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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.

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...]

Money Manners: How to Ask Your Parents For Money

In your early 20s, you probably imagined that by the time you turned 30, you’d have a fabulous job that paid enough to cover rent for a tricked-out apartment in a high-priced city. But here you are…coming up on 30, and finding that dream job has tu … [Read more...]

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...]