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Know Your Biology, Gain Inner Peace

Europe is in an ugly mess and that jobs report the other day made you want to flee to some nice Nordic country that still has jobs and benefits. (Habla Swedish?) We have a better idea.   First, consider: the male response to stress is “fight or...

Wowsa Gifts for Dad Under $45

Mom is happy with brunch and flowers, but buying gifts for Dad’s Day can be such a pain. Most of the stuff he really wants is beyond reach (in-ground pool, Porsche Boxter), or he’s gotten it already (power tools, 45-inch flat screen). Luckily,...

Three Sites That Teach the Value of a Buck

At some point, your little birdies are going to dive out of the nest and directly into a hurricane of credit offers, career decisions, and spending temptations.   Prevent a financial nosedive by teaching them money must-knows before they...

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...

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