A Friday Chat About Venmo, PayPal, and Square

Featuring Billfolder Laura Chanoux!

My Boyfriend Makes 5x My Salary: How the Fun Budget Saved Our Relationship

I finally plucked up the courage to have a Conversation About Money. I appreciated the invites and loved spending time together, I told him, but this lifestyle was out of my price range.

What Do Index Funds Have to Do With the Cost of Air Travel?

Is your favorite low-cost index fund making airfare more expensive?

Local Blogger Is Human

I know I brag about planning my meals so I don’t need to eat takeout the night before a trip, but…

Dear Businesslady: How Do I Switch Careers?

Advice on making the most of your experience while job-searching in a new field.

Friday Estimate

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to estimate our weekend spending.

The Time Lyft Charged Its Employees to Park in a Free Lot

Instead of charging by the hour or by the day, Lyft charged employees $200 per spot per month.

We Are Still Here: A Story of Love and Recession

I saw the same warning signs as everybody else. I remember standing in my mom’s living room watching CNN as the oil prices started climbing higher and higher while the stock market started tanking.

On the Beach: A Billfold Book Review

Capitalism, cockroaches, and love are the only things that survive nuclear war.

Two More Longreads About What It Takes to Get a Good Job These Days

Why even go to the job fair? Why waste time and money printing paper resumes that these employers don’t want?

Weird Money-Saving Tricks That Actually Helped Me Last Month

Losing the debit card for your only bank account and not having a credit card to back you up really tightens the ol’ belt!

Do 1 Thing That Really Should Be Available Through an Online Form

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to Do 1 Thing.

Guess Who Has All the Money? (You Already Know the Answer.)

The rich have been getting richer and the poor have been getting poorer, and now we have a hockey-stick-shaped chart to prove it.

The Five Money Questions We Answered Before We Got Married

When my partner and I decided to get married, we didn’t ask our parents for a blessing or go see a spiritual adviser—we went to see a financial adviser.

Will I Lose Money if I Break Up With Twitter?

I don’t like being on Twitter anymore.

We Bought a Street

The reason Lam and Cheng were able to purchase the privately owned street is because the homeowners’ association failed to pay its street taxes for… wait, three decades?

What Women Want: A Tote That Can Hold a Packed Lunch

I want a tote bag that looks nice and professional, and I want to bring my lunch to work. I need these two options to co-exist, and I’m finding more and more that they don’t.

Question Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to get ahead of our financial questions.

Kris Jenner on Money, Relationships, and Setting Goals

Janet Mock interviews Jenner about her early life, her relationship with (and divorce from) Robert Kardashian, and her marriage to Caitlyn Jenner—who wasn’t doing very well financially when the two met.

TV Take Five: Sue Gets a Raise

In this installment of TV Take Five, Sue tells her boss, the Vice President of the United States, exactly what it would take to keep her happy in her job. If only it could work like this in real life.

I Saved $40,000 in Two Blue Collar Years

I would work and save for two years, from the end of April 2015 to the beginning of May 2017. The goal was to save at least $40,000 dollars, which I would then use to start a business.

Lying About Money Can Be Worse Than Cheating, and Other Relationship News

Since I am not currently in a relationship, I’m going to have to turn to the Google News tab to learn how today’s couples are handling their finances.

Everything You Wanted to Know About MLMs

Today’s must-read longread comes from Quartz: “Multilevel-marketing companies like LuLaRoe are forcing people into debt and psychological crisis.”

Five Years of Payments Under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Ten years and 120 payments sounded daunting, but now that I’m halfway there, I can almost see the top of the hill.

Share Your Success Tuesday

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time to share our recent financial successes.