The idea of a single, childfree woman usually conjures images of a wealthy woman at a high-paying job who attends the gym regularly. She can often be seen with shopping bags in one hand and the latest phone in the other, heading into Starbucks to buy whatever the most expensive coffee on the menu is.

The American Spinster: Financial Series
No kids? BUY ALL THE THINGS!

It’s appealing but, for most of us, definitely not reality. In the real world, spinsters need to watch their money just as much as anyone else. That’s why this week and next I’m going to be looking at several of the most important elements of money management for the childfree woman.

Below is the lineup for this series. Links will be added as they’re posted.

1. Keeping A Roof Over Your Head And Money In The Bank (Monday’s Spinster How-To)
There are many wonderful aspects of living alone, but the price tag isn’t one of them. The adage that “two can live as cheaply as one” is certainly true in terms of rent or mortgage payments. How can middle- to low-income spinsters maintain domestic independence without going broke?

2. Growing Your Savings: A Spinster’s Guide To Getting The Most Out Of Interest (Wednesday)
You work hard for the money, so it’s time to make it work for you. This post covers how to safely invest your money, especially when you don’t have a lot to play with.

3. Financial Guides for American spinsters (Friday’s Spinsterly Read)
For this week’s Spinsterly Read post, I’ve compiled a list of the most helpful books on finance for single and childfree women.

4. Start Saving Like You Have Kids (Monday’s Spinster How-To)
Women without the recurring expenses that children bring should resist the temptation to spend the same amount that parents do. Learn how to put (part of) that extra money in savings without living like a pauper.

5. Investing In What You Buy (Wednesday)
Every purchase you make can be an investment with the right point of view. Learn how to shift your thought process to make wise decisions, even on “frivolous” purchases.

6. Wishing Your Way To Financial Freedom: The Disney Princess Method of Financial Planning (In Place of Friday’s Spinsterly Read)
Disney gets a lot of flack for the old-school morals promoted in their older princess films. But were they actually on to something?

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