Susan Gregory Thomas

Susan Gregory Thomas
How We Stay in Denial About Money Issues

How We Stay in Denial About Money Issues

When you’re in a relationship, you cover wide-ranging territories. You navigate terra incognita together, find your happy place, build on it. But sooner or later, you’ll wander unawares into your boo’s landmine field…

4th of July and Financial Freedom

4th of July and Financial Freedom

What would really liberate you in life, ladies? That is, what would make you feel truly free? What are your passions? Your goals? Your dreams?

If you’re first response was, “You mean, if I had the money…

Independence Day and Financial Freedom

Independence Day and Financial Freedom

It’s the 4th of July weekend, America: our party for the right to independence! Crank up the Sousa! Rock out with your cookout! Watch rockets’ red flare — fireworks bursting in air! We’re free! You…

3 Big Reasons Not to Sweat Brexit

3 Big Reasons Not to Sweat Brexit

“Brexit.” It’s the first word most of us heard this morning — and you’re not alone if you thought there’d been a global health emergency involving a bad run of English digestive…

Plan to Retire Someday? You’ll Want One of These

Plan to Retire Someday? You’ll Want One of These

If “retirement account” translates to you as “no comprendo,” you’re in distinguished company. Celebrated writer E.B. White famously wrote a scathing essay assailing the government for making even basic tax forms impossible to…

Separate Money =  Sane Marriage

Separate Money = Sane Marriage

I’m told that sharing a checking account with one’s spouse is practical. I’ll never know—I can’t do it.

All relationships have landmines; mine involve money. When I was 13, my father—whom I adored—had…

Why I’m Front-loading School Costs

Why I’m Front-loading School Costs

For families with even a drop of cash liquidity, the question almost invariably comes up: public school or private? For my three-child family—for whom “liquidity” is ephemeral at best—the answer should be &ldquo…

Saying ‘Yes’ Pays Off

Saying ‘Yes’ Pays Off

When I moved to Philadelphia a year ago, I was broke—25 years of living in New York, the past five of it as the breadwinner for my family, can do that. Don’t focus on making new…

How Botox Made Me Happier

How Botox Made Me Happier

Around about 2010, I’d had it. The recession had gouged my husband’s income and mine—and we were flat-out broke. As a fretful, 40-something breadwinner for a family of five, I did what…

Little Luxuries Lift You Up

Little Luxuries Lift You Up

Five years ago, the economy, my marriage—and my income—all collapsed at once. Then in my late 30s, with two small children, I could barely afford my mortgage, and I was actually ill from financial stress. My…

How the Creative Class Lives Now

How the Creative Class Lives Now

On paper, my husband and I look like rich snoots. I went to Columbia, published two books, and write for fancy newspapers and magazines. My husband is an upscale antiques restorer who’s worked in Los Angeles, Paris, Copenhagen…

One Mom’s Olympic-size Budget

One Mom’s Olympic-size Budget

As my oldest daughter and I watched gymnast Gabrielle Douglas hand-spring her way to an Olympic gold, my 11-year-old saw an idol. I saw depleted bank accounts. An intermediate-level competitive gymnast, my daughter ranked 15th nationally…