By Emma McGowan I’m officially closer to 30 than 20 these days, a fact that came up on a recent visit home when my mom asked me if I consider myself an adult. (Answer: Duh, Mom!!!) That means that more and more of my friends are tying the knot, popping out the next generation, or […]

By Emma McGowan When we talk about building good financial habits, we so often talk in broad generalizations. (Everyone Should Use Spreadsheets. Check Your Bank Account Daily.) The truth of the matter is that we all have really different personalities and something that works well for me may be something you’d never want to do […]

By Emma McGowan I was thinking all last week about what I wanted to share with you guys, wracking my brain for a topic. Travel? Did that. Kids? Covered it last week. Student loans? Done and doner. That got me thinking about the fact that there’s really one common theme that unites all of these […]

By Emma McGowan The first place we learn about money is the same place we learn about pretty much everything else: our parents. Kids learn about financial stuff through explicit conversations with their parents and through observation. (You know those munchkins are watching every move you make, right?) Every parent wants to make sure her […]

By Emma McGowan One of my favorite personal finance blogs is BudgetsAre$exy. The author, J., has a fun tone that’s a little bit like reading your genius ADD best friend’s thoughts spewed out all at once. I say ADD because his thoughts sometimes seem random but, in fact, he’s usually right on the money. (See […]

By Emma McGowan Graduation season is fully upon us and my Facebook newsfeed is packed with friends of all ages decked out in those oh-so-universally-flattering graduation gowns. Newly minted 18-year-old “adults” are itching to get out of their parent’s house for the first time, while their 22-year-old counterparts are terrified that they may have to […]

By Emma McGowan I’ve written before about saving money when traveling (check out my getting there, where to stay, and what to do articles), so you guys already know that travel is an area of life where I’m always looking to save some cash. Truth moment: I love seeing the world but I hate, hate, […]