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Repent at Tax Time for a Year of Spending Sins

Every year at this time, because of the inevitable confluence of Easter and tax day, my inner Catholic gets resurrected, big time. This year’s guilty, post-itemizing revelation: What the hell happened to our budget, and where did all our money...

A Tool for Wedding Guests on a Budget

Wedding season is upon us, and my boyfriend and I have been invited to seven this year.   A potential budget crisis? Definitely. But I couldn't find a good planning tool to help. So I made my own.   I priced out an entire wedding season's (gulp)...

Planting the Seed

File it under “facts I wish I’d known when I was 30.” You need a little pot of money stored away for when your parents age—especially if you’re a woman. Some two-thirds of caregivers are female relatives, and I’m now one of them, coping (along...

Supreme Court Debates Health Care Law

This has been a big week at the Supreme Court, as justices heard arguments relating to the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010—but is now being challenged.  At the core of the law is the “individual mandate”: the requirement...

Raising $ for Medical Musts

Know someone with sky-high healthcare bills? You might. Three million households spend 18% of their incomes on out-of-pocket medical expenses. It’s an awful burden, on top of a crisis or chronic illness. Now you can help with GiveForward.How it...

Babysitter Backup Plan

It’s what Donald Rumsfeld called the “known unknowns.” At some point this winter, your kids will be home sick, and your sitter will be snowed in—or sick as well. That's why every working mother needs a backup plan. Start here. Strategize....

A Brain-Powered Emergency Fund

Saving is an art, but there’s a science to doing it well. To pack more power into your “It’s an Emergency!” savings effort, try these: Think “one.” If you have a few savings goals, cut back. You save more when you zero in on one goal at a time,...

Skinny Mailbox, Fat Wallet

Welcome to part two of RESTART 2012, a painless four-part financial scrub-down that will have you in fighting shape before you can say “FICO.” You can read part one here. Want to control spending? Get a grip on your mail. Three-quarters of...

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