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Balancing Santa, Kids & Budget

When I answered my seven-year-old’s Christmas request for an iPod Touch recently with a “no” (and a side of “are you kidding me?”), he shot back: “But you don’t even have to pay for it! It’ll be from Santa.” I was temporarily stumped, but I...

Why is it so Hard to Split the Holiday To-Do List?

When I was faced with planning my son’s fifth birthday party a few months ago—in the middle of a work crisis—I finally asked my husband to take over. Then I closed my eyes and tried to smack down the voices telling me a) I was a Terrible Mother...

Why Companies Pay You to Get Fit

Hey you, working at your computer, sitting for eight hours straight. Want to make some money for becoming healthier? “Wellness programs” are increasingly available as part of employee benefits packages—and before open enrollment season ends, you...

Next Steps for a Richer New Year

It’s a system designed to fail. Every year, you’re supposed to make New Year’s resolutions right after the holiday blitz—when you’re beat (and usually broke).A smarter idea: Before the upcoming season sucks all the energy and clarity from your...

Getting the Big Banks to Listen Up

The "Occupy" protesters may be getting evicted from their trenches across America, but they're having an impact on financial practices across the country. Not only did Bank of America rescind its notorious debit-card fee, some upstart...

Squash Thanksgiving Over-Spending

It may be the biggest budget buster this time of year: Food. After hosting one dinner party last week, and planning for Thanksgiving next week, I’ve realized two things: Don’t ignore your swelling grocery bill during the holidays, because “it’s...

Gift-Giving When You're the Boss

‘Tis the season of giving, and if you’re the boss, that can be....awkward. Do you give employees gifts or follow the Ebenezer Scrooge School of Management? “A boss should make some sort of gesture to show appreciation,” says business-etiquette...

Retro Gifts Guys Will Love

He loves his rogue past. He won’t give up the motorcycle boots. His man cave is decked out with old arcade games. This year, bring him back to those simpler times—for under $50. A Classic. ($14.99, Retro Planet) “I’d like to buy the world a Coke…”...

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