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

Pull up those balances!

Access to Credit and the Poor

In the NYT Times Magazine, economics reporter Shaila Dewan looks at how credit card debt helps low-income people. For one thing, having access to credit and demonstrating an ability to pay back money you borrow builds a better credit profile that helps people save money over time.

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

Pull up those balances!

I Bought a House When I Was 21

When I tell people that I own my house, and that I bought it when I was 21, they always want to know how could she afford it? I can see in their faces that they’re wondering if I’m a trust fund baby, if my rich boyfriend bought it with me, or if I secretly make money doing something tawdry. Nobody ever asks me that question, but if they did, I think they’d be disappointed in the answer. My secret: I just saved my money.

A Financial Adviser Plans Her Holiday Spending

I am frequently asked for suggestions on saving money over the holidays, so I thought I’d share some ideas that have helped me.

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

OK! Let’s throw some money at our problems.

Accumulating More Debt Than Money for Retirement

I’d Totally Save Money If It Didn’t Feel Impossible

I have a problem, and that problem is not being able to save money.

How an American Earns a Living in Turkey

I make 78,000 Turkish lira per year, which was around $40,000. With the exchange rate now, it’s closer to $39,000.

A Conversation with a Photographer Who Earns $50,000 a Year

Grant: I’m 28, live in Chicago, Ill. My fiancé and I just moved to a neighborhood called Logan Square last weekend. I am a photographer.