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."

The History of the Wooden Nickel

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

How Money Moves Between Generations (Not The Way You Expect)

At 80, since she has run through her own cash, the mom thinks it's fair to spend her daughter's. Meanwhile the daughter keeps cycling through the five stages of grief: denial, resentment, anger, guilt, giving in.

Ask the Grindstone: Job Reference Etiquette

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

Is Less Than a Year Too Soon to Switch Jobs?

We received the following questions below from Rosemary (not her real name), 29, who is working as a librarian in a medical context, but wants to make the switch to an academic library. She asked a question that many people worry about: Is it too soon to switch jobs?

A Father/Daughter Duo Answers Your Questions: What Career Path Should I Take?

Dear Meghan and her Dad, Hope you're both well. I'm a 26-year-old woman with an MA in art history. Before graduating in May of 2013 I had a job lined up, and it sounded like a dream job at the time. So for the last year I've been working as a researcher at the art museum in my home city, part-time, no benefits, doing what I care about despite its relative unimportance in the big picture. I had a second (retail) job for several months to make ends meet, and then two months in my boyfriend moved in and I quit the other job, because the two of us combined made enough money, and also because the retail job was exactly what you'd expect it to be like.

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.

Ask An Assertive Person: Being Social While Being Frugal

How on earth do I make and keep friends without spending a ton of money? I don’t want to turn down invites because I can’t afford another dinner out but I don’t want to be weird and not eat anything either.

How to Make Buying Things More Like Having Experiences

DON'T buy on impulse. DO wear a funny hat.