women personal finance

She Spends Gives Back

With Thanksgiving and the holidays ramping up, She Spends wants to reflect on the year. Women, especially women of color and those in the LGBTQ+ community, have gone through the ringer. Sexual harassment and assault. Restrictive measures against our healthcare and birth control. Run-of-the-mill sexism and racism everywhere from the workplace to Twitter. She Spends is fighting back.

How a financial journalist thrifts her work wardrobe

When I was growing up, my mom and I spent a lot of time trawling thrift stores for diamonds in the rough. My family had a year or two when money was tight, and part of cutting back was shopping at Goodwill for new clothes. I distinctly remember finding a pair of jean shorts from Abercrombie at the local Salvation Army. That was the moment that taught me the magic of thrifting.

Does your city have a salary history ban? Here’s what you need to know.

Some U.S. cities and states have established a salary history ban in an effort to close the wage gap between men and women. Rather than determine a salary range for a position based on education, experience and skills, many employers will ask for your previous salary. This perpetuates the wage gap, as women make about 20% less than men; women of color make even less.

Save Money Through Meal Prep (And No, It Doesn't Have to Be Boring!)

I love eating, and I love cooking, too. What I don’t love is coming home from a long day of work and spending 10 minutes staring into an empty refrigerator before I finally pull up Seamless and spending $15 for dinner. So I decided when I moved to New York from Chicago to try meal prepping. I figured it would allow me to always have something ready to go in the fridge and have the added benefits of saving my wallet and my waistline.

Travel Money Diaries: Rachel K. in San Francisco

I live in Washington, D.C., and my best friend from college lives in Chicago. Since we graduated, we’ve alternated between me flying to Chicago and her flying to D.C. to stay with her parents in suburban Maryland, but this fall we thought we’d try something new — a joint trip to a different city. For some reason, we chose the most expensive city possible: San Francisco.

Travel Money Diaries: Amanda in Washington, D.C.

It wasn’t until Alicia texted me in July that Megabus had uploaded its fall schedule, with plenty of $1 rides available, that I booked my trip for Sept. 22 to Sept. 24. Finally, I wouldn’t have to pay $50 or $60 for two crappy bus rides. Although I had scheduled the trip to visit my friends who stayed in Washington, D.C., after graduation (hypothetically), it was mostly for the $1 bus ride from New York to Union Station.

Avoid The Dry Cleaner to Save Your Budget and the Environment

But like that cup of coffee personal finance blogs have been warning you will add up to a sizable sum eventually, dry cleaning does make a dent in your budget. A more sustainable choice is to hand wash your clothes instead.