Times I Thought I’d Go Broke: 2012-2014

My post-college financial life hasn’t been the overflowing pot of gold that the admissions marketing told when I was a wide-eyed high school student applying to lockdown my destiny. Most of my academic advisors and department chairs were the same, full of positive energy and congratulating me on making it through those "tough four years." Interestingly enough, out of the professors from the four departments that were my academic home, the only honest and useful words about my future came from Classical Studies. Forever academics, they told us to give them a call when we needed advice on deferring our loans for graduate school. It turns out that deferment has been a key part of my financial life since then. But there have been other times I’ve been saved from financial ruin. I’d like to reflect on some of the times when what felt like literal pennies from heaven saved me from living in a trash can, or worse, back at home with my parents.

Quitting 1 Career at 57 to Start Another

Bill Robson is 57 and lives in Sammamish, Washington. Last year, he quit his career in computer engineering to write a book and start a business. We spoke recently about his transition.

How I Learned to Love Investing

Rachel Laban didn't think she would ever invest money in the stock market—until one day when she did.

Reader Mail: I Saved A Lot of Money. Now What?

OK, I am a young professional with a good job that I got in 2008 after graduating college. Since my hiring, I've managed to put away about $12,000 into a savings account, and a few months ago my parents gifted me another $20,000 because they gave up on me ever having a wedding.

Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: March 2014 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.

Pull up those balances!

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

Thinking a lot about that credit card balance? Trying to save for that thing you want? Let's throw some money at our problems.

The Hustle of a Cellist in New York

Peter Sachon is a professional cellist in New York City (he is also my cousin). We spoke recently about his money and his work