Bad College Habits Busted

Bad College Habits Busted

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon a sea of young men and women flooding the sidewalks of upper Manhattan sporting light blue graduation gowns. It was Class Day at Columbia University. It’s been seven years since I donned a grad gown of my own- at the time, one of many filling up the old Yankee […]

The Not So Obvious Rules of Travel Hacking

rules of travel hacking

The following is a guest post from frequent flyer redemption specialist and co-founder of iflywithmiles, Mike Choi. Please join me in welcoming him to the blog today. A year ago, Stefanie wrote about her first experience with “travel hacking”- accumulating miles and points to pay for airfare and hotels instead of paying cash. The most […]

Making Room for New Spending Priorities

Making Room for New Spending Prioriities

I’ve spent last two weeks settling into my new apartment with the boyfriend- shopping for furniture, debating who gets to occupy which shared storage spaces, and painting the surprisingly expansive walls of our one bedroom. In all the shuffle of getting our lives together, I haven’t exactly been my usual put together self. Days start […]

Why I Shop Online… For Everything

Why I Shop Online For Everything

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quotacy . All opinions are 100% my own. When I say “online shopping” what pops into your head? For me it’s orders from Amazon and Seamless food delivery- for you it might be a Birchbox subscription or your iTunes addiction. Whatever you associate with online shopping, […]

Money Lessons From My Mom

Money Lessons from My Mom

Please welcome back staff writer Sarah Cooney. Last year I was lucky enough to book a performing contract with Disney – making a great income while spending my days cruising the Caribbean on the newest and largest ship in their fleet. My nights were spent performing in sparkly, beautiful productions. The little girls who came to […]

Why Freelancers Should #TalkPay

Why Freelancers Should #TalkPay

Would you be willing to tell me how much money you make? Would you tell the whole world? Last Friday, a Pittsburg-based programmer named Lauren Voswinkel asked the twittersphere to do just that. In an attempt to bring transparency and honest dialogue to the always taboo and increasingly controversial topic of income, she asked people […]

How I Turned My Side Job Into A Career

How to Turn a Side Job Into a Career

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fiverr in partnership with Kasai Media. All opinions are 100% mine- as is the story. Two years goes by pretty quickly. It’s funny how you can run into people with the feeling of just having seen them before realizing some 24 plus months have […]

Understanding Millennials and their Money

understanding millennials and their money

I’m standing on the last leg of my 20s and have yet to make any of the following major milestone purchases – a car, a home, a baby (not the baby itself obviously, but the significant investment that goes into having and raising it). The media might label my reluctance to adapt these traditional life […]

Is It Time for a Financial Reality Check?

Is It Time for a Financial Reality Check?

It’s been an expensive month. Between moving, covering the cost of first and last months rent on the new digs, a pricey broker fee, and the quarterly tax payment I sent off to the IRS – I’m having a bit of a spreadsheet crisis. Too many expenses — too little income. Luckily, I didn’t use […]

Frugal Foodie Fails

Frugal Foodie Fails

I go from a “maybe I should eat something” to ravenous in a matter of moments. Too long without a meal or snack can lead to an unpleasant slip into the “h”angry persona that overtakes my usual, reasonably amicable self. My metabolism induced bipolarity makes food spending a constant budget buster. That- and the fact […]