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Gift Guide for Gals

She doesn’t need more clothes. You’re not sure of her shoe size. So what to get the gals on your list? Here, three fresh choices.   For the … time-pressed health nut She’s already resolved to eat more leafy greens—but long workdays sap her will...

The Hidden Cost of Free Stuff

You spot a $79 sweater online that your sister will LOVE. But wait. The shipping charge is $10—whereas if you spent just $20 more, you’d qualify for free shipping.  Obviously if you spend $20 more, the shipping isn’t “free.” But if you pick...

Get Your Gift Stash Ready

Ever gotten ready for a holiday get-together only to realize at the last minute that you (dun-dun-DUN) have no gift?   Do not panic-sweat through your festive attire. Instead, create a holiday gift closet now, before the ‘daze begins—a time-saver...

Holiday Card Rapid Execution Plan

In my life-long desire to seem somewhat “domestically inclined"—as opposed to my reality as an executive mom always running for trains, tripping over unfolded laundry, stepping on Legos (ouch)—I’ve struggled with certain holiday obligations.  ...

A Joint Holiday Solution

You and your mate own your share of financial friction, but you hate it when money tension messes with your holiday spirit. Solution? Join our Date Night Extravaganza! By pledging to set aside a little togetherness time in the coming weeks—just...

Hire a Public Insurance Adjuster

In the case of a huge storm like Hurricane Sandy, which affected millions of homeowners and renters, insurance company delays could be even longer than the gas lines last weekend. What can you do? Hire a public insurance adjuster, who will assess...

Beauty Boosters: Worth It?

I’m sure that if I gave up fast food, exercised, ate seven servings of fruits and veggies every day, and slept nine hours a night, I could look and feel a lot better than I do.    But I’ve got a job. And a toddler. Translation: I need an easier...

Update Your Closet With a $1K Spree

You hate everything in your closet from last fall. (Why did you buy that poofy “Mad Men” dress, the suit with shorts?) Hanging on to old trends feels pointless—yet getting rid of them feels wasteful. You don’t want to contribute to some other...

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