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How do I decide how much money to spend on convenience?

Since getting a high-paying job, I've discovered that paying for convenience or wants instead of needs actually makes me feel bad. I'd like to get around that. [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Mar 30, 2015 - 39 answers

In desperate need for a step-by-step rescue plan

My life has been in constant turmoil for a while now, and the end is nigh... [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Mar 28, 2015 - 19 answers

Is the budget red or black?

I've got the job. Now I have to navigate the paycheck/loans/benefits/retirement... Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette Fantoche on Mar 28, 2015 - 10 answers

TIme to go

Time to move out, my friends. I realized I'm being threatened to be disowned again. However, unlike the other times I think the other person might be serious this time around. So tell me about all the resources needed and how fast can I leave? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Mar 28, 2015 - 26 answers

Do I give back a lot of money that no one will ever ask for?

$40,000 was deposited in my bank account last week, and it's not mine. I've figured out that it was tax money owed to my old employer (from 2013) but they never claimed it so the tax office waited until now and forwarded it to me. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2015 - 32 answers

Your best savings/couponing hacks

As a former couponing machine, I'm looking to learn some of the most current trends and easiest ways to get back into the savings and reward-earnings game. I'm NOT looking for general frugality or budgeting tips. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Mar 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Best web sites / banks in NJ to use to get pre approved for a home loan?

Looking to get pre approved for a home loan as a first step. Could you recommend a few good banks & web sites. The home purchase would be in central NJ. Would prefer to get this done over the phone / online. What is typically considered a good interest rate for someone with very good credit these days?
posted by r2d2 on Mar 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Coax a Friend Back From Disaster

My friend is embarking on a potentially disastrous business idea. Should I try to dissuade him? How do I do that tactfully, without sabotaging our relationship? [more inside]
posted by seinwave on Mar 22, 2015 - 25 answers

On a scale of 1-10, how much of a bad decision would this be?

My two best options for completing an extended trip to Germany for career development purposes have not panned out. How ridiculous would it be to consider trying to make it there on my own? [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Mar 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Can I touch this money before she goes into the Great Beyond?

From what I know, the trust says no, but do I have any recourse if I want to use the money for an important life event? How about an interest free loan? I have no idea who to even ask. A few snowflakes after the jump... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Net income seems WAY off (in Ontario, Canada)

I've just finished doing my Canadian taxes using Turbotax. The net income calculated by inputting my T4 is higher than what I actually netted (calculated using excel + mint) by about $8000. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2015 - 11 answers

How do single low-income / working-class Canadians save for the future?

Hello all. I am a low-income mid-30s Canadian living alone, no dependents. Advice from bank staff and popular internet blogs confuse me and don't make sense in my world (e.g. ensure an 8-10% return - but how do I do that without jeopardizing my future if I retire in a decade the investment does poorly). I feel some investments I made were silly but am not sure if I am paranoid. Please suggest good directions to explore. I will give specifics about my situation below, with my specific question in the last paragraph. [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on Mar 16, 2015 - 20 answers

And I thought money was hard when we didn't have it.

We’re unexpectedly inheriting a house and we have a week to decide what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2015 - 21 answers

Best location for emergency funds

I am in the market for a new home for my emergency savings. My current bank is a joke and I need some consistency so my money doesn't become nomadic. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Mar 10, 2015 - 18 answers

Help me figure out what to charge this high maintenance client

I am a freelance consultant and I have a client who is especially high maintenance. She sends a lot of emails, asks a million questions, changes her mind occasionally, etc. I worked with her on a couple projects soon after starting my business a year ago and now she would like to do two more big projects with me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2015 - 12 answers

What do when living a meaningful life is expensive?

I am struggling with the lack of meaning and purpose in my life lately and, consequently, with my Computer Science coursework. I am feeling somewhat depressed, winter blues, etc., but I feel like I am going the wrong direction with my life and I have had that nagging feeling ever since I started at school again. I took this path to raise money for pursuing future studies in Psychology, but it has been a huge struggle so far. What should I do? (Further details inside.) [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Mar 1, 2015 - 19 answers

Recommended Books on Financial Planning?

My wife and I are looking for a good book to help us make some better financial plans. We had our first child in the past year and my wife will finish graduate school and start a job in a few months. Accordingly, we'd like to redo our financial plans, and we'd like a book to help guide us. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Feb 28, 2015 - 4 answers

Setting a budget when no longer employed and living off capital

I have the equivalent of 18 months' salary in hand and am planning to live on it as long as I can whilst pursuing my writing plans. How can I best manage my spending? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2015 - 18 answers

Trip cancellation etiquette amongst friends

What's the commonly acceptable etiquette on reimbursing someone when you back out of a trip? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Feb 27, 2015 - 40 answers

What do you wish you had asked or known when meeting your realtor?

Buying our first home, I'm would like to go with a buyer agent and have our first meeting set with one Saturday. I'm turning to the hive mind for your tip, tricks, questions, and other things you wish you would have done or found helpful during meeting with your realtor. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Feb 26, 2015 - 17 answers

What is the best way to transfer money from Mexico to the US?

I have a close friend (in Mexico) who bought a second-hand guitar from me. We are trying to figure out a good way for her to make payments to me (in the US). Paypal seems convenient. Western Union does this sort of thing, I think. Has anyone done the research to let us know how to do this with the least transaction fees/overhead? Maybe bank-to-bank transfer or something? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Feb 22, 2015 - 4 answers

California unemployment now or later?

I just got laid off at work (position eliminated) and need to file for unemployment/EDD. Three complicating factors: Wedding, severance and a freelance gig. Need advice on timing. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Feb 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Let go of the company or keep the company?

Started a new company with my partner based on an idea that I had. But now im giving it up to help build up my other company and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by red47Apple on Feb 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Why do I owe so much in taxes?

I made less than 30K last year and owe almost 2K in taxes (federal and state). What gives? I'm guessing this is a problem with withholding from multiple jobs but I don't understand what exactly happened or how to fix it. Please use small words. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Feb 19, 2015 - 28 answers

How do I convince myself to buy a car?

I car share with my former partner. How do I get myself to buy my own car? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Feb 14, 2015 - 25 answers

New job, new budget, yay!/halp?

I'm about to make more money than I ever have before. Help me figuring out saving and investing. [more inside]
posted by sockity sock on Feb 14, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I stop beating myself up about this financial mistake and fix it?

So, in an attempt to get our financial lives in order in some very basic and fundamental ways (making a budget, sticking to it, identifying priorities, making sense of our retirement funds and plans) my husband and I went to a recommended financial planner. She was not one of these lauded "fee-only" financial planners but she came recommended by numerous people in my expanded social circle so we gave her a shot. While there were many positive things that came out of this, we did something that I am still very unsure about other than feeling certain that we made an utterly idiotic mistake. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Feb 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Westside LA and tax advice

Our taxes this year are complicated by a number of factors, like getting married and dealing with the paperwork from three states. Turbotax is not going to give us the advice we need, so we would like to hire a professional for this round. We also may need professional financial advice in the future, so if the person or firm also offers those services that would be a bonus, but not essential. Anywhere in the Westside would work, though we are also willing to go further out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Who should I be talking to?

My wife and I have a rental property, and it's basically one headache after another - and worse, it's costing us money every month. I need help! But I'm not sure where to go for sound advice. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Feb 4, 2015 - 9 answers

Is it sensible to restore/upgrade a car in the long run?

In October 2014 I bought my first car – a used 2003 Audi A4 3.0 convertible – and despite being in excellent condition, there is some work I'd like to have done on it in the future, but is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Feb 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Tales of frugal & thrifty inspiration

As I work to pay down my debt, while simultaneously learning how to better enjoy life without spending money, I am always in search of essays and books that demonstrate the same: a life well-lived that isn't dependent on having much (if any) money. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Feb 2, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me figure out what to do?

So I have a job, and I work freelance design on the side. Due to several circumstances in the past month, I have less than half of this month's rent and the direct withdrawal of the rent is scheduled for tomorrow morning. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Feb 1, 2015 - 18 answers

How to encourage a 9-year-old's charitable nature?

I was incredibly touched to learn that my goddaughter has decided that in lieu of a birthday party she's inviting all of her guests to a local book repository to sort, sticker, and bag books destined for low-income families. I love this and want to do something for her birthday to help encourage more of this kind of thing in the future. Help me choose from some options or suggest something else: [more inside]
posted by eamondaly on Jan 30, 2015 - 30 answers

One life-changing experience, please.

I've read a lot about saving money for experiences rather than things. What are some experiences that are absolutely worth saving up for? [more inside]
posted by elisse on Jan 29, 2015 - 49 answers

Parents want to give me money, how to reduce tax burden? UK edition.

My parents are about to inherit a reasonable amount of money. They want to give my brother and I a lump sum of around £20000 each. If they just transfer the money to us what happens about tax? Is there a way to minimise the amount of tax to be paid? You are not my solicitor or financial advisor etc etc. I'll take advice but would like an understanding before I do. Thanks!
posted by chr on Jan 20, 2015 - 9 answers

What is an operating budget?

I recently asked someone at work for our operating budget for the purpose of registering for software discounts. I was given a number and it didn't quite make sense to me. I think that there may be at least two definitions of 'operating budget'. The workplace in question is a 501c(3) non-profit if that changes the definition. What would be tallied to make up the operating budget?
posted by sciencegeek on Jan 19, 2015 - 5 answers

How can I responsibly send $ and items (books, music cds) to a prisoner?

I have a pen pal in Angola (Louisiana State Penitentiary) to whom I'd like to send money and items (books, cds). I've used JPay and they charge a fee, and then Angola takes 50% of the money after that. When I mail him CDs, books, they must be new and they cannot contain explicit content. Even after I followed these rules, he didn't receive a book until months after it had arrived. Has anyone written up strategies for navigating this bureaucracy? Do any mefites have personal experience with this that they're willing to share?
posted by yaymukund on Jan 17, 2015 - 13 answers

I know it's my mom's money to spend but...

Today my Mom and I sat through a Rainbow vacuum cleaner sales pitch for 2 hours and ultimately she decided to buy one for $3,000. Throughout the pitch, she kept asking me what i thought and i gave her my opinion several times that it wasn't worth it and we had other places we could spend the money that might have higher priority. She's a widow in her 60's and i think she just wanted permission from someone else to buy it. [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog on Jan 17, 2015 - 20 answers

How to negotiate with a friend?

I am miserable at negotiating and making deals involving money. An acquaintance of mine has some used equipment through his work that I could use. He offered to sell it to me cheap, and invited me to come down and take a look at what he has and make an offer on it. He said because it's works, he has to sell it, but he can give me a really good deal. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jan 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Six figures in 3 to 5 years

My friend wants a new career. The only requirement is that said job makes tons of money. What should she aim for? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Jan 16, 2015 - 41 answers

Car dealership majorly screwing me over -- help!

MeFites, I'm 26/f and know squat about car repairs, except to know that I'm too broke to keep paying for the same problem to be fixed multiple times. Dealerships are evil. Let's discuss. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Jan 14, 2015 - 19 answers

Disagreements about money negatively impacting our marriage, what to do

We are having some issues related to money and it is negatively impacting our marriage. I am thinking about therapy but our issues seem so minor compared to many others. Should we seek counseling? LONG snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2015 - 46 answers

Best and easiest digital payment system for an outdoor market?

People hate cash. I need to reluctantly enter the world of swiping cards and tapping phones in order to continue making a living. Help! [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jan 4, 2015 - 25 answers

Need new income stream

What kind of business can I run that could bring me $30k + per year after expenses? [more inside]
posted by jseven on Dec 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Retail manager monkey wants out but needs money.

I am a high-level store manager for a retail chain which, in general, does good for the world. Up until now, that's been enough to satisfy my need to do something meaningful with my life while also making decent money. It's just not cutting it anymore. Help me figure out something that will. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Everyday jobs that you've found fun and enjoyable... part 2.

4 years ago mtphoto posted a great question. I really liked some of the answers you gave him then, but I also have a few more questions to add. [more inside]
posted by divina_y_humilde on Dec 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Cheapest way to send money?

What is the cheapest way to transfer money to a friend who is currently in the Middle East? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Dec 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Creative ideas for turning time into money

I'm a poverty-stricken grad student writing a dissertation. I want to use what free time I have to supplement my income. Ideas please. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Dec 23, 2014 - 31 answers

Generating Income with a Property.

Anyone have any creative ways to generate income with a property other then renting or selling it? This is a multi-million dollar property I am in possession of, but can't sell or rent. It's located in NJ about 30 minutes from NYC.
posted by MrLLG on Dec 19, 2014 - 15 answers

I have £200k cash, homeless, aimless, what should I do with it?

I'm currently homeless, bumming around Europe aimlessly. I am lucky enough to have a bit of cash, £200k UK. But no idea what to do with it. Sorry if this is an annoying question to some... [more inside]
posted by molloy on Dec 17, 2014 - 18 answers

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