Parents: Help Your New Grad Manage That Graduation Gift Money
Finally, it’s official: After years of studying, sacrificing and possibly incurring student debt, your kid has (finally!) graduated from college. In honor of this milestone, you’ve organized a party for…
College Summer Break
After a full academic year of intense study, and one last push through final exams, most college students can’t wait for summer break. Thoughts of days that don’t require study,…
Living Large, Spending Small: Tricking Out Your First Apartment on a Budget
I’m done with college and officially a member of the real world. I have a job and a new apartment. I’m feeling safe and secure from those real-world risks with…
Tips on Sharing Expenses with a Roommate
With our college days firmly behind us, many of my friends are moving from rowdy, shared houses to quiet apartments of their own. But I’ve lived with roommates since my…
Why Saving for Your 401(k) Matters
When I first got my own place, I felt overwhelmed by the mountain of monthly bills I was responsible for. Paying for rent, cable, Internet, groceries, car insurance and student…
5 Tips for Renegotiating a Chicago Apartment Lease
When I first moved to Chicago, I saw my living situation as temporary. I’d planned on finding a less-expensive apartment once I made a few friends and had a better…
Enjoy the Holidays Away from Home
The holidays are supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year,” filled with family get-togethers and never-ending sugar buzzes. So when last year’s work schedule kept me away…
5 Reasons Young People Need Life Insurance
Most young people think that they don’t need life insurance. After all, mortality is far away from 20- and 30-somethings. There are, however, certain cases when young people do need…
Spruce Up Your Apartment on a Budget
Since starting my first full-time job, all I want to do at the end of the day is relax on my couch and enjoy the peace of my apartment. But…
Welcome Back! The Art of Moving Back Home After College
Standing in the ranks on graduation day, I felt like I was the only one shaking in my cap and gown. Yet, I soon found out I wasn’t alone—searching for…