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Charlotte Cowles

  1. my two cents
    My Dad Judges My Husband for Not Making More MoneyWhat’s most important is how you feel about your shared finances.
  2. my two cents
    Can I Ask My Parents to Pay for My Plane Ticket Home for Christmas?Yes — but be careful about conflating the emotional challenges of spending time with family with the financial cost.
  3. my two cents
    How Do I Shop for the Holidays Without Wasting Money?Advice from small-business owners and retail experts on dealing with supply-chain issues.
  4. my two cents
    How Can I Afford to Shop Ethically?It’s not as time-consuming or expensive as you think.
  5. money talks
    ‘How I Prepared to Quit’Even if you can afford it, leaving your job takes financial planning. Here’s how five women did it.
  6. parenting
    How Can I Travel Safely With Young Kids During the Holidays?Here’s what some parents are planning (and what pediatricians recommend).
  7. parenting
    Everything We Know About the Delta Variant and BabiesThe youngest children still can’t get vaccinated against COVID — but experts say they’re not likely to get very sick.
  8. my two cents
    My Brother-in-Law Won’t Stop Talking About His Inheritance!It sounds as if he’s just trying to share — but it’s backfiring.
  9. my two cents
    How to Improve Your Finances, No Matter How Messy They AreWhatever your starting point, financial educator Jamila Souffrant has a plan for you.
  10. my two cents
    ‘I’m Out of Student Debt, But I Still Feel Like a Failure’Your next steps may seem daunting, but you should be proud of yourself.
  11. my two cents
    ‘My Husband Won’t Pay for Child Care!’There are a lot of red flags here, but you should start by giving him the benefit of the doubt.
  12. my two cents
    ‘How Can I Get My Spouse to Support My Career Transition?’He needs to know how his money anxiety makes you feel.
  13. how i get it done
    Lauren Bonner on Life After Her Me Too Lawsuit“After going through that, what’s the worst that can happen? Someone doesn’t want to invest in the thing I think they should invest in? Okay!”
  14. my two cents
    How to Gracefully Turn Down Plans You Can’t AffordOtegha Uwagba, the author of We Need to Talk About Money, on dealing with friendship and financial anxiety.
  15. swellness
    How to Sleep When You’re PregnantMy doctor-approved guide to battling pregnancy insomnia.
  16. how i get it done
    How Olympic Gold Medalist Natasha Hastings Trained During Pregnancy“I didn’t enjoy pregnancy. Part of the reason is that I hid it for about six months because I didn’t know how my sponsors would react.”
  17. my two cents
    ‘I Owe My Dad Money, and He Holds It Over My Head’You should pay him back and end this dynamic as quickly as possible.
  18. my two cents
    ‘I Don’t Drink, But My Friends Still Want to Split the Bill!’No, it’s not cheap to ask for separate checks.
  19. my two cents
    ‘I Just Found Out About My Wife’s Big Trust Fund!’That’s nice, but don’t get ahead of yourself: That money doesn’t necessarily belong to you.
  20. my two cents
    ‘I’m Sick of My Siblings Leaning on My Parents Financially’You may not like it, but your parents are part of this problem.
  21. minding our business
    ‘What I Learned From Seeing My Business Fail’Three successful entrepreneurs on the wisdom they gained from setbacks.
  22. minding our business
    Survival Secrets From Small-Business OwnersSix women share the advice no one gave them when they were starting out.
  23. my two cents
    ‘Should I Keep Living With My Parents to Save Money?’Staying might be the better financial choice, but don’t fall into the trap of saving money just for the sake of it.
  24. my two cents
    ‘Help! My Friend Wants Me To Pitch in $400 For a Baby Shower’That might fly in some circles, but the important thing is that it doesn’t work for you.
  25. my two cents
    ‘I’m Worried About My Mom’s Finances!’ You’re right to be concerned, and the best thing you can do is bring it up with her.
  26. my two cents
    ‘I’m Never Going to Be Financially Secure, So Why Try?’It won’t serve you to take an all-or-nothing approach to caring about money.
  27. my two cents
    ‘What I Learned About the Cost of Giving Birth’Having a baby in the U.S. is astronomically expensive. Here’s how five women dealt with it.
  28. my two cents
    ‘Can I Ask to Be Paid for the Work I’m Doing for a Job Interview?’You’re unlikely to get compensation, but you can try setting some boundaries.
  29. my two cents
    ‘My Building Is Offering Free Rent — But Not to Me!’There may not be much you can do, but there are plenty of things you can try.
  30. my two cents
    ‘It’s Been a Year Since I Lost My Job’Three women on looking for work during the pandemic.
  31. money talks
    What It Costs to Reopen a BusinessThree business owners on making a comeback after they closed because of COVID-19.
  32. my two cents
    ‘My Husband Won’t Stop Overspending on Worthless Crap!’This might be a normal reaction to stress, but you need to address it with him.
  33. my two cents
    ‘How I’m Spending My Stimulus Check’Six women on what they plan to do with their money, from taking maternity leave to helping out family members.
  34. my two cents
    ‘My Sister Is Mad I Didn’t Buy Her Rich Husband a Gift!’She can’t demand you spend money on him, but I think there might be more going on here.
  35. second acts
    The Moment I Realized My Second Act Could WorkNasim Alikhani opened her first restaurant to rave reviews at the age of 59.
  36. my two cents
    ‘I’m Behind on Rent and Don’t Know What To Do’There are a few different things you can try to get out of your lease.
  37. how i get it done
    Peloton’s Top Instructor Isn’t Above a 10-Minute WorkoutRobin Arzón on the sanctity of workouts, and how to say “no,” guilt-free.
  38. my two cents
    ‘I’m Moving In With My Girlfriend. How Should We Split Rent?’Just by communicating about how to share expenses equitably, the two of you are already a step ahead.
  39. my two cents
    I Already Blew My Budget. How Can I Get Back on Track?Don’t freak out. Focus on taking small, concrete steps to meet your goals.
  40. my two cents
    ‘My Sister Is So Cheap and It’s Driving Me Nuts!’She might not know better, or she could just be a jerk. You won’t really know unless you talk to her.
  41. my two cents
    ‘How Can I Afford the Therapy I Need?’You shouldn’t have to choose between your mental health and your financial future.
  42. my two cents
    How Do I Save Up an Emergency Fund?Saving money isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be so hard, either.
  43. outerwear
    One Way to Make This Winter TolerableIt involves vintage snowsuits.
  44. my two cents
    ‘I Actually Saved Money in 2020. What Should I Do With It?’Don’t just focus on an emergency fund — figure out what you actually want to save for.
  45. my two cents
    Money Lessons From a Truly Terrible YearWhat personal finance experts learned from 2020.
  46. my two cents
    What’s the Best Way to Donate to Charity If You Don’t Have a Lot to Give?Advice on putting your money where your mouth is.
  47. my two cents
    ‘I Lost My Job and My Husband Keeps Criticizing My Spending’How to communicate about money when your income gets cut in half.
  48. my two cents
    ‘I Have to Make Money Somehow’Five people on finding creative ways to make money during the economic downturn.
  49. my two cents
    ‘Many of These Women Don’t Even Know They’re Being Abused’Economic abuse was insidious before the pandemic, but COVID has made it worse.
  50. my two cents
    What Does Biden’s Student Loan Plan Mean for You?Breaking down what the president-elect can and can’t do without control of Congress.
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