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Cost of Living

When you're negotiating a new job, a good salary is relative to the portion of the country in which you live. For instance, making $50,000 a year in the rural midwest will get you much more than downtown Manhattan. Use our tools to find out how much people make in different parts of the country and read the latest articles related to cost of living.

Cost of Living Advice

  • 5 Ways to Figure Out What You're Worth

    It’s always a sticking point during an interview. When a hiring manager asks you what your salary requirements are, it can be difficult to answer. Ask for too much, and you could end up pricing yourself right out of the job. Venture too … Read more...

  • 10 Things You Should Negotiate Other Than Salary

    You’ve gone through several rounds of interviews and have finally landed the job of your dreams. The problem is; your dream job doesn’t come with a dream salary. But before you pass on the position, there are many non-salary benefits that … Read more...

  • 9 Ways Working from Home Saves You Money

    While telecommuting jobs may pay slightly less than the same job done from a traditional office, there are a number of cost-savings associated with working from home that more than make up the difference. Here are 10 ways that working from … Read more...

  • How to Successfully Negotiate Relocation Assistance

    For most people my age, short or long-term relocation has become the norm. It has also become the norm for people my age to be in debt with school loans and the cost of living expenses growing every year. So even though each move brings the … Read more...

  • Home Ownership Rates Decline While Student Loans Soar

    The teens and 20s are always a tricky time for young adults trying to launch careers, move into their own households, figure out their finances, and generally establish themselves as grown-ups. And when an economic crisis hits in the middle … Read more...

  • Why Everything You Know About Saving Money is Wrong

    For 30 years we’ve been dealing with stagnating income -- income inequality, plunging net worth. The role of personal finance has been to tell us that we can save and invest our way out of it: We will be financially virtuous, we will cut … Read more...

  • 8 Reasons You Should Take a Pay Cut

    Just a few decades ago, the thought of taking a pay cut was preposterous. A history of a steadily climbing paycheck as you advanced through your career, gaining experience and promotions, was seen as proof that you were on the right track. … Read more...

  • Increasing the Minimum Wage: Pros & Cons

    Supporters of a minimum wage increase argue it will help America's poor earn more, while providing an economic stimulus. But opponents claim it will end up hurting unskilled laborers. In the heat of a contentious election season, will … Read more...

  • How the Fall of the Euro Will Affect Us All

    Europe. Land of classic artistic masterpieces, of perfect flaky croissants, of crushing debt that threatens to destabilize the global economy. Read more...

  • Make Expiring Tax Cuts Work for You

    It has been just a few blessed weeks since April 15, when we all emerged from stacks of 1099s and W-2s and declared ourselves ready to forget about taxes for another year. Not so fast. The tax cuts put in place during the previous … Read more...