Friday Estimate

Who else is glad it’s Friday? Let’s do some estimations.

This weekend I’ll be meeting two friends for brunch and attending a birthday party in Brooklyn. I also have a few gifts I need to pick up, and cards to send out, and some work I need to do. Estimate for the weekend is $250.

What are your plans?

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A Recovery Without Steady Incomes

The U.S. unemployment rate is currently at 5.8 percent—the lowest since the financial crisis of 2008. The U.S. economy has grown at a rate of 3 percent for the past four to five quarters encouraging analysts to say that our country “is finally casting aside the shackles imposed by the financial crisis.” Corporate profits are at a record high. And yet, household incomes remain volatile—especially for low and middle-income households.

What We’ll Do When We Stop Working

Part of figuring out how much we need to save for retirement is considering the kind of life we’ll be having once we stop working and rely on retirement savings and social security.

Giving Tuesday

After Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a day to support one (or more) of your favorite charitable organizations.

Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: November 2014 Check-in

It’s time to check in on our debt payments and savings goals again.

Monday Check-in

How were everyone else’s days off?

Thanksgiving Estimate/Open Thread

Stay safe if you’re traveling in bad weather!

Beating a Student Loan Lender at Their Own Game

It’s rare to hear stories about college students taking out private student loans from a lender like Sallie Mae and then beating them in court after being hounded and sued for money after defaulting on the loans. I was able to lock-in low interest rates on the private student loans I took out, but Stefanie Gray wasn’t able to get a cosigner on her loans (both her parents passed away when she was younger) and was given “credit card-like interest rates.” That was the beginning of Gray’s troubles, but this story has a happy ending.

Monday Check-In

How were your weekends?

Friday Estimate

Hello, again, I’m back!