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Your Easy Summer Budget Worksheet

You’re back from the long, barbecue-and-beer-drenched holiday weekend, and it's time for your annual Holy Cow! moment... Summer is expensive. And it’s here. So what are you going to do about it? Thank your lucky stars for the life-saving...

Buy Sunscreen Without Getting Burned

Thirty bucks for a tiny tube of sunscreen?  Forget the fancy packaging and focus on these factors to get the most protection: DO Choose a higher SPF. Get one between 30 and 50 SPF, reapply often, and zero in on easily missed spots, like nostrils...

This Year, Plan for the Camp Gap

News flash: school ends in June.   It’s time to plan for the Camp Gap—that stretch of time between the last day of school and the first day of camp. Assuming you can’t dash off to Disney World for three weeks or call Nana, here are some child...

The Vicious Shop-and-Return Cycle

Confession: I’m a serial returner. I do it at department stores, cosmetic stores, Costco, and Target. Here’s how the psychology works for me: Instead of hemming and hawing about whether I can afford/need/want something, I just buy it. Or rather,...

The Price of Being a Princess

In this recent post for The Grindstone, I asked women some hard questions—questions that challenge notions of "feminine ideals,"e.g., surrendering investing responsibilities to someone else and idealizing full-time motherhood over...

Why You Might Want a Prenup

Prenuptial agreements have a bad rap. Many couples consider them distasteful and unromantic at best—bad karma at worst. The truth is, a prenup is less like a roadmap for divorce, and more like insurance. A good prenup insures that if you did face...

Little Goodies Make the Holidays Fun

My three kids and I are united on at least one thing: We love Christmas. It’s such a pretty, homey holiday—the baubly tree, the yummy cookies, the suspenseful advent calendar, the festive meals. It’s the little stuff that makes it wondrous. I...

A Special Mother’s Day Infographic

Most of our moms and grandmas have passed on brilliant—even life-saving—financial tips and tricks. (Who else reuses gift bags and Cool Whip containers thanks to Nana?) Of course, they’re only human…so many of them have passed down, shall we...

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