On After I Go

My parents gave me a will for my 18th birthday, which some people might call morbid but I call very practical and generous. We went to their lawyer's office and wrote it all up, signed all the forms, also did a power of attorney at the same time. A hour of a lawyer's time ain't cheap! Now that I'm an adult, I should probably get a copy of it for myself- it lives with all the rest of the family documents at my parents' house.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:51 am 1

On "The Grand 401(k) Experiment Has Been A Failure"

i've got about 15K in mine (it's actually a 403b because i work for a nonprofit). i contribute 6% and my employer contributes 7%, which i know is amazing. it's not even a match, it's just a flat contribution!

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 6:28 pm 0

On American Girl Doll Furniture Costs More Than Furniture For Humans

Ohhhh man the American Girl catalog. I used to flip through those over and over until the pages practically fell out. I had Kirsten and my handy dad actually made me replicas of a few of her pieces (like the wooden school bench set), which was very sweet of him.

Posted on March 12, 2015 at 12:51 pm 4

On Want a Free College Education? Show Up to Class and Don't Get Caught

this reminds me of that scene from Orange County. When Colin Hanks get rejected from his dream college and his underwear-clad loser brother Jack Black just tells him to march down there on the first day of classes and not take no for an answer.

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread: I Didn't Yet Know About These Moneysavers

@RiffRandell sounds like another word for assistant. job will most likely entail database work and record-keeping. daily donor report probably means compiling a list of the donations/grants received that day. i've found that there is often a lot of chance for upward mobility in nonprofit development offices, so if you are interested in grant writing or face-to-face solicitation, then it's a great way to get your foot in the door. you can learn a lot from those entry-level jobs and work your way up from there.

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm 0

On How Much Allowance Money Should You Give Your Children?

I got a minor weekly allowance and it wasn't tied to chores, which I'm glad for. The message was always that helping around the house was everyone's responsibility and not just restricted to a few set tasks. "often in life, you have to clean up after other people," my dad used to say.

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 2:47 pm 1

On Friends With Venmo

Chase Quickpay! Great for New Yorkers, especially, because nearly everyone has Chase. And even if you don't, you can still use the service.

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 2:18 pm 0

On CA Money vs Midwest Money, & "Relative Wealth" at U Michigan

i often felt caught between two worlds in college because although my parents each made well less than 6-figure salaries and we lived in a modest house, they paid for my college education using an inheritance they received. so although we did not live very fancy lives, the fact that i was able to move through college debt-free put me into a different, weird category.

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm 0

On How Chelsea Fagan, Founder of The Financial Diet, Does Money

@annev17 no, i'm talking about on the financial diet- a lot of the in-text links to various products are affiliate links, meaning the site creator gets a cut of the purchase price whenever a reader clicks through and buys the product. shopstyle and rewardstyle are two popular affiliate linking programs for fashion/accessories, and it's against FCC rules to not disclose your use of them on a website.

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 9:48 am 0

On How Chelsea Fagan, Founder of The Financial Diet, Does Money

gotta say, i find it disingenuous to use affiliate links for $300 wallets on a website about saving money.

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm 2