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Why I’ll Never Let Love Trump Money Again

There’s a real liability in doing work you love: You may have a harder time getting paid for it. Not because of the nature of the work itself, necessarily, but because you’ve been sold a bill of goods: that the pleasure you derive from your work...

Cash Isn’t Crass – It’s Courteous

When it comes to gift giving, I like to keep things simple. For friends who love my homemade granola, gifting is simple. For my 20-something son working a new job in an expensive city, cash is simple (and very, very welcome.) Gifting time, an...

Cash Is Crass: It’s a Gift, Not a Fees Transaction!

I don’t give cash. Gift cards? Yes. Pre-loaded cash and gift cards? Yes. But I don’t believe cold, hard, out-of-the-ATM cash is a thoughtful gift. It’s the opposite. I used to give cash to the doormen in my building, every holiday, but it just...

You Show Me Yours, and I’ll Show You Mine

I don’t mince words. Never have. And trust me, it doesn’t always work in my favor. But while I can be quick and abrupt, I also waste no time with small talk. I’m willing to lay it all out early on, and if you do too, we’ll likely hit it off.  The...

I Don’t Work for Shoes and You Better Not Either

When poking around social media to find professional women to connect with, I noticed a trend. A disturbing trend: An alarming number of female businesswomen include in their social media descriptor: “Will work for shoes.”   Shoes. Shoes? Shoes?!...

Love and Lending: A Romantic Tale with a Bottom Line

Against all the advice I’ve ever heard about money and relationships, I lent $1,200 to my boyfriend. Not all at once, but in three chunks over a two-month period. It was an astonishingly easy decision for me to make. In fact, it was harder for...

Awkward! How to Handle Sticky Money Situations

There are few things that come between friends and family members as easily as money. From neglecting to pay back borrowed funds to dividing the tab on dinners (or cabs, vacations, you name it), cash can cause friction and hurt feelings. In my...

Want a Richer Life? Practice This Every Day

There are a lot of tried-and-true strategies for increasing your wealth: capitalizing on compound interest, spending less than we make and investing wisely. But there’s one ingredient that’s often left out of most personal finance lessons — and...

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