Tax Law Changes That Might Affect Your 2018 Tax Return: Updated

Use this guide to learn what to do before you do your taxes, and how both the government shutdown and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act might affect your 2018 tax return.

Monday Check-In

It’s Monday, which means it’s time to check in on our weekend spending.

5 Things I Learned as a Door-to-Door Salesperson

The experience was surreal and taught me a lot about the world, in the way that only personal experience in a difficult task can.

My DNA Indicated I Was at Risk for Breast Cancer. Here’s How I Took Control.

Your genetics are not a life sentence; they are your call to action.

A “Why Is the Government STILL SHUT DOWN” Open Thread

Sorry to turn this open thread into another News Roundup.

Friday Estimate

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

Three Longreads on the Stuff We Buy and Sell

All of which focus on — you guessed it — Amazon.

What Adult Braces Taught Me About Healthcare and Life

One of the questions I heard most often was “Your teeth are so straight, so why do you need braces?”

January’s Billfold LLC Update

I put off this monthly update for a long time because I hoped I’d have something more to say than “a lot of stuff is in progress.”

Do 1 Thing and Hope It Isn’t Too Taxing

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

Going Back to School as a Nontraditional Student

When I graduated high school in 2006, not going straight to college was not considered an option in my family.

Throwback Thursday: Goodbye, Little Green Couch

The couch was ugly and old and free. Did I want it? Of course I wanted it.

How a HR Analyst in Pittsburgh Does Money

Susan (not her real name) is a 32-year-old HR analyst in Pittsburgh.

Question Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to heat up those financial questions.

How I Solved the “Food Problem”

I haven’t cooked in nine months. It wasn’t my intention to go this long without cooking so much as a bowl of quinoa, but here I am.

I Don’t Regret Not Getting a College Degree

Since my friend was in school, his finances were iffy. Since I was not, mine were great.

Tuesday Check-In

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time to check in on our long weekend spending.

The Billfold and Oh My Dollar! Are Joining Forces for a Series of Podcast Episodes

And we’re looking for listener-submitted stories!

My Mother Was Right! How Having $20 Cash in My Wallet Saved Me From the Apocalypse

For as long as I can remember, my mother has bugged me to always carry cash.

News Roundup

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so let’s start with a look at Dr. King’s work towards economic equality.

An Open Thread on John Bogle’s Legacy

John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group, the index fund, and many of our current investment philosophies, died on Wednesday at the age of 89.

Friday Estimate

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

More Government Shutdown Stories, Because This Thing Is STILL GOING ON

I wish I had better news for you today, but here we go:

Starfish Inn Seeks Caretaker

If you love fixing stairs, and believe something sinister is hiding under them, this job is for you.

Refining My 2019 Money Goals

And doing the math on how long it might take to achieve them.