May 13, 2016
LOOKING BACK, what do you wish someone had told you before you sat in the human resources department at your first real-world job and faced that pile of paperwork? I was fortunate. Before I started working full-time as a reporter, my grandmother Big Mama passed along - well, more like drilled into me - three money lessons. They laid the groundwork for a lifetime of financial security. For college grads and other young folk entering the workforce, here's her priceless advice. * Spread your money around . Big Mama told me to get four banking accounts at two different institutions.
February 9, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Nine years ago, I married a man who has a son from a previous marriage. "Eli" is now 26 and lives "on his own. " While he may live under a different roof than his parents, they support him financially. My husband and I pay Eli's car insurance, cellphone bill, toll tag, life insurance policy and whatever other things come up (passport, gym membership). Eli's mom assists with all of his utility bills, in addition to depositing money in his account monthly. They even turned over Eli's 529 tuition account to him. I have tried explaining to my husband that they are enabling Eli, and the umbilical cord should have been cut years ago. Eli has never earned more than $12,000 a year and has no desire to try because he has an endless flow of financial support.
January 10, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: I recently graduated from college and moved in with my fiance. My parents have assumed most of the cost of our upcoming wedding after insisting we have a big, formal one. I'm still on their cellphone plan, and car and health insurance policies. I do not agree with my parents' religious or political views. However, my mother regularly sends me texts criticizing me for responding to family members' negative comments about my very general and inoffensive status updates. She says she's "disappointed," and then she and Dad threaten to not pay for the wedding.
January 3, 2016
Question : I recently reserved a midsize rental car in Shannon, Ireland, for myself, my wife, and another couple through Hertz. At the airport, a Hertz representative upgraded us to an SUV, which sounded bigger, but was not. We were given the keys to an Opel Mokka, which was so small we could not fit our bags into it without putting two of them on our laps. I have driven stick-shift cars for 53 years, but when I started driving this car, I had trouble getting it into gear. I must say I was a bit frazzled, as the car was so small and there were four of us in it. I did get it going, but noticed a smell coming from the car right away, so I drove it around the airport block back to Hertz.
December 28, 2015 |
Do you ever wonder about all the factors that go into how much you pay for car insurance? The answer isn't as simple as it might seem. There are dozens of factors that go into how much drivers pay for auto insurance. "Auto insurance used to be so easy," said Ken Henry, owner of Henry Insurance Agency in Cincinnati. "All you needed to know was someone's age, accidents or tickets and city or county. If your neighbor had the same car, was your age with a similar driving record, and was with the same insurance company, you both got the same rate.
November 26, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Uber and Lyft drove toward legal status in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. On its final voting day before a Thanksgiving break, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that creates provisions to permanently legalize the ride-sharing services. The companies, which connect riders and drivers through mobile apps, currently operate on temporary licenses throughout most of the state. In Philadelphia, both offer service despite lacking the required licenses. The bill would require ride-sharing companies to perform background checks for all potential drivers, mandate a certain level of car insurance, keep records of the vehicles used by all drivers, and implement a "zero-tolerance" policy for drug and alcohol use by drivers on the job, among other provisions.
July 17, 2015
LIKE MANY rental-car customers, my husband and I declined the expensive insurance offered at the counter. We knew we were covered through our auto-insurance carrier. Additionally, the credit card we use covers rental cars. In my mind, if we did get into an accident, I would just use the coverage offered by the credit-card company. But during our recent vacation, we came out one morning to climb into our Town and Country minivan and found that the bumper had been hit. Or so we thought.
June 17, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm a 28-year-old gay man who recently graduated with a liberal-arts degree. I always have struggled to support myself. I'm often discouraged because of professional and personal mistakes, which leads me to be pessimistic about my future. I want to date. I know love isn't going to be the save-all, but it would be nice to hang out with someone from time to time. My problem is, in the past men have been critical of my lack of success. They are often unimpressed with me. Successful men won't date me. Yet I feel intellectually incompatible with the blue-collar guys I've been with.
June 10, 2015
THIS WEEK CNN rolls out a documentary on the '70s, following its remembrance of the '60s, a decade regarded as the most revolutionary in American history, aside from the Revolution itself. Wrong. The most revolutionary period in American history is now . The '60s brought a sea of changes to music, movies, fashion and to what had been largely a patriarchal society. (Think "Mad Men. ") It was the beginning of feminism and an attempt to dismantle institutionalized and discriminatory American laws and customs.
August 25, 2014 |
The empty nest is vastly overrated. Turns out, teenagers, especially when they are yours, are rather fun to have around, and far better conversationalists than toddlers. They make a joyful racket. I was dreading the moment when our daughter, our younger child, left for college. I made a list of choices. Travel more. Upend life. Acquire dog. The dog, it appears, will have to wait. After quite a few years and a couple of thousand bylines, this is my final column for The Inquirer.