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10 Things We Haaaate About the Holidays

Yes, the holidays can be a jolly time. They’re also expensive, exhausting, full of weird relatives and pressure-cooker traditions. Here, the ten things that fry our tinsel this time of year: Three days of cooking—30 minutes of eating. Digging...

Releasing Shame Around Limitation

Last week I was in Whole Foods. On the rare occasion I'm feeling flush, it's the first place I want to go. Thanks to my bankcard budget, I knew I had a firm cap of $70 to spend on groceries. When I got to the register—with my cart full of organic...

Give Where the Women Are

When you give aid to women, what happens? Studies show that women use the support they get to build and enrich their communities. You give, they give (and you may get a tax break)—a triple win. Here, three groups doing terrific work for women:...

The New Normal: Hanging in There

Wasn’t it supposed to be easier by now? I’m 45 years old, my husband is 42. We have college degrees, professional careers, and years of work behind us. And we’re struggling. Whereas our parents struggled to attain their spot on the middle-class...

Use Biz Smarts to End Holiday Money Tension

Cramming in 20 end-of-year meetings and events, deciding what to spend on in-laws, kids, charities and (oops!) each other—why do the holidays bring on a firestorm of financial tension? “Money gets wrapped up with all of the typical holiday...

Gifts Kids Will Love

Buying for kids packs a surprising amount of stress. If they don’t like what you’ve gotten them, they’ll tell you. Never fear—these gifts are guaranteed to please, and they’re all under $20. Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters ($5.49, Perpetual Kid)...

Be Happy, Spend Better, Save More

You’ve known since childhood that money doesn’t lead to happiness—but can happiness lead to money? Laura Vanderkam, author of the upcoming book All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending, says yes. “Smart...

Rethinking Your Holiday Tipping Philosophy

The holiday tip. How did a simple gesture meaning, “Hey, thanks for all your help this year!” morph into a angst-ridden calculation of Who, Why and How Much? Is it because we outsource so many services? Because these days a heartfelt card seems...

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