Raising your credit score

5 Ways to Repair Damaged Credit

by Sophia Bera August 10, 2016

When used responsibly, credit cards and loans can be amazing tools. Using a credit card instead of cash allows you to maintain a detailed record of your spending, and racking up rewards points can save you a lot on large expenses. Loans make it possible to spread out payments on big-ticket items like a house […]

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Weighing a job offer

Weighing a Job Offer? Look Beyond the Salary

by Sophia Bera July 27, 2016

You’ve been job hunting for months, and you finally receive a job offer. You’re desperate to get out of your current job, and the salary they’re offering looks decent enough, so you should just go for it, right? Eh, maybe. If you think of a job offer as a pie, the salary is but a […]

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myths of home ownership

Don’t Fall For These Myths About Homeownership

by Sophia Bera July 13, 2016

If you currently rent, I’m willing to bet that at least one friend or family member has said something like this to you in the past year: “You should buy a place. It’s a good investment.” “You can always sell it or rent it out if you need to move.” “Renting is throwing money away.” […]

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Stupid Sh*t People Do With Their Money

Stupid Sh*t People Do With Their Money

by Sophia Bera June 29, 2016

Two months ago, I wrote a blog post about ways people pretend to have their money sh*t together, and I got a lot of responses from readers who loved it. Apparently you all know people who are good at keeping up appearances … or maybe you just like when I include partially-obscured curse words in […]

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Millennial women investing

Why Millennial Women Need to Invest, Even If We Don’t Think We’re Ready

by Sophia Bera June 15, 2016

When it comes to investing, women still lag behind men in terms of getting started and that means we miss out on years of compound interest. Investing is important because it allows your savings to grow considerably more than they would if you kept all of your money in a savings account. A recent survey […]

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Roth IRA Contribution Limits

I No Longer Qualify for a Roth IRA — Now What?

by Sophia Bera June 1, 2016

You’ve heard the advice when it comes to saving for retirement: contribute enough to your employer-sponsored retirement plan to get the company match, and then contribute up to $5,500 per year to a Roth IRA. But Roth IRAs have income limits — $132,000 for single tax filers, and $194,000 for married filers. And if your […]

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Ways People Pretend to Have Their Money Sh*t Together

Ways People Pretend to Have Their Money Sh*t Together

by Sophia Bera May 18, 2016

When you’ve got friends who live like the Rich Kids of Instagram, life can feel distorted. Especially if you’ve talked about money with these friends and you know they don’t make more than you do. How can they afford dinners out, travel, and designer clothes? Where did they get the money for that $500,000 condo? […]

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Lifestyle creep

A Guide to Preventing Lifestyle Creep (and Using Extra Cash to Build Wealth Instead)

by Sophia Bera May 4, 2016

You’ve seen this happen to your friends. They get a big raise, or a new job that pays much more than their previous one. Suddenly, they’re a different person. They trade in their 10-year-old Toyota for a brand-new Audi, ditch their roommates for a one-bedroom in a luxury building, and they’re no longer your go-to […]

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grad school

How to Pay for Grad School, Law School, or Your MBA

by Sophia Bera April 20, 2016

If you’re considering going back to school to get a master’s degree, law degree, or MBA, you might be looking into student loans to help pay tuition — especially since many graduate programs cost $50,000 a year or more. Yikes! This is a choice to not take lightly. Taking on debt of this magnitude (possibly […]

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Financial planning for an inheritance or settlement

What To Do with an Inheritance or Settlement

by Sophia Bera April 6, 2016

If you receive a large windfall from an inheritance or lump sum settlement, you’re suddenly faced with financial decisions you weren’t expecting. Getting a lot of money at once can be a blessing and a curse. You’re not only dealing with the emotions of receiving this money (maybe from a loved one who passed away, […]

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