Paying Off Debt vs. Saving for Emergencies

Michelle Singletary answers a question that I’m sure many of us have asked: How do you balance saving with paying down debt?

The Cost Of A Bruised Tailbone

I started using my credit card for things I shouldn’t, like daily take-out, more Uber rides, Amazon movie rentals, and sad online shopping. I racked up nearly $500.

A Father-Daughter Duo Answers Your Questions: Should We Use Our Money to See the World Now, Or Save for the Future?

My husband and I live well within our means in a very expensive city. We save what we can in his 401(k) and my Roth IRA. We have some accessible savings in our credit union, however we are not really saving much. We have prioritized world travel as our luxury. We are able to do this in an affordable way, considering the luxury, by often attaching our adventures to his work trips or relying on the kindness of friends who live or own abroad. The cost of the trips pale in comparison to the cost of things like raising a child (or two), or owning things! Would you say it’s worth investing in our lives right now when a couple of thousand dollars allows us to see the world, or put all that money away (somewhere!) to help out a little in the future? To add, we will hopefully make more money in the future. Thanks!

Andrew W.K. Has Some Thoughts About Money

Marketplace talked to musician Andrew W.K. this weekend, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the musician talked about why spending money to have fun and party can be worth it:

A Father’s Dilemma: Saving for His Kids’ College Educations

In the Washington Post, Joe Heim, a father of a six-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter discusses a thing a lot of parents go through: Wanting to save for his kids’ college educations, but not actually saving for his kids’ college educations.

The Scholarship Gap

Let’s Talk About What We’re Going to Do with Our Tax Refunds

What should I do with my tax refund? The answer to that depends on what your priorities are.

Reader Mail: Do I Need This Insurance Policy?

Do I need long term insurance coverage? Should I get a new plan once I have my finances in order? Also I’ve heard that some of them are semi-scams that don’t cover much or have restrictions on what they will cover. At this point it kind of seems crazy to put so much money into something that I may not use for 40 years or more. But then on the other hand I guess I could get in a car accident and be paralyzed tomorrow? — S.L.

How to Go Freelance, and Still Afford to Travel

A year and a bit after I jumped into the freelance pool, I found myself on an airplane headed for San Francisco, where I stayed for 29 amazing days without putting any of it on credit. This is how I did it.

Reader Mail: The Rules We Live By

I found your piece on NYC rents, and the exorbitant amounts we spend on them really interesting. It’s an issue I fret about, too. What’s a good rule of thumb? Should we spend 1/4 of our income? One-third? — David