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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 - 38 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 - 50 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

Are there rules for coin choice in returning change from machines?

A person on FaceBook has pondered why self-service checkouts always return two 20p and one 10p coin (UK obviously) as opposed to a single 50P coin. Which led me to wonder - is there a general approach for choice of returned coins in programming coin-operated machines? Do you get rid of the lower-value shrapnel first? Or do you try to strike a balance somehow to ensure availability of most combinations of returned values?
posted by GallonOfAlan on Jul 3, 2015 - 8 answers

The Tower of Hanoi: Forex edition

I am going to spend most of my savings on grad school living costs over the next 3 years. Hope me figure out how to best manage my currencies? [more inside]
posted by monocot on Jul 2, 2015 - 1 answer

Which currency should I use in Japan?

I am going to Japan soon, and will be there for a month. The answer is yen, obviously. But I have American and Australian dollars/bank accounts and can't figure out which one I should use. [more inside]
posted by flora on Jun 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Who profits from weddings?

If I'm expecting the traditional American wedding (registry, rehearsal dinner, lavish ceremony, reception) industry to expand over the next few years, where would I invest my money? My experience was mostly with local people, but I am sure there is some behemoth out there who's bread and butter is based on that style of people getting married.
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Jun 30, 2015 - 16 answers

How much to charge for a design project that isn't being used?

I worked long and hard on a design project that ended up not being used after all. I'm being asked for an invoice for my work and I need a little help figuring it out... [more inside]
posted by sucre on Jun 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Is there a way to get out of this headache?

So basically I'm wondering what the options are for someone with loans and other debt who needs a financial manager or advisor. I have recently become employed for a new company and while things are going well in that, I want to know where I can find someone to figure out my financial situation including calling debtors to find out exact amounts owed. I find it personally very emotionally difficult to do and it would be great if I could get help in doing that. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jun 25, 2015 - 8 answers

How can a non-profit organisation get money to sustain itself

So the issue is this: I would like some ideas about how an organisation helping children by educating them, making them do sports, etc. can obtain money for the electricity, food, maintenance. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Jun 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Less money, mo' problems?

In the bigger picture, which masters program will I benefit from most? [more inside]
posted by mild deer on Jun 11, 2015 - 16 answers

How to money

I'm in my thirties and I just got my first 'grown-up' job. Now find me a book that teaches me grown-up finances. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2015 - 20 answers

Do I want to interrupt an engineering career to do patent law?

I’m trying to determine if it’s worth it to plan a career change from engineering to patent law, with a lengthy, difficult, expensive stop through law school first. Have you done this? Do you have special insight? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Jun 3, 2015 - 17 answers

My tastes are richer than my wallet

I'm trying to start to budget more and I periodically have these a-ha moments where I realize I have been spending waaaay too much money on things that I shouldn't. Help me figure out what else I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Jun 2, 2015 - 49 answers

Should I pay off all my debt in one fell swoop?

I have an emergency savings fund with at least 6 months of living expenses. It's almost exactly the same amount as my total debt (credit cards and student loans). I am really tempted to just get rid of it all in one fell swoop, but I'm not sure this is a good idea. I have a steady income and fairly predictable expenses (though anything could happen). No kids, spouse or house. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jun 2, 2015 - 35 answers

How does a smart person win money?

It seems to me that there is a ridiculous amount of money to be won in competitions, in the UK at least. But how does somone tip the odds in their favour, to give themselves a better shot than everbody else? This persons "edge" is an IQ of 154. Method one: enter every possible competition going. Disadvantages are its very time consuming, and doesn't use my edge. method two: only enter competitions that are incredibly difficult, such as crosswords, thus thinning the field. Disadvantages are it will take time to learn new skills. Method three: Gambling. Dont even go there. Method four: the sure thing - a game show. Zero risk, almost guaranteed a hefty cash prize or a car. Disadvantages arevthat these are massively over subscribed, with waiting lists measured in years. So Mefites, any suggestions? (Before its mentioned, already have a decent job!)
posted by Gabriel ricci on Jun 1, 2015 - 17 answers

Evaluating a job offer in Silicon Valley

What questions should I ask to evalualate a job offer with salary and stock options in Silicon Valley? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on May 23, 2015 - 22 answers

Help me fix my brother!

My brother is around 30 years old, 6'2", 286 lbs. He doesn't exercise but he's not a weakling. In fact, people who see him think he's less heavy than he really is. Lately his health has deteriorated big time and I think he's in need of an action plan. Help (and please no cynical answers--just kind and helpful ones please)! [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on May 16, 2015 - 23 answers

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