into saving more. Here’s how.

2 New Ways To Save Big Money On Travel

Two New Ways To Save Money While Vacationing

Looking for some new tricks to save big money on travel? Two new secrets that could save you hundreds on your next trip.