Rambling Man: Help! Am I A Miser?

Miserly people are the ones who, like Scrooge before his ghost-induced epiphany, impose their frugality on others.

Rambling Man: On Tipping At Counters & Kids As A Retirement Plan

Tipping in the face of low wages and unjust labor conditions is kind of like voting in the context of a two-party system with effectively unlimited campaign contributions: you recognize that what you want is revolution, but in the mean time, you do what you can.

‘Dear Sugar’ Answers Questions About Money, Family, and Class

As always, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond give compassionate responses to these questions—but we have a few additional pieces of advice.

When Doing What You Love Doesn’t Pay: What Next?

The notion that the perfect book/sculpture/performance equals the perfect life stems from a deep-seated belief that if “you can be the ideal artist and be so in touch with your creativity, everything else will just fall into place,” says Clayman.

Sharp, Young Thing: How Do You Manage Someone Older Than You?

My mom called me the other day. “I have a new manager,” she explained, “and he’s younger than you.”

Appreciating Success, In 15 Second Increments

It’s easier, somehow, to kick myself for losing money years ago than to pat myself on the back for saving it last summer.

WWYD: My Parents Want My Hard-Earned Savings!

“Last week my dad approached me and said he and my mom want to retire to Florida and are looking at houses. They’re hoping my brother and I can each chip in $5,000 for the down payment.”

Ask the Grindstone: Job Reference Etiquette

Hi! I have a question for your Grindstone series: The etiquette with references.

In Which I Answer a Question About Marriage and Finances That ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ Asked Us in October

Call Your Girlfriend asked The Billfold if we can provide any additional advice to a person who wrote them a letter about a tricky financial situation.

The History of the Wooden Nickel

A Buffalo nickel is worth a pretty penny, should you find one these days.