Money is confusing, and it didn't get any easier to understand the past 12 months. There was a new tax bill, health insurance woes, and massive data breaches to contend with. Between budgeting and Bitcoin, we tried to cover as much as we could to help you understand your wallet a little bit better. Here are some of our best money posts from 2017.
Getting your finances in order takes time. But there are things you can accomplish in a single day that will set you up for longterm success: creating a budget, cutting your bills, creating a debt repayment plan — all are necessary exercises that you can do right now.
Studies show that women are perceived more negatively than men for negotiating their salary — but if you want to bridge the wage gap, you have to do it anyway. Writer Kristin Wong outlines ways for you to overcome your anxiety and do it effectively. For example, you'll likely have more success if instead of thinking of negotiating as a confrontation, you start thinking of it as coming to a mutual agreement.
As much as 40% of the workforce will be freelance by 2020, and there's a lot to know when you're a freelancer/gig worker/contractor that you just don't have to worry about if you're traditionally employed. This explainer provides an overview of things to consider if you pursue that path.
This post was meant as a fun exercise in delineating differences between commonly used payment methods. It evolved into a debate over which is better, and advice for people deciding between the two (you all had a lot of thoughts on that).
Saving is hard, but there are basic steps you can take to get on the right track: start now, automate, and know that it won't be easy. This post on savings advice generated a lot of conversation (enough for a follow-up post), and hopefully it was a good introduction to my thoughts and attitudes about personal finance generally.
What type of posts would you like to see in the coming year? More on savings? Budgeting? Negotiating? Let me know.