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HBO ‘Girls’ and Money Quiz: Are You a Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna, or a Jessa?

The HBO show “Girls” has been called the “Sex and the City” of our generation. Years ago, fans of “Sex and the City” began asking themselves to which of the four female archetypal characters they most related. If you were a Carrie, for example, you … [Read more...]

How to Find a Financial Mentor (And Why You Need One!)

A few weeks ago, we met Allison Beacham, a young woman who helped us negotiate the world of renting. Like many Money Under 30 readers, Allison knows quite a bit about money for someone still in college. In her case, there's a good reason … [Read more...]

♥ & $: The Spending Diet: My Month of More Mindful Spending

December’s credit card bill came in the other day and it was all I could do not to gag. How did all my good intentions and careful planning go so horribly wrong? Yes, we had many unexpected medical expenses (don’t worry, everyone is ok). And yes, two … [Read more...]

♥ & $: Making Do With Enough, Or Not

Wrapping paper litters the carpet, little explosions of color and desire. The fire once raging has now mellowed sending the occasional spark past the screen onto the hardwood floor, a threat so minor we pay it little mind. The children have … [Read more...]

Some Reading for a New Year: How to Set Financial Goals and Stick to Them

The end of the year is a time of hope … we look forward to next year, often with the intentions of making it better than the last. It’s also a time of reflection, and for those in control of their finances (like all of us in the Money Under 30 com … [Read more...]

Ask David: What Should I Do With My Year-end Bonus Check?

After many years of school, I now have my first job and I expect to receive a year-end bonus somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000. What should I do with my bonus check? What kind of saving options do I have? (I will already have maxed out my 401k.) … [Read more...]

♥ & $: Compulsive Shopping or Retail Therapy? When Enough is Enough

Five of us stood grumbling in a check out line the other day. Our arms were filled with clothing and books and knick knacks soon to be wrapped up and hidden under the Christmas tree. The woman in front of me complained about Christmas shopping. Or … [Read more...]

♥ & $: Get Gift Giving Right

The last time my husband surprised me with a gift was Christmas 2008. I had mentioned how much I loved the leather jacket a girlfriend was wearing and he got it in his head to buy me one just like it. He spent days searching stores, combed the … [Read more...]

Advice for Winning $500 Million

Like a lot of people this week, my wife and I have been seduced by the media attention surrounding the half-billion dollar Powerball lottery prize – the nation’s second biggest lotto jackpot ever. And so, last night, we bought a single $2 ticket. N … [Read more...]

♥ & $: Banning Black Friday and Other Lessons Learned Along the Way

It was a tradition, something my mother and I did together on the Friday after Thanksgiving. We would spend the morning leisurely perusing the sales and then have lunch at I. Magnin’s, the august department store at the base of Union Square in San F … [Read more...]