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I’m a Millennial, I’m good with money!

Tweet So says a new Time Magazine article that concludes “Millennials are scary smart with their money”. After I read the article, I wouldn’t go so far as to say “scary smart”, but it seems that more Millennials understand the importance of saving than other generations. In fact, financial security may be one of THE most […]

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Sharing & renting – collaborative consumption in travel

Tweet In the past couple of years, sharing (or person-to-person renting) has become huge in the travel industry. Everything you need on a vacation – accommodations, tours and entertainment, food, and transportation – can be arranged on a sharing basis (or “collaborative consumption“). One plucky writer decides to assemble a vacation in San Francisco by […]

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Cities where Millennials can make it now

Tweet Where we live – and the cost of living associated with our place of residence – is a big factor in our personal finances. It’s no secret that many of the cities that draw Millennials – London, New York, San Francisco, etc., are expensive places to live (a 2010 New York Times article on […]

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Have a party: the six-pack swap

Tweet Saw this idea of a beer-swap on The Billfold. Love, love, love. I had a few get-togethers like this last year, where I bought a bunch of tacos from the local taqueria, got some cheese and tortillas and made quesadillas as a vegetarian option, and then had folks bring wine and beer to imbibe. […]

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Having an Only Child

Tweet When I say the term “only child,” quick, what are some words that come into your head? Hopefully the words won’t include “spoiled,” “lonely,” “selfish,” “anti-social,” but those are common (and untrue!) stereotypes that people have of only children. Recently, journalist Lauren Sandler, an only child herself, wrote a book on having an only child, […]

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AirBnB / short-term rentals ruled illegal in New York

Tweet I first used an AirBnB stay in May 2012, and since then have stayed in AirBnB properties in five cities. Often times an AirBnB provides a helpful (and cheaper) alternative to staying in hotels, especially if you are traveling with family. One of my best travel stays, in fact, was at a 2-bedroom AirBnB […]

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With shoes you can’t lose

Tweet It might be cliche to admit this, but I adore shoes. In fact, I first started Well Heeled Blog as a lifestyle and fashion blog devoted mainly to, you guessed, shoes. If you are a shoe-lover like I am, or if you just wonder HOW can people have so many pairs, check out this documentary, “God […]

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Egg-freezing to extend fertility

Tweet Over breakfast, as we chatted about my career goals and caught up on each others’ lives, a mentor of mine recommended I consider freezing my eggs. (I was really happy that I did not order scrambled eggs for my entree). “We’ve had trouble conceiving,” my 40-something mentor told me, “in hindsight, we should have […]

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Marathon interview sessions: surviving the longest wait

Tweet The job search process can be trying, especially if the job interview you prepared so hard for doesn’t work out. But maybe getting a definitive “no” is better than waiting and interviewing for the 7th, 8th, or 9th time for the same position, and then getting the “no” months later. Unfortunately, because of a […]

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Veterinarians facing a beast of student loans

Tweet We hear a lot about the plight of student from law schools, med schools, and other graduate programs who are burdened by drastic amounts of debt (you might remember the studentloanasaurus drawing from that earlier post). Apparently, veterinarians are not exempt from the problem. A New York Times article, “High Debt, Falling Demand Trap New Vets” shed […]

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Is There a Stigma Against Separate Checks?

Tweet I ask because I saw an advice column in SELF magazine on how to deal with dining-with-friends-and-money situations, especially with the sticky situation of a friend who ordered a pricey entree and wants to split the bill with someone who munched on a salad. I don’t disagree with SELF’s advice, but perhaps dining out is more awkward […]

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Life & death: do you have your shit together?

Tweet If you died suddenly, will your partner or spouse know how to fend for themselves in the midst of grief? Will your partner or family member know what your wishes were, will he/she have power of attorney to settle your affairs, access your accounts, have enough money to get through the first week, month, […]

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To Cancel Student Loans in Bankruptcy, Your Future Must be “Hopeless”

Tweet There is nothing like being a graduate student who is potentially taking on a lot of loans to appreciate all those student loan articles that surface every fall. New York Times just published a great piece on what it takes to cancel your student loans. As many know, student loans, unlike almost any other type […]

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Are You Financially Insecure?

Tweet Are you just one job loss, one paycut, and one illness away from catastrophe? Sometimes it seems no matter how much money someone may be able to save or skills they cultivate, it’s a little too easy to fall down the economic ladder. More than 20% of Americans are “economically insecure,” according to the Economic Security Index created […]

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