On In Which I Learn That My Dream Apartment Might Be Affordable

@mary_garth That's it, I'm starting a Betsy Ray thread (even though I believe my comments routinely get sent to spam—can that be fixed, Billfold?? I'm not a creep!): Remember when they moved from Hill Street to High Street and Betsy missed the tub they would bathe in in the kitchen? But then eventually grew to like the new house and taking cold bathes every single morning? It's just like Nicole's dilemma, except not really. Sorry guys I'm drinking a Tecate at work and waiting to get out of here. GET THE APARTMENT NICOLE AND INVITE EVERYONE OVER FOR SUNDAY NIGHT LUNCH

Posted on April 10, 2015 at 6:20 pm 0

On Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

@Louise Belcher @goodtimesnoodlesalad Claiming you have assets you don't actually have would likely make a partner more willing to share their assets with you, as well as instill a sense of security that's easy to take advantage of. Also yeah Ester is crazy, I would totally break up with that nut.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 4:56 pm 0

On In Which I Answer a Question About Marriage and Finances That 'Call Your Girlfriend' Asked Us in October

My situation is similar to the LW's in most respects: my BF makes over double what I do, we've purchased a home together, and I tend to take on the bulk of the daily housekeeping. We have separate checking accounts but, for all intents and purposes, a joint savings account (I'm the one who accesses it). Here's where the LW and I differ: my boyfriend has always made it clear that his money is my money, and vice versa. I pay for utilities and we split the mortgage payment equally, but he pays for the car, car insurance, and nearly all of our dinners out, movies, etc. The money we put toward the down payment and renovation was nearly all his. We're paying for another small renovation right now—out of his pocket. If the LW's boyfriend insists on splitting all costs down the middle, something's amiss. That just doesn't make sense, and it probably isn't sustainable. The LW needs to check in with him to see exactly how he thinks about money. FWIW, my BF and I probably won't ever have a joint checking account. But that doesn't mean things don't feel equal between us.

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 12:36 pm 0

On On Being An OK Person In An Age of Personal Brands

Great, great piece.

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 2:03 pm 0

On Talking to a Millennial Homeowner Who Wants to Sell Her Home

@guenna77 Agreed. My boyfriend and I paid closing costs when we closed on our condo last year.

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 2:22 pm 0

On Shopping, Travel-Wise: Are You An Ester Or A Nicole?

That spreadsheet is ridiculously cute. Nicole, I'm sure you're one of those people, like me, who spends that extra-time-in-bed-before-getting-up planning what you're gonna wear for the day. (I guess, who isn't one of those people? Freaks!)

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 6:53 pm 0

On Open Thread: Parental Assistance

@lemonhead3159 I've never heard of parents buying a house for their kids in college before. It sounds like they did a bunch of things right! Super impressed and inspired for future family-planning, um, plans. What a cool idea. Also kudos to you guys for getting those scholarships.

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 1:11 pm 0

On How Living at Home at 31 Taught Me Nothing and Everything About Saving

"I feel like I’m living more in the moment now than I am for the future, and I’m okay with that." Guuuuuuuuurl. Now is *exactly* the time you should be living for the future. You're not in college anymore! Stop taking it easy on yourself.

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 4:19 pm 0

On The Trouble With Shopping for Swimsuits on Amazon

You can even sign up for emails from places like J. Crew and Madewell—they have sales all the time. (Literally all the time.) Sure, it's more expensive, but it's also way better made (and probably cuter, honestly) than anything you'll find on Amazon.

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 4:55 pm 0

On Okay, So Where Should We Move to Get What We Want?

@dollars¢s Thank you so much! That's so helpful. A neighborhood called Friendship—I love it. We'll look into these, for sure!

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 10:51 am 0