The Haves and the Have-nots

I was raised in a family where talking about money was not taboo. My father did a good job of raising two girls on a variety of incomes—money, was tight, and because of this, I was always aware of what we did and didn’t have.

Some Costs Associated With a Relationship

The cost of a relationship, starting with two coffees.

The Cost of Date Night (And the Morning After)

I had this date with a guy I was really excited about (he was a social justice law student!).

A Shore Thing for Valentine’s Day

How does one meet such a momentous occasion at such an early stage of romance?

A Life in Two Decades: In Brooklyn, in Massachusetts, in Hartford, Conn.

Where and how did you live, Josh?

A Relationship Ends, But the Lease Does Not

We broke up. The worse news is that we were five months into a year-long lease that's in both our names (neither of us is the primary person on the lease), and now we have to figure out how to talk to the landlords about what's going on, and convince them to let us either change the lease, or break it altogether.

The Cost of Love

I asked some Billfold pals if they had ever spent too much money on love. They had.

When There Are Different Points of Views About Money in a Relationship

Scenario: You have an extra $5,000 in your bank account. You're up-to-date on all your bills, and you're on track for savings goals, so you get to choose where to put that $5,000. You'd like to pay off the $5,000 remaining balance on a loan and get it over with. Your spouse wants to use $2,000 of it to get something for the house. Who's right?

The Cost of a Car Accident

The second I heard Brad's voice, I knew it was bad.

My Cruise Ship Love Affair

Darlene and I met while working in the entertainment department of a large cruise ship sailing the Western Caribbean Sea. Darlene danced in the not-quite-Vegas-style stage productions, and I hammed it up on the mic as a host of not-quite-high-concept spectacles such as the Men's International Hairy Chest Competition and Late Night Adult Dodgeball.