How to Survive a Divorce: A Firsthand Account

divorcedPlease enjoy this post from my brother, Brian Porter.  Brian is a father of six kids and works in insurance subrogation.  After his wife asked for a divorce earlier this year, Brian began the long journey of rebuilding his life and finding a new “normal.”  [Read more...]

Should Married Couples Combine Finances?

holly foxA couple of weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal asked me to write an essay about whether married couples should combine their finances.  And of course, I was all about it.  In fact, I was downright giddy because I love writing about controversial stuff.  Seriously, it’s my fave.  Anyway, I wrote a 600-word essay about why I think married couples should combine their finances, and another woman wrote an essay taking the opposite stance.  If you want to check it out, you can read it all right here: [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Comcast

comcastDearest Comcast,

When I started writing this open letter, I wasn’t sure how I should begin.  I mean, you’ve shown me exactly how little you value me as a customer through various actions (and non-actions), including everything from hanging up on me, to mailing me random things, to neglecting to show up for appointments.  All of these things have shown me that you truly don’t care, so I’m probably wasting my time here.  But I have to begin somehow, right?  So let’s start this off with a quote, shall we? [Read more...]

4 Ways to Get Out of Financial Trouble Fast

fireCreditors can be overbearing when it actually comes to collecting their funds. And it makes sense; debt collectors typically work on commission, so it’s in their best interest to collect as much as possible.  The follow four options aren’t conventional, but they may provide relief from the constant phone calls, hassle, and stress that unruly debt collectors often lay on their victims.  In financial trouble?  Consider these four temporary solutions: [Read more...]

Backpacking Orlando On a Budget

FloridaBeachI know, I know.  I wrote about how I refuse to take my family to Disney World a few months ago, and I haven’t changed my mind.  However, there is still plenty of things to do in Orlando that have nothing to do with perverted hidden messages in children’s films or giant (scary) people-sized characters.  Want to know more?  Check out this post for how you can see Orlando on a budget. [Read more...]

Europe for Cheap: How to Travel Abroad for $200

londonEveryone thinks you’re a baller when you can go to Europe just for the hell of it.  I mean, international travel is so darn expensive, am I right?  To start with, long-haul flights can be extremely costly.  And hotels?  Forget about it.  Fortunately, you don’t actually have to pay for your airfare -or even your hotel- if you don’t want to.  Yes, I’m serious, and to prove it, I’m totally going to Europe for less than $200 bucks this fall. Here’s how:

Related: Want to See Europe for FREE?  Do This! [Read more...]