Investing 101: Equities, ETFs, Bonds and Indexes

When it comes to investing, it can be easy to get bogged down in difficult-to-understand terminology. Rather than letting a lack of understanding hold our readers back from getting started on investing, we want to provide an easy-to-understand guide, complete with important terms for getting started, a guide to different platforms you can use to invest, and a cautionary tale on day trading. 

Beyond Airbnb: Alternative Accommodations To Keep Travel Costs Low

For a short period after its launch, AirBnb became the hot way to cut back on travel costs. Apartments and homes listed on the site were cheap to rent out. But recently, as the reach of Airbnb has expanded, prices of many accommodations have come close to matching those at hotels in major cities. So how do you keep prices down? These alternative accommodation options are a start. 

How To Save Money on Your Commute

The cost of commuting to and from work every day can add up quickly if you’re not careful. Between rising gas prices, struggling subway systems and the exploding ridesharing industry, it can be hard to determine the best way to get to work. We’ve got your back with some ideas to cut cost on your daily commute. 

One Surprising Way To Invest In Your Community: The Bond Market

When we talk about investing at She Spends, we rarely delve into the bond market. This is partially because there is less public information about bonds than there is about stocks. It’s also because they can get a little confusing. That said, municipal bonds are an awesome and somewhat unconventional way to invest in your community. Here’s our guide to doing just that. 

How To Support Your Community Without Going Broke

In conversations we’ve had with our Facebook group and beyond about community, it’s become clear that many of us feel disconnected from our real-life communities. We’ve talked about some ways to get more involved, particularly buying local, but we wanted to offer ideas for community involvement that are cheap or free and available in most areas. What follows is our guide to staying local without going broke:

The Complete She Spends Guide to Negotiation

When I created She Spends, I knew I wanted to make a space for women to feel encouraged to ask for more from their employers. Research shows that the wage gap is not only perpetuated by bosses who don’t want to pay their employees equally, but also by systemic problems that we need to do real work to change. To be sure, factors like motherhood, job choices, lack of paid family leave and few women in senior leadership perpetuate the gap. But there’s another issue at hand: Women are simply socialized not to ask for what they want at work. 

How To Negotiate As A Freelancer

Many members of the She Spends community are freelancers in some way or another. Some are writers who are paid on a per story basis by publications. Others are yoga instructors who may book classes for a certain number of weeks but are often dealing with the ebb and flow of clientele. Some are consultants, marketing professionals or designers who are paid based on projects, rather than a pre-specified yearly salary. With this in mind, we’ve created a guide to salary negotiation for our readers whose jobs are non-traditional.