Dating Up: A Profit and Loss Report

Our relationship was a smoothie blend of hotel living, boozy dinners, plane tickets, and general money wastage.

You Think You Know How Much Your Partner Earns But You Think You Know How Planes Fly Too

There is a mystery sleeping in bed with you every night, a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in Snoopy pajamas, and you should shake it awake, ideally at 4:23 AM, and demand that it reveal its secrets.

Figuring Out How to Help When Your Parents are Helpless

Normally, we don’t talk about work. Our conversations are limited mostly to mutual complaints and pointed inquiries as to whether or not any of my other sisters are in the room to talk on the phone as well. This visit, things were different.

Is Engagement A Passe Ritual With No Purpose?

“What is the point of getting engaged anymore?”

Finding Out If Your Mom Plans To Pay For Your Wedding

It was time to have the talk — the one where I found out if my mom had any money set aside for our weddings and what implications that might have on planning a wedding in the future.

The Unexpected Costs Incurred by Occasionally* Sleeping With Your Ex-Boyfriend**

Yes, therapy is included in these costs.

Domestic Partnerships In An Age of Same-Sex Marriage

Will domestic partnership-type arrangements still be honored by employers?

It Felt Weird When He Paid

Daniel was older than I was—beyond the half-your-age-plus-seven rule. He had a home and career in Seattle. I was still hustling for jobs to establish savings.

The Long Distance Approach to Getting Over It

Just like a sublet, romance can be temporary; breakups are a necessary part of the equation, and they make people do silly, costly things.

Planning a Trip With a Friend for the First Time

I’m planning a trip to London and Paris this October with one of my best friends, Cathy. We’ve traveled together many times in groups, but never as a duo.

Tact Vs Transparency When It Comes To Money In Relationships

“I just paid in cash for a thing and the lady told me that women do this all the time — they pay cash, or half in cash, so that their husbands/partners don’t see the full amount.”

Friends With—And Without—Money

I interviewed a handful of lowercase-f friends, acquaintances, former coworkers, and internet strangers about how they experience money issues in friendships. Is income disparity a dealbreaker, or no big deal? Is it more awkward to be the rich friend or the broke friend?

A Life Lesson from My Mother, a Freelance Financial Writer

It’s 6 p.m. on a Tuesday night and I’m having a meltdown. I’m in the seventh grade and sitting cross-legged on the floor of my mom’s home office. There are dozens of small stacks of white paper laid out across the floor with no discernible organizational method. She knows exactly where everything is, but only because it’s a giant game of “memory” she’s been playing for the last 15 days. It is April, the middle of tax season.

Creating a Questionnaire Helped Me And My Boyfriend Talk About Money

My boyfriend and I just recently acknowledged our two-and-a-half year anniversary. During all of that time we’ve been making it work even though we are long-distance.