Thoughts for the Soon-to-Be-Retired

Working things out for my parents, and maybe even for myself.

What I Learned About Money After Growing Up With A Parent Who’s An Addict

My father had a heroin problem. Although he didn’t mean to, he taught me a lot about personal finance in the process.

When Dog Training Classes Are More About Your Break Up Than Anything Else

I broke up with my live-in boyfriend of six years and took my dog to an advanced training course.

When Going Broke Made My Marriage Stronger

It’s crazy to think that before his work dried up (an ever-present threat to freelancers) we didn’t really have a budget.

How To Buy Your Lover Flowers

If you are committed to going through with this purchase, do it right.

In My Time of Need, a Rich Friend Helped Me Put Together a Budget

I lost a job, suffered through a broken engagement, and worried about my five-figure credit card debt. Enter Rich Friend and her fountain pen.

The Cost of Dating Someone Whose Financial Values Match Yours

My last relationship was draining, financially and otherwise; this time around, I’m determined to keep costs reasonable. If things don’t work between him and me, neither of us won’t be cleaned out financially.

Dating Up: A Profit and Loss Report

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

The Delicate Nature of Planning a Wedding When Your Parents Are Divorced

My parents had already been divorced for several years when I approached them with the question about how we’d pay for the wedding, but tensions between them were still quite high.

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.