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Money Manners: Do You Have to Chip in for Office Gifts and Parties?

This month, a reader wrote in about a tricky work-related financial issue: “I don’t love my job or the people I work with. But since no one has called me back for any other jobs, I imagine I’ll be here for awhile. At least once a month, someone col … [Read more...]

How to Start Travel Hacking: Fly for Little or Nothing (Even in First Class)

This July, I’m flying my family of four from Portland, Maine to San Antonio for a family wedding...for free. Had I paid for the airfare, the cost would ring in at over $2,000. Also awesome: I’ve gotten free first-class upgrades on about six out … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Pro Athletes Don’t Need Your Money; How to Watch Your Team Play for Less

Every sporting competition yields winners and losers. Well, except for soccer, which yields 0-0 ties. But the winners, losers and, uh, tie-ers are not limited to the competing athletes. There are also plenty of losers in the crowd, and I'm not just … [Read more...]

Survey: Today’s 20-somethings Are Broke But Optimistic; How Do You Compare?

80% of 20-somethings expect to do at least as well financially as their parents -- Click to Tweet The State of 20-somethings' Finances in the United States In January 2014, Money Under 30 surveyed 300 random Americans between the ages of 21 and … [Read more...]

The Price of Amazon Prime is Going Up; Will You Still Pay?

At this point in time, it’s no longer of a question of whether Amazon Prime rates will go up in 2014, but when—and by how much. The service, which costs $79 a year, is unsurprisingly popular: It offers free, unlimited two-day shipping on more than 19 … [Read more...]

Go Ahead, Take That Vacation: 5 Ways to Travel Cheaply

Before you read any further, let’s make one thing clear: If you’re having trouble paying for your housing, food and utilities, don’t go on vacation! Instead, to get a little R&R, try out these ideas for a staycation. But if you’re like me, empl … [Read more...]

Three Easy Ways to Save Money on Beauty Products

Looking good can be expensive, especially if you’re a woman. The Huffington Post and YouGov recently polled 1,000 people and found that 35 percent of women use up to two beauty products daily (54 percent of men, on the other hand, don’t use any pro … [Read more...]

Angie’s List: The Best $30 You’ll Spend All Year

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...]

Funny Money: 5 Easy Ways to Nibble at the Costs of Eating Out

As far as sustenance goes, there's nothing more irresponsible than eating at restaurants. And minimalist bloggers are never shy about telling you so. While it's always more cost-effective to gather your ingredients and cook them yourself, … [Read more...]

Money Manners: Should You Split the Check at a Restaurant Evenly, or Only Pay for What You Ordered?

A reader recently asked: “Every few weeks, I get together with two girlfriends at a Mexican restaurant. Whenever the bill comes, one of them usually grabs it off the table and says, ‘Let’s just split it three ways.' "My other friend agrees, and … [Read more...]