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Gestating...in Style

I’m one of the least fashionable people I know. So how is it possible that I’ve spent over $800 on new clothes lately?  I got pregnant, that’s how. But a handful of new companies are offering mothers-to-be a solution a la Rent the Runway: now you...

Defining Wealth for Kids

I blame Kit, the plucky American Girl Doll who survives the Great Depression. Ever since my daughter Maxine read the Kit books, she’s been asking, “What would happen if Daddy lost his job? Where would we live if the bank took our house?”  And she...

I’m Childless By Choice

I’ve always known that I didn’t want to have kids. When I was a teenager, my friends would talk about getting married and wanting a family. Those comments never resonated for me. People always protested that I should want kids. Friends and family...

Spending Control Tips from a Pro

Americans spend a mind-blowing $1.2 trillion every year on stuff they don’t need. As a professional organizer, I deal with the fallout from shopping gone wrong all the time. Some lessons from closets I’ve seen: DOUBLE TROUBLE: It’s a classic...

To My Husband: What I Really Want for Mom's Day

Save your money. Keep your perfume, tulips, the over-priced cards, and even the breakfast in bed. (Because guess who ends up changing the crumb-encrusted sheets?) What we moms really want for Mother’s Day is relief—for the super-hard,...

Yes, It's OK to Charge Your Kid Rent

So your kid is armed with a shiny new college degree. Next step: moving back home?   “Boomerang kids” are a growing (and not necessarily bad) trend. Returning home has lost its stigma in the recession: 78% of boomerang kids are happy with their...

The Upside of Excess

We've all heard the advice: Get enough sleep, don't overdo the cocktails, and give yourself time to slow down, meditate, get centered. In other words, strive for balance—in your diet, life, and finances. Because then all will be well, right?...

What’s Worth Reading Today

Pool photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images. Poof, it’s gone! House speaker John Boehner has proposed a bill that would postpone dealing with the debt ceiling until mid-May—and would force lawmakers to come up with a 2014 budget by April, or not...

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