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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...

Post from Cari: Learning to Spend Wisely

The trajectory is blown to hell. I knew it, but I’m finally saying it out loud. Pre-2008, my husband and I were on that upward path. Based on our education and earnings, we bought a beautiful house, two cars, traveled to far-flung places and...

DailyWorth and SELF Want to Hear From You

Are you stressed about money? You’re not alone.  Even though the economy is showing signs of recovery, the day-to-day is as challenging as ever for millions of women. We want to help. DailyWorth is partnering with SELF magazine to tell the story...

Make Your Own Luck

I feel lucky this month. Lucky to be editing DailyWorth, fortunate to have readers like you—and excited that “Get Lucky” is the theme for March. Want to know one of my lucky secrets? Hint: It’s not because I’m Irish. “Chance favors the prepared...

Why Every Woman Should Watch Downton Abbey

I was hooked by Downton Abbey for all the usual reasons: gripping plotlines, gorgeous clothes, Maggie Smith. But I became obsessed with the hit PBS series because of its depictions of female financial life, barely a century ago. Mining a British...

For Love And Money

Hola, DailyWorth! Welcome to February and to our new addition: the monthly editor’s letter. From me to you, with news and inspiration. It’s going to be a love-ly month, and not just because of all the heart-shaped candy lying around. First, the...

Quiz: Use Your Noggin to Pay Down Debt

People argue about the best way to pay down debt. Your best strategy might boil down to brain chemistry, according to new research from the growing field of neuroeconomics. One key issue seems to be whether you’re a “delay of gratification”...

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