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

Black Friday used to be a time to enjoy someone's company, dress up, and enjoy shopping. No more.

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 Francisco. My mother always insisted I put on my best Sunday […]

Why We Both Went Back To Work After Having Kids

Deciding to become a stay-at-home mom or dad after having kids is a big decision.

The decision to return to work can be tough one. If you have the option to stay home it can be tough to decide to go back to work after having kids. Here’s our thought process on the matter and why we both decided to return to work full time

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

Whether you realize it or not, everyone brings financial baggage to a relationship. The better you are at talking about it, the happier your relationship will be.

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. -DW  My husband came home the other night and asked me if I’d heard it. […]

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

Combining finances with an unmarried partner is tricky, but honestly and a plan will make it easier.

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 involves spending money. And, if you’ve been in a long-term relationship, you know […]

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

Jacquelyn Smith recommends shopping at farmers' markets for fresh produce.

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 post, please email us david@moneyunder30.com with your idea. […]

The Real Cost Of Having A Baby

A chart showing how much it costs to raise a baby in the first year.

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 now that I’m a daddy, my 18-month old daughter […]

Should You Move For A Job?

Should You Move For A Job

When thinking about moving for a job there is more to consider than just the pay. Being away from your support system can be harder than you think. However, you might be passing on a great opportunity by staying home. We are weighing the options of moving for a job vs. staying put.

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 lives and splitting (almost) every cost right down the middle to completely combined finances. After […]

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

Talking about money leads to healthier relationships.

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 your financial situation, learn to share your financial goals, and start talking about […]

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 dating journey. An inexpensive dating life […]