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I need a cross between a financial advisor and a therapist.

Having lived in the Bay Area "bubble" for many years, being reasonably (but not enormously) successful, and coming into middle age, I find myself more and more confused by the economic and social realities of how things are. I need a guide. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Is Sr. Citizen Bankruptcy a Good "Why Not" Idea?

My mother is 80 years old and has good credit but wonders if she'll ever use it (or even if anyone would allow her a major purchase that would require a loan/credit, considering her age/income/lack of any savings or assets, which seems unlikely from her experience). Her income is (not much) fixed social security and could qualify her for bankruptcy. She could wipe out $200/month of credit card payments with a BK without affecting her house (she co-owns with a sis), and she could keep (not declare) a credit card for emergencies. Are there possible downsides to BK? Or is it a clear-cut case of more income for her senior years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Should I tell my girlfriend about my savings?

Should [or when should] I tell my girlfriend about my savings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2014 - 56 answers

How much do they need to know?

We have two kids who are 12 and 14. From an emotional/psychological standpoint, how much or how little should they know about some minor, but real financial difficulties that we have as parents? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jul 1, 2014 - 33 answers

Remembrance of Financial Catastrophes Past

Asking on behalf of a friend (let's call her "Liz"): can a credit restoration company help fix a credit report with multiple charge-offs? If not, what CAN be done? Sadly drifting swirls of bleak gray snowflakes within... [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jun 24, 2014 - 9 answers

How Much Does this Job Have to Pay to Maintain Quality of Life in SF?

I am considering a job offer that would relocate me from Washington, D.C. (an expensive place), to San Francisco (an even more expensive place). I'm trying to get an idea of how much of a bump in salary I'd need in order to make the move worthwhile. [more inside]
posted by Creamroller on Jun 20, 2014 - 21 answers

more money more cash more chilling

I'm having trouble keeping my finances organized for tax purposes. Special considerations: renting out a property, medical expenses. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Jun 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me find ways to make more money

I am unable to work because of disability. I collect SSDI and while I get food stamps, I only get $17/month, which doesn't go very far. Since I went on SSDI in 2010, I've tried various ways to supplement my income, but I have yet to come up with anything reliable. Budgeting is not the problem; there simply isn't enough money. Plus, it would be nice to improve my quality of life even a little bit. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jun 1, 2014 - 20 answers

How do I insure a newborn on short notice?

We just found out the baby we're having any day now is probably not eligible for medical care at birth on her mother's insurance plan. Help! [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on May 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Administrative assistant? Bookkeeper? 1 day a month? I hate paperwork

Ok, I went freelance about 4 years ago…and it’s been great. My problem is this: I spend time avoiding paperwork. I have a small set of tasks that someone could do. I’d like to hire someone for (at the least) handling invoicing and collections. What/who am I looking for? Is that a bookkeeper? [more inside]
posted by Towelie on May 19, 2014 - 10 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

YANMFA but.. be my financial advisor

I need help figuring out where to put my money now that I got a raise and finished graduate school. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Best way for a UK citizen to manage money and cellphones in Europe?

I'm a Canadian/UK citizen living in London and I'm going travelling in Europe for three months. What's the best way for me to manage my money/cell phone plan while I travel? Requirements and details over the fold. [more inside]
posted by Cpt. The Mango on May 9, 2014 - 6 answers

How Can I Afford My Career Change?

How do I make my financial situation work? Late 20-something living in Chicago trying to financially survive a career change. Tons of details here, but any ideas, suggestions, or help would be so appreciated. [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on Apr 26, 2014 - 17 answers

Investing for Beginners?

My brother and I recently found out that we are collectively receiving $220,000 from our father's estate (he passed away four years ago when we were both in our early 20s). We were advised to invest in some more profitable stocks and were given a list by a financial advisor, but neither of us have a clue how to begin making these types of decisions. Does anyone know any good (free) online resources to start learning the basics of investing and choosing a diverse portfolio? I've been wanting to develop financial acumen for some time now and I guess this is a good opportunity to start, but I don't want to make any mistakes. Any advice? Many thanks!
posted by desert_laundry on Apr 23, 2014 - 35 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

Please help me organize my investments and finances! (401k Rollover!)

Need help deciding what to do with my investment finances, including rolling over my prior Co. 401k rollover. I hold 2 401ks, 1 Roth IRA and I'm planning maybe on an index Fund. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Mar 18, 2014 - 8 answers

The things we should have discussed ahead of time

My 72-year-old mother has been in the ICU for a week, and it's 50-50 on whether she'll pull through or die. I'm struggling to be a responsible adult about the whole thing. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Mar 13, 2014 - 22 answers

Will this affect my credit?

I have near perfect credit. I only use my Discover card that I have rewards on and pay off the balance every month. I do have a credit card from a credit union that I never use. I just received a letter in the mail that stated that the credit union credit card is about to expire and won't be reissued due to inactivity. Will this affect my credit? If I don't care about the card, should I just let it "die"? Thanks
posted by kbbbo on Mar 7, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I go about job-seeking effectively?

I am a 25-year-old woman and a recent college graduate (just earned my Master’s in English in December). I’m looking for higher education administrative jobs in the area: basically, to be an admissions counselor, financial aid counselor, academic advisor, and the like. There are a few concerns on my mind about the process. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Feb 28, 2014 - 7 answers

What is a reasonable contribution from a daughter who lives at home?

Daughter, 23, lives with me. She has had mental health struggles and doesn't feel ready to live alone or with roommates. I'm sure she will someday, but probably not within the next year or even two. She's doing great now. She completed a certificate program and has a full-time job at entry level pay, which will increase with experience. How much is a reasonable financial contribution to the household? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2014 - 30 answers

Help me help my kid

Kid BlahLaLa, an enormously charming, wonderful and sweet 10-year-old boy, is also greedy as all get-out. Help me find ways to open his eyes about his/our incredible good fortune so he can get his birthday present request list into proportion. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 11, 2014 - 49 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

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

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

What happens in Vegas...

I have recently been diagnosed with a serious health condition which means after a few months I might not be able to go on holiday for many years. I want to go on Holiday and my bf doesn't. DTMF? [more inside]
posted by krisb1701d on Jan 8, 2014 - 41 answers

Can I afford to take out a mortgage?

I make about $46,000 in Seattle, WA. Monthly take-home pay, excluding overtime which automatically goes into a savings account, is $2,800. I have no debts and no significant non-optional recurring expenses. At some point in the next few months, I will have about $150,000 in cash after splitting the equity in a home that is being sold. Assuming that I can put that amount toward a down payment, can I afford a mortgage? Before I contact my lender, is it even wise for me to take one out? I've been looking at a few suitable homes in North Seattle priced at or below $275,000. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2013 - 15 answers

Athletic Sponsorship?

How does an athlete go about getting a sponsorship as an adult competitor (mid 20s) in an expensive but not popular (relative to something like basketball, ie signed/contract athlete) sport? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Dec 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Banking error?

I deposited $200 cash into my checking account today and requested that the teller push the funds through so they would be posted today and I could use them on Monday. This evening, I checked my online banking statement and I had two deposits and an available balance totaling $200 more than expected. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Nov 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Help Me Figure Out the Best Finanacial Strategy

I'm unexpectedly broke. How do I get cash to use now, and a way to pay tuition and living expenses soon -- with the least risk of ending up in this situation again? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Nov 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Is this what "being the breadwinner" means?

What strategies can I use to convince my husband to more openly discuss our household finances with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2013 - 49 answers

We're fine, mom

(stop worrying about my husband's employment) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2013 - 17 answers

There's still time to elope and pocket the difference

It's time for us to start spending money for our wedding. How do we do this? [more inside]
posted by SeparateAccountForWeddingQuestions on Nov 4, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I learn to budget and reduce my debt?

I'm living with just shy of $50,000 of debt. That's actually pretty crazy to say. $18k of it is credit card debt. $22k of it is owed to the IRS (terrible decisions while freelancing). It was recently down to $20k, but I missed one of my monthly $500 schedule payments so I got hit with a sizable penalty. The rest of it is a Sallie Mae student loan. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2013 - 35 answers

How can I help my parents with their retirement planning?

I am helping my parents plan their retirement by looking into possible cities and/or communities for them to settle. My father has worked in NYC for the duration of his professional career and wants to retire somewhere in the Northeast. After much internet research but very little progress, he wants to spend Sun-Tues (Oct. 13-Oct. 15) driving around DE, MD, PA, and northern VA to scope out possible areas. I have been asked to accompany him on this trip but I want to create some structure around the trip to avoid simply driving around aimlessly. [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered on Oct 11, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I ensure this project is taxed properly?

I'm doing a website project for a local musician, but I need to make sure it's "above board" as far as the IRS is concerned. How do I proceed? 1099 forms, etc? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Oct 8, 2013 - 3 answers

What's your favorite credit card?

I am (finally) shopping for a credit card and I want something with cash back and/or airline rewards. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Oct 1, 2013 - 26 answers

Selling my car without getting any money.. How to protect myself?

For reasons that were mutually beneficial at face value, I sold my car to my SO's parent. However, therein lies the problem.. any way to get myself in a better situation than the one I've inadvertently gotten myself into without realizing the full ramifications of my decision? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Sep 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Will somebody else care for my money like I will?

How do I select a money manager, financial planner or investment advisor? [more inside]
posted by rglass on Sep 3, 2013 - 8 answers

How to find an advisor for international personal finance issues?

How can I find a fee based financial adviser with expertise in international situations for personal banking, investing, retirement saving and tax planning? I am a Canadian expat, former UK resident, and immigrant to America (living in Chicago) and will have income and retirement savings coming from multiple countries and uncertainty about where I will ultimately end up. How can I find someone who can help me with my particular situation?
posted by srboisvert on Aug 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Referrals for Real Estate Lawyer or similar near Las Vegas?

A good friend owns an underwater house in a suburb of Las Vegas. Payments are current and house is in good shape. The friend reported that a similar home in the development recently sold for several thousand (something like $50-80k) less than his current mortgage. If I can provide referrals to knowledgeable local people so he can get good, sensible information on his options, that would be a huge help. [more inside]
posted by Kpele on Aug 29, 2013 - 0 answers

How to help aging parents financially

My sibling and I (in our 40s) live in the same city; our parents (in their 70s) live in a nearby state. They are retired and in financial dire straits, due largely to various ill-advised decisions they made over the course of several decades. We need to figure out how we can help them in a way we can all live with. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2013 - 11 answers

i need better resources for dealing with debt in ontario.

I have some bad consumer debt from a period when I was un- and under- employed. I contacted two different professionals for help in sorting it out, and as far as I can tell, they both gave me terrible advice. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Aug 20, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I establish an account for a small, informal organization?

I'm taking over the reins of a small, amateur sports team. Our budget is under $5,000/year, mostly donations solicited from sponsors. How do I manage this money? [more inside]
posted by entropone on Aug 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Am I being too cheap and not rewarding myself enough every now and then?

During the past 4 years, I was working part-time (23-30 hours a week) at an optical department in JcPenny. Other than a 10 minute drive from home/school, the pay was not great as to be expected within the retail sector. I was thankfully laid-off in early March and came across another gig that was 40 hours a week with benefits to boot & making $3 more a hour. Now I'm making twice the income in a month's time. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Aug 18, 2013 - 18 answers

Dollar bills, y'all

Piggybacking on this question: I've had several friends who have had success with Dave Ramsey/FPU, but I don't like the emphasis on "biblical principles" (among other things). But because we get easily overwhelmed by too many options, I think we'd benefit from a really specific financial program that tells us exactly what to do, step by step. Other suggestions, or should we just suck it up and, uh, go with God? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jul 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Laid off from work, cashing out my 401k

Hey everyone, I read some other threads in regards to 401k but it seems like the audience is divided. My recent company (industry giant who laid off 8000 employees and gave our jobs to folks in India) has laid me off and I need to cash out my 401k. I am wondering who has experience with this as of the past year or two? I live in Mass so Fidelity says I will have to take out 20% out of my total sum for taxes but they didn't say anything about a penalty. My amount is less than $11,000 and I want to use some of it to start my own agency. Has anyone cashed out their 401k and if so, was there a penalty? PS. Please spare me the 'noo dont cash out, its a bad idea' -- I'm knee deep in $115k for student loans and my life could not get worse and more complicated so I'm confident cashing this crap out is my only way out to some sanity and inner peace. Thanks!
posted by bostonhill on Jun 19, 2013 - 17 answers

Recently rich, unsure what to do with the bucks

I never had any money. Now I have $600,000. Help me not squander it (and maybe even beat inflation). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2013 - 26 answers

What kind of financial advisor do we need?

As we discuss our future together, and with other big changes afoot/underway, my boyfriend and I would like to see financial advice about some specific questions/scenarios but I'm not sure what kind of advisor we should be seeking out. [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Jun 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Do we need a prenuptial agreement? If so, what might we want it to say?

Long-time couple finally getting married, and we think we might want a prenuptial agreement. What should we know about the practical aspects of creating and adhering to a premarital agreement? Same-sex couple in Massachusetts, more snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2013 - 14 answers

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