This weekend, Marketplace Money’s host Carmen Wong Ulrich calculates the cost of homeownership with a first time home buyer. Jennifer wants to buy, but does the math and her motive align with the investment? Plus, what do you do with $500,000 in a savings account? When you meet a fee-only financial planner, how do you prepare yourself to get the most out of that conversation? Author Amy Tan talks pickles and soup. Eating out shaped the way she lives money. And Carmen also gets a guide to rating charities.