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Why We Both Went Back to Work After Having Kids

Earlier this year I wrote about the not-so-insignificant costs of having a baby, and several of you asked about the decision to go back to work or for one parent to stay home. For those fortunate enough to have this choice, choosing to return to … [Read more...]

♥ & $: What Baggage do you Bring to Your Relationship with Money?

Please join me in welcoming Lisen Stromberg to Money Under 30. Lisen is an accomplished journalist who will be writing a new biweekly series "♥ & $:" focusing on how young couples can better tackle financial issues together. Welcome, Lisen. - … [Read more...]

‘I Don’t…Want to Pay for That!’: Tips for Managing Finances With a Significant Other Before Marriage

Ah, the thrills of dating and new relationships. Movie nights, ice cream dates, walks on the beach, a romantic candlelit dinner on Saturday night followed by… …a $150 bill! If you’ve dated -- even for a short time -- you know that dating involv … [Read more...]

My Money Story: How A Surprisingly Simple Checklist Saved Us $1,365 A Year By Eliminating Wasted Food

Today I want to introduce a new type of post here on Money Under 30: “My Money Story”. These posts are the financial experiences and lessons of real Money Under 30 readers in their own words. If you would like to contribute your story to a future p … [Read more...]

The Real Cost Of Having A Baby

For many of you, crying babies and babbling toddlers are the last things on your mind. If you’re like I was "before child", when you see a family with a gaggle of kids in line at a store, you pick another register---quick. Been there. Of course n … [Read more...]

Should You Move For A Job?

The New York Times has called us “The Go-Nowhere Generation.”The reason?Lots of us are choosing not to venture far from home.We’re not crossing state lines to find work---even when there are few jobs at home. We came of age at the dawn of a recession … [Read more...]

My Experience: Combining Finances With A New Spouse

I’ve been married for a little over three months now, and, since my new husband and I combined our finances right after getting hitched, we've been learning a lot about what it's like to share bank accounts. We went from completely separate financial … [Read more...]

Six Ways to Have Better “Money Talks” with Your Partner

Most couples want to avoid tension, arguments, and---of course--breaking up. One way to do that, it seems, is to talk about money. Whether you're married, engaged, or just starting to get serious with somebody, it's a good idea to come clean about … [Read more...]

A Simple Spreadsheet for Tracking Shared Expenses

Do you share monthly expenses with a roommate or significant other but pay for them from separate bank accounts? For better or worse, that’s how my wife and I have been splitting up our monthly expenses since we got hitched last August. We have a j … [Read more...]

13 Inexpensive Date Ideas

Last week, I wrote about how dating can get costly as you grow into your twenties and I offered some tips for learning how to avoid spending a lot on dating. This week, I’m back with a list of a few inexpensive date ideas to help with your frugal d … [Read more...]