In a world where it’s so easy to lose yourself in the minutiae of personal finance, one very useful exercise is to see where most of your money is going. I’ve decided to share this publicly for 2012 and show you where our family spends the big bucks. There are three big areas for us: [...]
Reimbursable expenses (expenses for which you expect to be paid back by someone else) are a double-edged sword. In theory, expenses that are reimbursable should cost you nothing–a check deposited into the bank equal to whatever burden you took on in the first place. In practice, these expenses can get tricky, cumbersome and downright frustrating to [...]
I had an experience last week that rattled me a bit. I was getting major repair work done on our beloved rental car for the first time since we bought it two years ago, and a dealer error almost cost me $106 in erroneous charges. I’ll walk you through what happened and share some tips [...]
Shopping at warehouse clubs is something that comes up a lot in the personal finance community. Readers pose questions like these often: Are the items actually cheaper? Is the membership cost worth it? What do I buy and what do I avoid? Which is better–Sam’s, Costco, BJ’s or (insert yours here)? I’d like to share [...]
Alyssa wonders how to effectively keep money separate for couples who live together but don’t share finances. I share my top 10 tips for making it work.