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Archive for: Life…On A Budget

You Know You Don’t Need A New Phone; So Why Are You Buying One Anyway?

Apple rolled out the iPhone 6 this month and -- to a technofile like me -- the goods are tempting. A larger screen, better camera, and all your credit cards synced up to one device. Some people are born with an inner sense of frugality that makes … [Read more...]

Funny Money: 5 DIY Projects That Will Cost You More In The Long Run

Do-it-your-selfers live by the credo that it doesn't make sense to pay others for work you can do. They are liars who are wrong and stupid. OK, maybe that is a bit extreme. There are times when it is better to do yourself rather than pay pros to … [Read more...]

Quicken 2015 for Mac Review

When it comes to finding a tool to help you track and manage your money, these days are so many choices it can be overwhelming to choose. There are many excellent online personal finance tools, hundreds of mobile apps, powerful spreadsheet budgets … [Read more...]

Money Manners: Talking With Your Partner About The Costs Of Smoking

This month, a reader wrote, “My boyfriend and I have been living together for four years. He smokes cigarettes, and I want him to stop. Obviously, I want him to stop for health reasons. But there’s a financial reason too. Every time he buys a pa … [Read more...]

5 Reasons To Keep Your Finances Separate From Your Significant Other

When you're in love, you want to share everything. So it's only natural that you'll want to combine your finances, just like you do your gate code, your bed and your face soap. But not so fast. Financially binding yourself to the object of your … [Read more...]

How to Negotiate Discounts And Freebies For Your Dream Wedding

You’ve found your dream partner. Now it’s time to plan your dream wedding. Unfortunately, that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare once you start seeing how much weddings cost. In 2013, the average wedding costs just under $30,000, a record hig … [Read more...]

6 Ways To Financially Prepare For Grad School

So you've come to the point where you've bonked your head against the glass ceiling at work. You look up enviously and see everyone who uses that ceiling as a floor either has an MBA or is golf buddies with a VP. Since there's no helping your golf … [Read more...]

Money Manners: How To Help A Friend Who Is Bad With Money

A reader recently asked: A good friend of mine makes really, really stupid financial decisions. She shops constantly even though she never pays her bills on time. She blows her paycheck super fast, sometimes before paying her rent. And every time I … [Read more...]

Angie’s List Review: An Inexpensive Way To Find The Best Contractors (And More)

When Lauren and I bought our first home in 2010, we entered the brave new world of home improvement and repair. From issues with the new home that came up during inspections to surprise repairs (a leaking pipe in the basement, two busted appliances, … [Read more...]

Three Easy Ways To Save Serious Money On Your Wedding

Getting married soon? You’re in good company. The average age for an American’s first marriage is 29 for men and 27 for women. But don’t be one of the crowd when it comes to this statistic:  The average wedding costs just under $30,000, a record h … [Read more...]