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Money Manners: How to Say No (Nicely) When Friends and Family Ask for Money

It seems like everyone I know has been emailing me asking for money for his or her Kickstarter projects, charity endeavors or business startups. I want to help, but I also have a hefty Visa balance to pay off. So I asked an expert what a polite, … [Read more...]

At What Age Should You Have Kids?

The average age American mothers have their first child was 25 in 2006, up from 21.4 in 1970 according to the CDC. Among college-educated women, the average age of first-childbirth is 30, according to a report by The Atlantic. The Atlantic article … [Read more...]

How to Merge Bank Accounts After Marriage

A subject of perennial debate among our audience, I recommend couples merge bank accounts after marriage. If desired, you can then have separate accounts and/or credit cards that you use for small discretionary purchases or gifts for your … [Read more...]

Funny Money: 4 Ways Being Dumb with Money Can Pay Off

Since you're filling your head with financial know-how by reading such a wonderful and brainy site as this one, you're most likely an ant. As you carefully plot out your money future, the grasshoppers are off spending themselves into oblivion without … [Read more...]

10 Common Money Mistakes Among 20-Somethings: Are You Making Them?

Last week, a story about how I paid of over $80,000 in consumer debt ran on the front page of MSN.com, bringing a flood of new visitors to Money Under 30. Although the article focused on a part of my story I’m rather proud of – how I set my mind to ge … [Read more...]

Funny Money: What Our Favorite Board Games Taught Us About Money

Before money was in your life, there were board games. From the instant your parents trusted that you would no longer swallow game pieces and allowed you to compete against them, you were subconsciously learning lessons through the games about life, … [Read more...]

6 Financial Planning Tips for Grads; a.k.a. What You Wish You Knew at 23!

Last week we featured some of the best financial advisors for 20-somethings who want to get a jump start on their financial plan. Today's guest author, Sophia Bera, CFP® is one of our featured advisors. After working as a financial planner for L … [Read more...]

Rotten Customer Service? The Smart Way to Handle Companies that Waste Your Time

Some interesting commentary appeared on The Huffington Post this past week, and I'm not one to read that online publication expecting anything original. (If Arianna Huffington has earned any journalistic reputation, it's for borrowing copy from every … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Arguing Over Money with Your Significant Other

You try your best. You soak in knowledge from personal finance blogs with catchy names. You live and die by a budget. You max out your Roth IRA contributions. And none of it matters. Because no matter how good you happen to think you are with … [Read more...]

Death and Taxes…and Divorce? Don’t Let Tax Time Bring Your Marriage Down

April 15 has come and gone and besides your finances, what else has been compromised? For many of us, it's our relationships. We've all heard Ben Franklin's  famous quote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Whil … [Read more...]