MP Dunleavey

MP Dunleavey
Inflation Translation

Inflation Translation

Remember when a slice of pizza was $1 or a cup of coffee was 50 cents? (If that was before your time, bear with us.) These days, depending on where you live, a slice is about $2 and a cup…

Tax Facts for the Jobless

Tax Facts for the Jobless

If you were unemployed in 2012, or if you’re still out of work, make sure you know your tax facts—many Americans don’t. Did you know…    …that unemployment benefits are taxable? If…

Reclaiming “Wealth”

Reclaiming “Wealth”

photo source: regophotoart’s shop on etsy
A few times a year, I have the honor of teaching a personal finance seminar at my alma mater, Barnard College, in Manhattan. The class is called “Preparing for Life After College…

In Praise of Outsourcing

In Praise of Outsourcing

MP with her son
My husband and I have been squabbling over outsourcing for years: laundry, housecleaning, lawn care. For him, it’s about money. For me, it’s about time.   
The details change, but…

Should We Pay to Rebuild?

Should We Pay to Rebuild?

New Jersey Army National Guard aerial views shows the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast. Photo Credit: Reuters
The East Coast has barely begun to assess the cost of recovery after superstorm Sandy last month. It…

Live Tips from Anderson Cooper

Live Tips from Anderson Cooper

Not only did Anderson Cooper and his co-host today, financial guru Suze Orman, pack a ton of value into Anderson Live—off camera, a young pastor from Michigan, one Katie Baker, did “the Worm.” Seeing my…

I Thought We Had a Deal

I Thought We Had a Deal

I recently bought a Groupon for a haircut and color at an uber-fancy Manhattan salon. It was pricey, $150, but not much more than what I’d normally pay. I was pretty excited. I’d been letting…

Goji Berries? I Don’t Think So

Goji Berries? I Don’t Think So

Last year it was those pricey juice cleansers. Before that it was the pomegranate craze (hello, teeny bottle for $4.99), and then the superfood fad—with everyone buying kale and blueberries (and paying extra for organic). Now there…

Does Your Kid Need a Budget?

Does Your Kid Need a Budget?

If you’re feeling bombarded with back-to-school expenses, activities, and the wallet-popping cost of child care—I hear you. With my son entering first grade this fall, it just hit me that I need a…

A Tribute to Helen Gurley Brown

A Tribute to Helen Gurley Brown

I still remember when I found a used copy of Helen Gurley Brown’s landmark 1962 bestseller, “Sex and the Single Girl,” nearly 40 years after its heyday. By then it was the era of Carrie Bradshaw…

Why I Buy, and Buy Again

Why I Buy, and Buy Again

The Lazy Shoe Zen | Photo Source: leonardparker1’s Etsy shop
A few weeks ago, I caved in to a summer sale, and bought a pair of dark-blue Converse slip-ons I’d been coveting. Apparently I had no…

Alpha Moms Pretty Happy—What?

Alpha Moms Pretty Happy—What?

Confession: As a conflicted breadwinner mom, I was hoping—OK, assuming—that our recent survey of breadwinner women would back up my cranky view of modern marriage, where the wife drags home the bacon, while her beta husband…

Celebrating Nora Ephron

Celebrating Nora Ephron

So much has been said already about the immense contributions Nora Ephron made during her not-quite-long-enough life—to film, journalism, even food—that I’d like to put the spotlight on something more personal…

Coping with Teacher Gift Guilt

Coping with Teacher Gift Guilt

Last year Amanda and I fretted over Camp Gap—the stressful break between school and camp. Today it’s the end-of-year teacher gift debacle.
 
Amanda contributed cash to her preschool kids’ class gifts&mdash…

How the Greek Debt Drama Could Affect You

How the Greek Debt Drama Could Affect You

My husband and I were thinking of selling our house this summer, despite the crummy market. But when we asked our realtor if we had a prayer, she said: “It depends on what happens in Europe.”
Europe?
Yep…

The Food Bill: Can You Hack It?

The Food Bill: Can You Hack It?

How much do I hate my grocery bill? Enough that I’m constantly reading cost-cutting tips. It’s my hobby (and cheaper than quilting or golf).
My fave find this week: Frugalhacks! Here are two tips, run…

Coping With the Curveballs

Coping With the Curveballs

You know what makes me feel like a million bucks? My curveball account.
What’s a curveball account—as opposed to an emergency fund, or run-of-the-mill savings?
A) It’s for surprise expenses; B…

Repent at Tax Time for a Year of Spending Sins

Repent at Tax Time for a Year of Spending Sins

Every year at this time, because of the inevitable confluence of Easter and tax day, my inner Catholic gets resurrected, big time.
This year’s guilty, post-itemizing revelation: What the hell happened to our budget…

When You Earn More Than Your Man

When You Earn More Than Your Man

Here’s a confession from a breadwinner wife: I’ve been guilty of referring to my own hardworking husband as a stay-at-home dad—when he’s not.
My husband has worked part-time, consistently…

Book Review: Mean Moms Rule

Book Review: Mean Moms Rule

No one is happier than this mom about the hot retro trend, back to the old-fashioned, “sit up straight and eat your peas” style of parenting.
 
I rejoice with every new sign that so-called helicopter…