“Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. This week’s question: I’ve … Continued

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Whenever I earn any money or am given the awesome gift of cash, I keep it safe and secure in an envelope. You read that right: an envelope. The “envelope system” is a way I keep track of where my money goes, and it even works as a savings account. The envelope system works great … Continued

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Do your friends bust your budget? Shannon McNay has tips on bypassing the impulse to buy (while still maintaining your social life). It all started with a Chanel bag.   I was sitting in my apartment, complimenting a friend on her new designer bag. I’d seen this bag carried by plenty of people before, but … Continued

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