A Windfall

Last October, The Billfold asked a bunch of people what they would do if they got a surprise $20,000 windfall. Most people said they would use the money to pay off their debt, then save and invest some of it, and then use a little bit of the money to travel. My thoughts then were pretty much in line with everyone else’s.

And then last week, I got a windfall. My parents were left some money by a relative, and they gave me $6,000 to use however I wanted.

Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: January 2014 Check-In

Pull up those balances!

Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: August 2013 Check-In

It's time to check in on our debt payments and savings goals again. If you're joining us for the first time, you can read about our decision to publicly keep track of our debt here.

Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: June 2013 Check-In

In one year, the Billfold community participating in monthly check-ins has paid off at least $281,952.85 in debts.

Figuring Out a Career While Being Married to an Academic

Brooke is 27 and lives in a major city in the Southeastern region of the U.S.

Let’s Start the New Year With Some Small Wins

What's one small money-related thing you'd like to accomplish by Feb. 1?

A Conversation With a Tax Accountant Who Earns $75,000 a Year

Michelle: I'm 26, a senior corporate tax accountant, and I live in Rockland County in N.Y.

Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: May 2013 Check-In

This month, Logan got her Barclay card under $1,000.

Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: February 2014 Check-In

Pull up those balances!

How I Faced $20,000 in Credit Card Debt and Won

Several years ago, I made the final payment that relieved me from a crushing burden of debt that took me three years to pay off. Throughout my twenties, I accrued approximately $20,000 worth of credit card debt.

Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: July 2013 Check-In

It's time to check in on our debt payments and savings goals again.

Defer Student Loans? Paying the Minimum on Credit Cards?

If I ultimately have to either stop paying my loans (which are in deferment while I'm a student) or go back to paying just the minimums on my cards, what's the better choice? The dollar amount I would save monthly is the same.