Figuring Out What You Can Spend on Housing

At some point in their young adult life, nearly everyone will have to figure out how much they can afford to spend on housing. But where to begin is so unclear. There are a few different ways to think about your housing expenses. The average American spends 37% of their (pre-tax) income on housing costs.Continue reading “Figuring Out What You Can Spend on Housing”

Analyzing Financial Realism in Media

New Girl (2011-2018) TV shows and movies should do a better job of portraying people living within the realistic means of their income or wealth level. This short video analyzing realism on television features New Girl, an offbeat show about friends in their early 30s living in modern LA with a focus around a largeContinue reading “Analyzing Financial Realism in Media”

Analyzing Financial Realism in Media

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-Present) TV shows and movies should do a better job of portraying people living within the realistic means of their income or wealth level. This short video analyzing realism on television features It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a sitcom about five terrible people who run a bar in Philly. SpoilerContinue reading “Analyzing Financial Realism in Media”

Analyzing Financial Realism in Media

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-Present) TV shows and movies should do a better job of portraying people living within the realistic means of their income or wealth level. This short video analyzing realism on television features Brooklyn Nine-Nine . Spoiler Alert for all seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Read more about the origins of the Shoval Test andContinue reading “Analyzing Financial Realism in Media”

Analyzing Financial Realism in Media

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) TV shows and movies should do a better job of portraying people living within the realistic means of their income or wealth level. This short video analyzing realism on television features How I Met Your Mother . Spoiler Alert for all seasons of How I Met Your Mother. ReadContinue reading “Analyzing Financial Realism in Media”

Analyzing Financial Realism in Media

Modern Family (2009-2020) TV shows and movies should do a better job of portraying people living within the realistic means of their income or wealth level. Our newest short video analyzing realism on television features Modern Family. Spoiler Alert for all seasons of Modern Family. Read more about the origins of the Shoval Test andContinue reading “Analyzing Financial Realism in Media”

Introducing the Shoval Test

Looking for Financial Realism in Media TV shows and movies should do a better job of portraying people living within the realistic means of their income or wealth level. Television and movies create expectations for viewerson how they should be able to live their own lives. As a real estate investor and personal finance educator,Continue reading “Introducing the Shoval Test”

On Theme Gifts and Planning for the New Year

Looking Toward the New Year In this special end of year episode, the women of Money Funnies discuss personal finance themed gifts and plan for the new year.  One gift idea – for yourself or others – are notebooks to write down financial goals for the year, broken down by the month – plus ideasContinue reading “On Theme Gifts and Planning for the New Year”

Talking to Your Partner About Money

Let’s talk about talking about money!Relationship edition We recently discussed the importance of discussing financial matters with your romantic partner early on when dating. For people already in a relationship, money talks are even more key. Your romantic partner heavily impacts your spending habits. The depth of any conversation about this topic should match theContinue reading “Talking to Your Partner About Money”

How to Talk to Your Dates About Money

Let’s talk about talking about money!Date edition Conversations about money and financial matters are always difficult. But they are so important to have. Read more about talking to your parents about their plans. One of the most awkward but important is talking about money issues with people you are dating. No one in your lifeContinue reading “How to Talk to Your Dates About Money”