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One Mom’s Olympic-size Budget

As my oldest daughter and I watched gymnast Gabrielle Douglas hand-spring her way to an Olympic gold, my 11-year-old saw an idol. I saw depleted bank accounts. An intermediate-level competitive gymnast, my daughter ranked 15th nationally last...

Should You Hide Divorce Plans from Your Spouse?

Katie Holmes used a disposable cellphone to talk secretly to her lawyers, and filed for divorce in Manhattan while Tom Cruise was on location in Iceland. Is this the way to go? Usually not—but it depends. There are three main reasons to let your...

Why I Buy, and Buy Again

A few weeks ago, I caved in to a summer sale, and bought a pair of dark-blue Converse slip-ons I’d been coveting. Apparently I had no clue that I owned two other pairs of sneakers—both dark-blue as well. Call the style police—I’m a repeat...

How to Max Your A.M. Energy

Whenever you read about powerhouse people, they always seem to have some kind of annoying pre-dawn routine. Turns out those early birds are onto something, according to Laura Vanderkam’s snappy new e-book, “What the Most Successful People Do...

Thank Stephen Covey for the "Abundance Mentality"

Most people know Stephen Covey, who died Monday, for his still-kicking bestseller, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” We'd like to give a special shout out to # 4: Think Win-Win. Covey is often credited with coining the term “abundance...

Should He Be as Worried as I Am?

I worry about money. A lot. And even when I’m not worrying, I’m probably still thinking about it.  My boyfriend, on the other hand, does not worry nearly as much as I do. If I’m in a twist about finances, his typical response is, “Don’t worry,...

How the Greek Debt Drama Could Affect You

My husband and I were thinking of selling our house this summer, despite the crummy market. But when we asked our realtor if we had a prayer, she said: “It depends on what happens in Europe.” Europe? Yep. You might not be caught up on the fact...

Getting Greedy with My Savings

I'm moving this summer—a shockingly expensive endeavor. So I dumped my tax return into savings, and I’ve doubled my monthly auto-transfer to savings. (Go me!) But I’ve struck an unexpected problem: I don’t want to part with all that cash. Over...

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