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The Art of making Money

A good friend of mine, a London-based ceramics artist, needs to find a way of making her career more financially lucrative. By many measures, she is already successful: she has attained high-profile residencies, is signed to a prestigious gallery, and is critically acclaimed. However, she’s barely making enough money to survive and is starting to question whether it is worth continuing to plough her time into a career that will leave her impoverished. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2014 - 20 answers

go to the bank, like an adult.

How can I as a poor person make myself less scary to a potential partner who has gainful employment and a career? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2014 - 28 answers

Hey, that worked out...

I'm looking for stories about 401k withdrawals made under the age of 55 that didn't lead to any regret. I'm asking this because the "sane" thing to do with 401k-s always involves NEVER touching that money until retirement. So has anyone gone off this path and found out that it actually helped them out in the long run? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2014 - 24 answers

Do I owe my ex-wife this money?

3 years after a divorce, my ex-wife is asking for money she'd contributed to our shared bank account. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2014 - 50 answers

Should I charge this project hourly, or by salary?

I'm a designer and front-end web developer who has always charged hourly. I was just offered a great part-time opportunity (20hrs/week) which pays half a salary - less than I'd be paid hourly. Please help me negotiate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Should I be panicking about my Bank of America password?

(Keeping this anonymous because I'm worried my security's compromised and don't want to make it worse.) So for about the past six weeks, the log-in process on the Bank of America site has been behaving strangely for me. When I go to the BOA site I see my online userID in the normal way and click on it. That then takes me to the sitekey confirmation page where --weirdly-- my password is now showing up in plaintext on the login page, above the sitekey image. The first time this happened it was displaying my then-current password, which I immediately logged in with and changed. Since then, every time I go to log in I see the old password in plaintext, above the sitekey. When I enter either my then-current or my actually-current password it's rejected and I need to go through the reset process before I can successfully log in. I'm not freaking out, because there's no strange activity in my accounts. But still, it's unnerving. So..... what might be going on here, and what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2014 - 15 answers

Help us weigh financial priorities.

My family's income has just increased, and we're having trouble choosing between financial priorities. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2014 - 17 answers

Is an accountant obligated to report unreported income to the IRS?

Is an accountant obligated to report unreported income to the IRS, if the conversation is not pertaining to the completion of my tax return? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Money & Anxiety

I'm 34 years old and I got lucky in my current job and have been able to generate way more income than I need. I have everything I want, am doing all that I can when it comes to retirement savings/putting money away. Two part question: 1) What else should I be doing to ensure financial stability forever? 2) Is it weird that I don't have a strong desire to go buy stuff/do stuff/spend excessively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2014 - 32 answers

In search of some intermediate financial advice.

MeFites have always been pretty good at giving basic financial advice, like how to start saving, building a budget, getting out of debt, etc. I'm there already. I find myself in the surprising situation of being comfortable these days, and I'd like to know: what's next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2014 - 13 answers

How do people find money to move out when separating or divorcing?

A asks B for a divorce. B is not surprised. B agrees, even though B would prefer to stay in an unhappy marriage rather than be branded with a scarlet D*. A wants to move out ASAP. Generally speaking, how do the financial logistics of this work? No special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Depressed & need inspiration.

I am a single mother, down in the dumps and looking for mefites for a lightbulb or maybe just a bone. I've been juggling my post-divorce financial mess, toxic workplace, toxic people all around, and I'm so tired and exhausted, I just know my six-year old and I need to be somewhere where the atmosphere is more laid back with better quality of life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Calling all Freelance/Paycheck couples...(wall o text, sorry!)

How do you budget? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Procedural/ethical question that may sound like a relationship question

This is a financial/procedural/ethical question, not a relationship question. My SO and I recently bought a house together. The loan is in SO's name, because we got a better rate that way. SO is therefore the official owner right now. Our verbal agreement upon commencing the search for a house, and what we both decided was fair, was that my name would be added to the deed after we closed. We also talked about what we'd do if we split up, and we agreed that one would buy the other out, or we'd split the money from the sale of the home (minus our individual contributions to the down payment). We've moved in, and in typical fashion, haven't gotten around to the deed bit. Actual question after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2014 - 23 answers

How do I handle destination wedding money stress?

A friend of my girlfriend's is getting married in Asia over Christmas 2014. She's planning to go, and wants me to accompany her (and, money aside, I'd like to go). She'll be upset and disappointed if I don't, and is already upset and disappointed that I'm balking. She makes enough money to afford the trip without financial contortions, and...I don't, or don't feel like I do. This is a recurring point of contention in our relationship, and, generally, I'm not sure if I'm being unreasonable, she's being unreasonable, or a little bit of both. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2014 - 58 answers

Eviction/money issues

Here is the "Question" This is a two part legal/renters rights & money question. Part 1: My roommates are late on January's rent. We have just been served a Notice of Default. Caveat: the information listed on the notice is inaccurate. Part 2:How do we come up with a solid sum of money in short time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2014 - 7 answers

How to be supportive when you're really worried about the future?

My husband is miserable at his job and would like to change. This will likely mean a cut in our income and taking on more debt for him to go to school. How can I be more supportive when I worry about the change in our financial circumstances? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2014 - 48 answers

I've moved from the US to the UK, now what to do with my money?

I've recently moved to the UK, but I still have about $160k in dollars from the sale of a house and savings. I'd like to invest this money, which is currently sitting in a US savings account, but I'm not sure if I should do so in the UK or in the US. I plan to stay here for the long-term (probably will eventually become a citizen). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Need to find a bank with amazing online security

I need to find a bank with absolutely amazing online security. Two-factor authentication is a good place to start. Bonus points for stability and good interest rates. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 19 answers

Career advice/resources for autistic adults: go!

Recently I have had to come to terms with the fact that 1) I am somewhere on the autistic spectrum and 2) I am working in a field that is not ever going to be very accommodating for me. Advice and pointers needed; secret spices, more info and toy inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2013 - 14 answers

How should I be saving for retirement?

As a lower income person, I feel like my retirement planning should be simple, but it still fills me with anxiety and uncertainty. Tell me what, if anything, I should be doing differently. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2013 - 16 answers

Trauma, Food and Money...oh my.

How would one erase or get past a childhood trauma and its effects on one's relationship with food and money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Professional jobs that require night or shift work?

My parents have always worked night shifts as a nurse at a geriatric support centre, and as a mail sorter for the post office. They make enough money. They've made their schedules work for them, and also raised 4 kids while doing so. Because of their shift work, they do get a lot of time off-- maybe working double shifts sometimes, or three 12-hour shifts in a row, but then they get 3 days off. They also tend to know their schedules a month ahead of time. I do not work well in a 9-5 M-F schedule, so I'd like to know what are other similar jobs to this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2013 - 29 answers

How do I ask for a raise in this tricky situation?

How do I negotiate a raise given an increased cost of living, lower-than-median pay, but also a list of great accomplishments and accolades? Do I present it all, just parts of the situation, or something else? I know that traditionally you just make a case for your value to the company and leave it at that, but I feel more is at play here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Elusive dreams and schemes: how to deal with artist partner and money?

I am really at a point of not knowing how to proceed. I love my family very much, my kids and my husband. But my husband is slowly driving me crazy. He is an artist -- we met in another country from where we were both born and I moved to his country. That was more than ten years ago -- lots happened: kids, health and family issues, but I started working freelance and now have a strong client list and make pretty okay money. Now I'm making most of the money for the family. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2013 - 15 answers

Found money? I hope so

I contributed money to several different 401(k)s over the last decade and I have no idea where the accounts are. Help me find my money. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2013 - 10 answers

How does one go about getting welfare?

I'm clueless as to how one goes about getting welfare. What can I expect? Is it easy to get? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Tell me why do you want to leave your job after only a month?

On paper it looks like I want to leave my job one month after I started. Due to the relationship between the last two companies I have worked for I've essentially worked for the same company for ten years. How best to explain that on a resume and in an interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2013 - 10 answers

What should my MIL do with this money to ensure a steady retirement?

After the untimely death of my soon-to-be-father-in-law, my future mother-in-law is expecting to receive a fairly large life insurance pay out. What should she do with this money to ensure a comfortable retirement without her husband? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Payday loan suggestions

I am going to get a payday loan in the amount of around $1000. (I know, with complete certainty, that I will be able to pay back the loan and interest within ten days.) Can anyone offer advice on this process, particularly online payday loans? Are there more reputable sources that I should work with? What should I watch out for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I raise money for charity without getting my husband upset?

I am running a fall marathon with a charity bib. I am about 50% of the way to my goal, but my husband is upset that I've been using social media to raise money. My partner is in a position of power at a large corporation, and some of his colleagues are personal friends of mine. He thinks that it comes off as tacky if I try to raise money as a general ask to my (more than a thousand) Facebook friends because he thinks it reflects badly on him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2013 - 54 answers

How to Purposefully Have a Bad Job Interview

I got myself into a situation where I have to go for a job interview for a customer service position at an insurance firm tomorrow. I do not want this job. For reasons I will explain inside, I cannot just say "I do not want this job." Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2013 - 58 answers

My boyfriend is really tight with money. How do I navigate this?

My partner is a tight-arse, and I hate it. Can you please help me negotiate this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2013 - 56 answers

How to recover from a major financial setback?

I lost 25+ years' worth of financial achievement, essentially overnight. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2013 - 13 answers

How can my family bar my bipolar father from access to credit?

My bipolar father will go on crazy consumer debt fueled sprees of spending / gambling. What can we do on a severely limited budget to ensure he doesn't end up homeless or otherwise in major trouble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Engagement didn't work out - but she's still on the mortgage

So I got engaged and bought a house with my fiancee. We lived together for a couple of years but it did not go well and she moved out. So I'd like to keep the house but do that I'll need to get her off the mortgage and off the deed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2013 - 23 answers

Separate or wait to see if things get better?

My husband and I have been together for 9 years, married for the last 3. We met when I was 19, and him 21. Recently I have been feeling like I might want out. I still love him, but I am not sure that he is going to change in ways which I would prefer him to. Should I tell him I want to separate or wait to see if things get better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2013 - 35 answers

Which retirement plan should I choose?

I find this comparison really confusing. I'm starting the job in August. I'm an early 30s married woman who would like to become pregnant in the next year. The contract only lasts through the end of 2014. I do want to continue on working there, but I have no idea if additional grant money will become available at that time. Which plan would you choose? Or, failing that, which are the important factors to consider?
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Getting Your Creative Motivation Back After A Long Dry Spell?

I went on a long, long break form my creative career cause I was feeling burnt out due to some failures and now I can't seem to get back into it, possibly because I no longer have a financial incentive to do so. How can I fix this? Warning: Long, super privileged person problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2013 - 18 answers

Setting up a home together– financials

Two people -- both in 40ish-- are talking about the possibility of moving in together. We are in a loving and serious long-term relationship. There has been an initial talk about how we might handle finances and we came to conclusion that there are many ways we could handle them. I read a few posts about how couples handle finances, but am looking for some more viewpoints/options for us to consider and discuss. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Healthy ways of working with financial imbalances in relationships?

I grew up in a lower-middle-class family. Through a combination of hard work, opportunity and luck, I find myself in my 30's with a very decent net worth. It's enough to allow me to feel very secure about retirement, job/career changes, health issues, supporting family, etc. and this security is probably the most important aspect of money to me. For me, money means security, safety, freedom. I maintain a very middle-class lifestyle, continue to work full-time and save at a reasonable rate. I've started to realize how much this factors into my thinking about long term relationships, especially marriage (and its attendant family joining) and financial co-mingling, and am looking for some perspectives on positive ways of managing these kinds of issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2013 - 21 answers

I'm a miser, he's a spendthrift - how do we compromise and coexist?

So, I'm with this guy, and we hope to spend the rest of our lives together. I'm a Millennial saver* and he's a Gen X spender. He has a middle class income (around 40k), and I make half of that. When it comes to our arguments, it may also be of relevance that he's a human and I'm more of a Vulcan. How do we reconcile our opposing viewpoints about finances, trust, and gadgets? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2013 - 60 answers

Answering the annoying "what do you do" question, and then some

I recently inherited enough money that will allow me to not work again. I still want to do things - volunteer, help others, keep busy, etc. How do I explain this to others and answer questions that people ask? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2013 - 54 answers

Consolidate debt with Stafford loan?

I am a "mature" student, studying at a university part time while working full time. I just learned that I qualify for a Stafford loan of about $7400. I don't need the loan to pay for classes because of my work income, but it occurred to me that I could take the loan, use it to pay off credit card debt I carry at a rate of interest more than 5 points higher than the Stafford loan rate, and then pay the Stafford loan off early. Essentially, debt consolidation using this federal loan. My questions: is this kosher? Is it wise? What I might not be thinknig about.
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2013 - 13 answers

I desperately need $300.

I think I've reached the end of my rope, credit-wise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2013 - 38 answers

Help me be better with money

I am freaking out right now because I just got two letters from collections agencies. I should have paid the bills. I know that. I just … didn’t. And I know I’m terrible with money and want to change that, but when I think about money and the giant hole of student debt that I’m in I feel like, what’s the fucking point, and I become overwhelmed with hopelessness and I shut down. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I survive a delayed paycheck when I have no savings, no credit

Being a moron, I forgot to turn in my timesheet this week. The way pay works at my company this means I might not get paid for 2 more weeks :/ How can I survive with all that budgeted money missing? What would you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2013 - 25 answers

How do I collect my small claims judgment from a wage claim?

My former employer mailed me my last paycheck almost a month after firing me, and after enduring an awkward hearing that included being scolded by her in front of a hearing officer, I ended up winning. How do I collect my money? I live in California. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2013 - 1 answer

Small claims in the US from the UK?

How can I file a small claims court claim in Philadelphia when I am in the UK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Help a single mother work, to make things work.

Hello, I am a divorced single-mother and US Army National Guard veteran. I am currently living in a bad situation and need to move away from it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2013 - 20 answers

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