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Post from Cari: Learning to Spend Wisely

The trajectory is blown to hell. I knew it, but I’m finally saying it out loud. Pre-2008, my husband and I were on that upward path. Based on our education and earnings, we bought a beautiful house, two cars, traveled to far-flung places and...

Dealing with Supermarket Mystery Meat

Grilling season kicks off on Memorial Day. But there’s pink slime in the hamburgers! The idea that you could be eating up to 25% “lean, finely textured beef” (a.k.a. LFTB, a cheap filler made from ammonia-treated beef trimmings) isn’t just...

Get On (a) Board

I’ve always believed in giving back. I’ve ladled soup for the homeless, sung for the elderly at nursing homes and run/walked more than I can remember. But now that I’m, ahem, older, I want to give—and get—more. So I joined a board. Yes, it’s a...

Your Pre-Death To-Do List

Death is a fact of life. So why do so few of us plan for it? Nearly two-thirds of Americans haven’t done even basic estate planning, according to a recent Forbes article. Thankfully, my father wasn’t among them. As I discovered after he died,...

When You Earn More Than Your Man

Here’s a confession from a breadwinner wife: I’ve been guilty of referring to my own hardworking husband as a stay-at-home dad—when he’s not. My husband has worked part-time, consistently, since our son was about six months old. Yet in my mind,...

Book Review: Mean Moms Rule

No one is happier than this mom about the hot retro trend, back to the old-fashioned, “sit up straight and eat your peas” style of parenting.   I rejoice with every new sign that so-called helicopter parenting is dying—to wit, the arrival of...

Don’t Be a Judge-y Parent

I spend $240 a month for my sons’ piano lessons—$30 per lesson, per kid, per week. It’s a competitive rate for our area, and I love our teacher’s approach. Translation: Even when the $240 is a strain, it has value—for us. But recently another mom...

Should You Hire Your Friends?

Justine Lackey made a mistake by hiring a girlfriend. “Working together was the end of our friendship. No sooner had I paid her than she started to miss deadlines and stop returning emails,” says the founder of Good Cents Bookkeeping. Hiring...

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