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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...

What I Gained From Losing in Las Vegas

The first time I hit roulette on the nose — red 23 — I hadn’t even been looking at the wheel or where the ball landed. I never assumed I’d win. And most times, I was right. But then I hit it. Then a few minutes later, I hit it again — this time...

The Best Returns You'll Ever Get on Your Money

When you think of investing, you probably envision checking a box on your 401(k) paperwork or clicking some buttons on an online trading platform. These are important ways to invest, of course, but there’s more to it than that. Whether you’d call...

Why I Spent $350 on Underwear -- and Would Do It Again

My bra collection was in sorry, sorry shape. Unmentionable unmentionables. Underwires poking out, grubby lace abounded. The left shoulder strap of my favorite smoke-colored satin demi was stitched on by hand. All these shoddy underthings created...

Say It Loud: I’m Cheap and I’m Proud

For the past five years, my family’s prime mode of transportation has been a banged up 1997 Subaru. I bought it used back in 2004 before I knew how to drive — at 37, I was late getting behind the wheel — figuring it would protect me from...

Does Music Make You Spend More?

Next time you’re bopping your head to the beat at your favorite boutique or humming along to the songs at Starbucks, consider this: The music you’re listening to may directly influence how much money you spend there. In fact, the soundtrack...

How I Broke the Cycle of Being Broke

I grew up in the very opposite of what I define as financial freedom.   I was one of six kids raised by my dad.  He was a great father, but he had his hands full trying to provide for us on a factory worker’s salary. It was almost impossible to...

6 Beliefs About Money That Can Cost You

When it comes to money beliefs, most of us have gotten past the hoary old chestnuts like, “Men earn and women spend” and “money’s the root of all evil.” But there’s a whole other genre of money messages that may seem harmless—until you start...

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