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Is the commute worth it?

My boss is asking me to take on a long commute for no additional compensation. Is this reasonable? Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by cosmologinaut on Sep 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Too much, yet never enough: residual anxiety over spending

There was a time in my childhood when my family was poor. Our situation improved as I grew up. But I must've somehow picked up this anxiety about things such as food and clothing. It doesn't exactly interfere with my life, but it can be a waste of mental energy and makes things a bit less enjoyable. Do you have any suggestions for me? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on May 15, 2014 - 18 answers

How to divide expenses?

When you make about the same, it's easy. When one person makes all the money, it's easy. What to do when there is a marked disparity between what two people in a couple earn? [more inside]
posted by expense-division on Apr 29, 2014 - 54 answers

Non-depreciation cost of owning a car?

My fiancee and I are thinking about buying a new or new-ish Toyota Matrix, but it's apparently really hard to get an accurate picture of how much it costs to own and operate a car that doesn't include depreciation. Any suggestions or insight? [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Apr 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Family reunion too expensive - should we go or not?

My grandmother turns 90 years old this year. To celebrate, her daughters decided that the whole family, spread out across most of the country, should all get together in Branson, MO for a week. This is going to be a very expensive trip. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2014 - 20 answers

Freelance / self-employed tax deduction for reimbursed travel expenses?

Can a freelance / self-employed person (filing Schedule C) deduct from her taxes the cost of business travel (airfare, lodging) that she was later reimbursed for? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Feb 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Can I deduct training costs as tax deductible?

If I paid back an employer for training costs and business expenses related to the training - are these tax deductible? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Jan 4, 2014 - 2 answers

Can I legally get work to pay my rent?

So I've done the math, and if my job pays me $750 a month less, and uses that money to pay my rent, I actually end up about $150 ahead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2013 - 24 answers

Lawyer's fees for a week far away from home

What would be a realistic and reasonable bill to expect from a US attorney whom you asked to travel long haul (think China) to work with a client for a week? What about a UK solicitor travelling to Australia? Assume when they get there they will put in a 35 hour week. On the travel expenses front, would business class be typically expected when travelling long haul? I know there'll be a range, but would be interested to hear estimates for mid-size and large firms.
posted by pines on Nov 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Flat Broke and Out of Options

I lost my job, am having trouble finding a new one, am running out of freelance jobs, have $60 in my bank account, and don't know where to go from here. What on earth is my next step? Please help me think. [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart on Oct 15, 2013 - 42 answers

I can't afford financial counseling and I can't afford not to have it

Is there such thing as a financial coach for someone in a low-middle income level? If so, where can I find this person? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jun 5, 2013 - 21 answers

How can I minimize the cost of moving my family across the country?

My wife and two kids (and our two cats) and I may soon need to move from Maryland to Seattle. What's the cheapest way that we can move ourselves and our stuff across the country? [more inside]
posted by mboszko on May 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Is there a shared expenses app that works across phones?

There are lots of shared expenses apps out there, but I've had a hard time finding one that lets multiple people enter their expenses into the same group group. This is what I mean: several roommates share group expenses. On their respective phones, they have an app that lets them punch in any expense they've incurred. It goes to the same group, and then you can calculate who owes whom. This seems simple, but I'm having trouble finding this feature!
posted by jtajta on Mar 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Should I find an apartment without seeing it in person?

I am trying to find an apartment in a city across the country in the U.S., before moving there. I am unable to see the apartment/roommates in person before moving, because I am trying to leave my abusive family and can't let on to them that I am leaving (Here is that backstory.). So, I will be doing the one-way ticket plan. I am having difficulty finding an apartment without seeing it first, as people prefer to meet potential roommates in person and when I mention to them that I can't see it in person (and suggest Skyping or videochatting to meet each other/see the apartment) I have had limited success so far and am wondering if I am coming across as a Craigslist creep. Is this the right strategy? Is it a numbers game, and I should just keep trying? Or, should I just fly there first and then find a place? Thanks for any advice. [more inside]
posted by new_horizons_new_life on Feb 4, 2013 - 38 answers

How do you go back to school... with bills to pay?

How do you go back to school as a 'mature' student - with bills to pay? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Jan 1, 2013 - 19 answers

Coffee is a work expense because it just is

What, if any, are some good free legal resources for those wanting to understand how ssd counts work expenses? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Dec 10, 2012 - 1 answer

Family budgeting for people who LOVE spreadsheets.

Household finances: My SO and I have started to give ourselves "allowances" to put an outer limit on our discretionary spending. Have you done something similar? What did and didn't work? Any thoughts on the specific questions inside? [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) on Sep 12, 2012 - 23 answers

First go to the courthouse, then boil water

What legal bits and bobs does it take to start up a hot dog stand and/or street vendor type business? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Sep 7, 2012 - 18 answers

Price benchmaks

What are your benchmark items for determining if a store is expensive or not? [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord on Aug 28, 2012 - 38 answers

The Iceman Wondereth

How much is an ice cube from my fridge worth? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Aug 23, 2012 - 14 answers

I want to generate some stats on my monthly spending

I'm interested in calculating monthly expenses. What's the best way of doing this, keeping in mind security concerns? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jun 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Home based business tax write offs when you don't own the home

Can you write off renovations to your home on your taxes for a home based business if you don't own or rent the residence? [more inside]
posted by blubutterfly on Apr 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Recovering expense funds from former employer

Legal advice on recovering expenses from my former company that doesn't want to pay? [more inside]
posted by unrulychild on Feb 9, 2012 - 9 answers

American (Express) Hegemony?

Why is the corporate credit card space seemingly dominated by American Express? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Nov 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Organizing savings goals

Looking for an online savings account or an elegant non-spreadsheet method to track my savings goals. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Nov 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Riding the great material continuum.

Is there public data which shows average amount of money spent on various expenses for an average sized family (food, taxes, mortgage, car, stock investments, etc.) based on income? [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Oct 13, 2011 - 4 answers

How much agains?!?

[Average Bill Question] Soon to be moving out on my own. Trying to figure out average monthly costs of things. More of course after the fold. [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Oct 5, 2011 - 7 answers

I project that we will bankrupt ALL OF SCIENCE by 2013

Need budget/bookkeeping software recommendations. Difficulty: Mac-compatible. Additional difficulty: It's for projecting/tracking expenses for NIH/NSF-awarded grants in an academic setting. Inside I give a list of requirements (most of which aren't grant-specific) and you tell me what software packages can accomplish 'em. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Sep 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Conflicting visions

Who should pay for my stepdaughter's glasses? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Jun 29, 2011 - 51 answers

How much can I expect to spend in two weeks at the Bahamas?

How much can I expect to spend in two weeks at the Bahamas? [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust on Apr 17, 2011 - 3 answers

I don't want to rack up another cars worth of debt for grad school!

[Grad-school filter] - I am starting a Masters of Public Administration this Summer, special questions inside. [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Jan 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Money Pit 2: More Banks, Less Hanks.

Can someone explain to me how buying residential real estate in a major/expensive U.S. metropolitan area makes any sense whatsoever? I'm really not seeing it right now (and yet I would love to join the landed gentry). [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 4, 2011 - 45 answers

A Van Down By The River

My wife and I live in an expensive (by non-NYC standards) NYC apartment. Recently, lamenting how much of our salary went down the rent drain, we wondered if we could save money by living in a van. (This is a thought experiment. We're not really planning on doing it.) Is this feasible economically? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Nov 20, 2010 - 53 answers

Budgeting for an unpredictable income

I realized shortly after asking this question that I should have made it more directly about how to budget with an irregular, unpredictable (freelance) income. [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman on Nov 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Calorie counter for my wallet

I'd love to get a handle on my money the same way I'm getting a handle on my eating. I've been using Fatsecret and its corresponding Android app for several weeks now to lose weight...and it's working! I think the reasons it works for me are A) it forces me to eat consciously; I know I will be entering the calories, so instead of scarfing eight cookies, I'm counting so I can enter the right amount in Fatsecret later, B) It's simple (takes only a moment to choose a food, dropdown menu for portion, barcode scanner/can enter food anywhere with app; I don't have to think about when, what, how often to eat), C) It's almost like a game (Hey, only 74% of allotted calories today! Woo!) I want something like that for money. [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman on Nov 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Why can't I win even if I win?

When you "win" an argument with your spouse, it's not really winning, or is it? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Sep 17, 2010 - 47 answers

Needed: Post-Summertime Eligible Dependent Care Expense Ideas

YNMA, obviously... wife and I overestimated our dependent care expenses this year...by a lot. I have to come up with valid expenses, for the remainder of 2010, that we can occur to cover 3K remaining in our account. Any ideas? We did the camp thing this summer, but ended up not signing up for a few of them from our original budget. Our son is in kindergarten at a private school, so we're past the time we can pay for tuition out of this account. PLEASE HELP!!!! Thanks mefite nation!!!
posted by littleredwagon on Aug 30, 2010 - 14 answers

Don't Buy Me Love,Pay My Rent

How can I politely but effectively ask my significant other for financial help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2010 - 46 answers

Which of these travel expenses should pay myself?

Help me decide which of these travel expenses are mine and which my organization should pay. [more inside]
posted by Fiery Jack on Jun 20, 2010 - 14 answers

Film Production Expense Report Suggestions?

What's a good tool for keeping track of expenses on a film production? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Mar 25, 2010 - 2 answers

London Loner

London, UK living arrangements. Help me sort out the options and get settled! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me settle for some invoicing/trip tracking software

I'm trying to start 2010 with a decent software strategy in place for tracking travel, projects, invoices, and expenses. 2009's technique was an Excel spreadsheet so there's lots of room for improvement. My picky/nerdy requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Dec 29, 2009 - 10 answers

Cost of Living in South Africa

Is USD$1,800/month enough to live comfortably in South Africa? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Deflated by inflation

[Economics101Filter] How is it that the cost of living can go up, but salaries stay the same? Economics n00b questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 - 27 answers

They paid, now should I?

Can I expense these plane tickets or should I pay for them myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Education tax credit - can we claim it twice for two students?

Can more than one student filing on the same US tax return claim the new American Opportunity Tax Credit? [more inside]
posted by deadmessenger on Aug 16, 2009 - 1 answer

Is there a sane way to batch-convert a year of expenses from one currency to another in Excel?

Excel n00b filter: Is there a way to automatically convert an expense sheet from one currency to another by matching the date the cost was incurred with the exchange rate applicable on that specific day? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno on May 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Yeah, great timing, I know.

I'm an artsworker trainee who's also in the early stages of starting a new small business. I've been jobhunting like crazy but nothing's happened yet. I need to cover my living expenses. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Cost benefits of city living

What are some things (items, services, etc) that are cheaper in major cities than in suburban areas? [more inside]
posted by JaredSeth on Jan 15, 2009 - 25 answers

Who blinks first

My employer, a publicly traded company incorporated in Delaware, is dragging its feet reimbursing me for about 5k in expense reports. I live and work in Calif. The reason for this is a genral company-wide liquidity problem. I don't expect my employment to last much more than a few mos more. What recourse do i have to get reimbursed?
posted by Fupped Duck on Dec 23, 2008 - 9 answers

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