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Negotiating money with neighbors...

I recently transitioned from classroom teaching to working at home - I miss kiddo time. I offered to babysit the neighbor's kids and now I'm running into a small issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Relatives making bad financial decisions—can I wash my hands of them?

Some close, older relatives make terrible financial decisions, and are unwilling to stop. My wife and I are liable to wind up financially responsible for them when the money runs out in a few years. How can we wash our hands of this situation (or can we)? [more inside]
posted by waldo on Nov 30, 2015 - 27 answers

Accepting Recurring Payments and Subscriptions on a Budget

I'm researching how to easily offer recurring payments/subscriptions on services I provide (software support). Thought I'd just use PayPal, but dragons seem to be just below the surface. Help! [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat on Nov 30, 2015 - 8 answers

It's for Mister Macintosh - The Ethics of a Blank Check

I have been given a blank check by my good friend's parents as a wedding gift, and I have not the slightest clue what I'm supposed to do with it. [more inside]
posted by Krazor on Nov 9, 2015 - 62 answers

Tips for finding an affordable financial planner

What are some good things to look for in a financial planner? Any recommendations that might seem like a fit in the Atlanta, GA, area (or elsewhere)? Please see below for details. [more inside]
posted by dubhemerak3000 on Nov 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Four pirates fight for 100 gold coins

Four people, one competition. One officially won. The others want half the prize. Details within. [more inside]
posted by lost_lettuce on Nov 6, 2015 - 20 answers

How to dispose of semi-large pile of money

We're about to come into a somewhat large sum of money. We've never really had money before, and we're not sure how to manage it. We've got a variety of debt, and a strong desire for a house. What to prioritize? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2015 - 41 answers

I want to dress like an adult, but I'm paralyzed by the idea of spending

I've recently started working in a new office where everybody dresses quite well. Prior to this, I was in full-time student mode, so I never cared about what I wore. I want to start looking more put-together. It shouldn't be this difficult to buy about 5-6 basics to update my office wardrobe, but I am SO. PARALYZED. at the idea of having to spend money on more than 1-2 items at a time. I waste hours and hours looking at clothes online and never buy a single item. This needs to stop. [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Oct 31, 2015 - 62 answers

Legit making money from home?

Short version: I can't leave my room, but I can type and mouse. How do I make money under these circumstances? Is Mechanical Turk still a thing? Do things like Hits4Dollars or InboxDollars still work? How else do I do this? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Oct 26, 2015 - 28 answers

How to get a loan in this scenario?

We own a lot in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Its value has tripled since we bought it; at this point we could sell it for $100k if we wanted to. We don't want to sell it. We want to build a 500 square foot house on it. We already paid for the permits, saved up the money, and now it's looking like we might fall $10k-$20k short on the total cost to build. Neither of us is employed. Given our extended explanation, how do we make this happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Getting respect when doing high/low tasks?

I've had a meandering career path which has given me a level of expertise in a number of areas. However, I'm currently engaged in work which puts me sort of on the middle rung, working under the direction of a manager. In the past, in these positions, these employers have been very interested in some of the other skillsets I have. It's like, "Aha! I can now get some of this expertise for very cheap!" And in the past I've been willing to offer it. However, I don't want to offer this anymore without renumeration. Can you help me navigate this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Editor-in-Chief: Should I take the job?

Hi, Ok here's my situation. Last year around this time I was diagnosed with bipolar. I lost my job, my apartment, everything. I was living several states away and I had to move home to live with my grandparents. When I arrived back home, I contacted one of my old employers who let me come back on part time as a writer and photographer. I love the job!! It gave me so much of my confidence back. However, it's only part time so the only reason I could afford to work there is bc my grandparents did not charge me for rent or food. I am 30, by the way. [more inside]
posted by asmith30 on Oct 19, 2015 - 19 answers

That Personal Finance Question

We're saving for a wedding and paying down debt and trying not to go crazy in the process. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by kmr on Oct 19, 2015 - 17 answers

[Photo filter] Getting paid for work.

Friend of mine (and her co-editor) want 20-30 of my photos for their book, but since the grants are still pending, do not know how much they can pay yet. Is this a terrible idea to give them photos? Do I just ask for a minimum either per photo or as a package? I'm a newbie, having lucked into one book cover...so. She's a genuine friend, if it matters.
posted by intrepid_simpleton on Oct 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Should I quit a job I like due to no room for growth?

Help me navigate what for me is a complex situation in a very small company and to get some perspective. I feel like I was treated unfairly, and would like to get some perspective. Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by Roe99 on Oct 10, 2015 - 14 answers

Am I doing money wrong?

I feel like I go from one financial juicebox to another. I can't save money, am trapped in an unpleasant job situation as a result, and the whole mess has me frankly pretty depressed. Is there anything at all that can be done? Warning: long woe-is-me descriptions within. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Oct 1, 2015 - 39 answers

Giving Notice, Want to Get Max $$$

I'm a veteran, no-contract, no-union teacher. I just got a much better job offer and I'd like to be able to leave my current position and get maximum $$$ from them by getting paid out for sick days. How to do this? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Sep 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Businesses asking for the name of your employer? Why?

Twice this year, I have had the experience of a business I patronize asking me for the name of my employer. The first one was my dentist. The second was a car rental company. What is up with that? Why do they need to know this information? Do they have a legal right to this? Is there some kind of business reason for it? I find this practice rather aggravating and would like to be better informed so that I may do a better job of deflecting these inappropriate inquiries in the future. Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 16, 2015 - 18 answers

Should we get a divorce to help with upcoming bills?

Should my wife and I, who still want to be married, get a divorce to better pay some LARGE bills that will be coming? [more inside]
posted by Leenie on Sep 12, 2015 - 21 answers

Looking for retirement financial planner in NYC

We need to figure out details of withdrawing money from retirement accounts (because very soon we have to, because of age) and where to put that money, and a whole bunch of other stuff. We want to consult with a financial advisor who charges for their time, NOT a percentage of our investments. (We also want to find a lawyer who specializes in wills, trusts, etc. -- or at least is good at them -- to get information about that side of things.) We're in Manhattan. Thanks!
posted by DMelanogaster on Sep 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Saving Smarter

Where should I put my money, with specific goals in mind? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Sep 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me fix my broken my job hunt

I am stuck in a constant cycle of deep underemployment. I live a life of sheer financial terror and bitter dissapointment. I can't continue like this. [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Aug 30, 2015 - 13 answers

Non-heternormative financial planning

Can you refer me to blogs, books, or other information on planning one's personal finances for the mid- to long-term that does not assume the traditional route of marriage, children, and supporting a family? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Aug 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Twice the work and zero the money? No thanks, but how?

I asked this question several weeks ago... and I'm back. How do I professionally ask/demand to be paid to do a much bigger job. I'm willing to quit over this, but would really prefer not to. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Aug 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Are there any good no-fee HSA providers?

I'm in Washington State with a Premera Blue Cross HSA HDHP. I'm maybe, finally, in a position to start funding an actual health savings account, not just pay my household's premiums (~$400/mo for two people) and treat my insurance as a lame catastrophic plan. I'm having trouble finding a good account provider, though, and would like some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Has anyone done freelance graphic design for American Eagle Outfitters?

Hey everyone! I've got a tough decision in front of me... I am lucky enough to be in a position where I have to choose between two job offers. One of these companies is American Eagle Outfitters and I would be working as a graphic designer in the corporate office in Pittsburgh. The other job is at yet another big PGH company, but for a slightly different position. I know people that work or have worked for the second company, so I've got the scoop on that option... However, I don't have any "inside info" on working for AE. Essentially, my position at AE is being called a "freelance" job, but I'd be working in the office 5 days a week with varying hours (and I'd be a W2 employee). That is a bit confusing to me, as (through personal experience) the words "freelance" and "W2" usually don't go hand-in-hand. ;) Anyway, sorry... rambling! Has anyone here "freelanced" for AE Corporate in the past and can give me some info on how it went/what it was like/etc.? I've got a big decision to make by end of day Monday!
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Venmo trouble

I have a bit of a situation after trying to pay a friend for a plane ticket using Venmo, and overdrafting my account. [more inside]
posted by iximox on Aug 21, 2015 - 3 answers

First World Problems

I'm from the first world. I work for a first world company. I receive a first world wage. Like many people on this site. You would probably find me completely average. But I live in a country that is poor, with a lot of inequality. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Aug 19, 2015 - 51 answers

Reliable yet cheaper ways to transfer money from US to Korea?

Looking for recommendations for currency transfer services that are reputable, reliable and won't tack on as many fees as an international bank wire. This is for sending from a personal bank account in the US (from USD) and transferring to a personal bank account in South Korea (to KRW). In case it makes a difference, I'm interested in both of these scenarios: [more inside]
posted by macguffin on Aug 14, 2015 - 1 answer

What's the best way to save for the new baby in my life?

I have a new baby family member -- my first! hooray! -- and I'd like to put some money into savings for him. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by spindrifter on Aug 11, 2015 - 7 answers

What should I do with 300K?

Should I put a 300K cash windfall into buying my first home, or into a Vanguard fund to generate interest? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by MrHalfwit on Aug 8, 2015 - 20 answers

Where to put my money (debts and savings questions)

I'm coming into some money. How should I allocate it? Exciting debts inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2015 - 17 answers

Save for a house, or save for retirement?

Which should come first once I start making more money: save for a house, or save for retirement and a 6 month safety net? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Aug 4, 2015 - 38 answers

Please explain credit cards to me the way you would to your teen

I am in my late twenties and beginning to realize I don't understand how credit cards work and that they kind of matter. [more inside]
posted by Otis the Lion on Aug 1, 2015 - 25 answers

Giving the gift of cash

My sister had a baby. My brother and I are giving her a larger-than-normal for our family chunk of cash for her birthday. Please help me write a card that doesn't make me sound superior, or her obligated. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jul 30, 2015 - 29 answers

What do I do with this money?

I find myself in possession of $2500 that isn't mine, and due to a series of events I'm not sure what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2015 - 26 answers

Seeking a rewards credit card that will email me my balance daily

I'm looking for a rewards credit card that will email me my balance--not just my purchases--daily. My current card will email me all my purchases as part of its fraud alert service, but I still have to log in to check my balance. Do you have or know of a card that will email me my balance? I'm pretty sure I had one like 15 years ago, but I don't remember what bank it was with.
posted by elizeh on Jul 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Low-fee checking with 2-factor authentication & fast check deposits?

I'm shopping for a new basic personal checking account at a bank or credit union in the L.A. area, because I no longer qualify to get the monthly fee waived at my current bank. Must-haves: Need to deposit paper checks reliably, with a fast availability of funds. Online banking must have two factor authentication. Lower fees: say, under $10... under $5 would be better... free would be excellent! I've put a list together... can you help me think of other candidates? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Podcast with interviews of people who were struggling, now are successfu

I'm looking for podcasts featuring interviews of people who, for a time in their life, were really struggling - terrible luck, financial disaster, serious illness - who were able to pull it all together and become comfortably successful. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jul 20, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I get an international money order in the US to send to Portugal?

I need a 20 euro money order to get some documents from Portugal. How can I get this in the United States? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jul 20, 2015 - 10 answers

How is the money in an armored car organized?

Because of this article I'm wondering how the money inside an armored car works. [more inside]
posted by kate blank on Jul 17, 2015 - 2 answers

Best, cheapest way to send money electronically under a pseudonym?

Best, cheapest way to send money electronically under a pseudonym? I want to use a company name but don't have a company bank account and I'm struggling to get PayPal to allow this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2015 - 2 answers

Salary for a webdev in Seattle or New York?

I'm interviewing for a web developer job at a large tech company. One of the pre-screening questions is what compensation I want. As I live in Chile, I don't know what's to ask for. The job could be in Seattle or NY. [more inside]
posted by signal on Jul 15, 2015 - 5 answers

I don't want to be a sleazy landlord but I will need to withhold some $$

What would be considered normal wear and tear in a rental property to deduct from a security deposit after 6 years? The place looks pretty bad. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jul 15, 2015 - 37 answers

Should I buy this Toyota with a scary recall?

So I'm looking for a new car, and lucked into a 2007 Corolla that has only about 40K miles, is reasonably priced at $7.5K, has no rust (a big deal in Maine) and nothing sinister in its past. EXCEPT. In the course of my Carfaxing, I noticed it's subject (as of mid-June) to this terrifying recall. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Jul 10, 2015 - 13 answers

How do I convert old French currency?

I'd like to convert 729 livres in Lyon, France in 1736 to contemporary US dollars. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Jul 9, 2015 - 5 answers

Do I split the referral bonus with my roommate?

I recommended a friend to our apartment complex, which earns me a $200 referral bonus. My roommate has never met this friend, nor did she know I had recommended the place to her. My roommate seems to expect half of the bonus. Do I split it? If not, how do I bring it up? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Jul 8, 2015 - 31 answers

Sending money to Greece

Help me help my Greek relatives. [more inside]
posted by longdaysjourney on Jul 6, 2015 - 5 answers

How can I become okay with not getting the best possible deal?

Whenever I buy an item, and later discover there was a cheaper way to buy the same item, it really upsets me. It bothers me for hours or days. This stresses me whenever I need to buy variable-cost items like plane tickets and insurance, because I will probably find out I didn't get the best deal and then feel bad. What's worked for you in fighting this neurosis? [more inside]
posted by cheesecake on Jul 3, 2015 - 27 answers

How do I handle this interview/job offer situation?

I just went for an interview but they took it a lot more seriously than I did and now I have to tell them that I don't want the job (even though I am starting to be in need of it). How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Jul 3, 2015 - 25 answers

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