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Could Your Phone Become Your Wallet?

You can do a lot with your money on a smartphone, from checking balances to calculating tips. Soon you’ll be able to go shopping. In theory. Thus far, the so-called mobile wallet is making more headlines than transactions. A recent study found...

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”...

Hang On to Your Cash in 2012

You’re on a quest to become a smarter spender—and we’re right beside you, fighting the battle between wants versus needs, cheap versus frugal, good versus … you know. In the name of victory (or at least sanity) we’ve rounded up our top five...

DIY Gifts for Deadline Shoppers

I give DIY gifts every year, and I’m obsessed with finding fresh ideas that look pretty and polished. This year, try these three easy, meaningful gifts that work alone or as a bundle:   Patterned coasters. These coasters are a crafter’s dream....

3 Ways to Ease Travel Stress

Whenever you travel, especially around the holidays, keep a few stress relievers up your sleeve:   Emergency exits. When a family visit goes sour, or a canceled flight leaves you stranded, take heart. Smartphone app HotelTonight offers rooms at...

Festive Looks for Less

Take the “I have nothing to wear” stress out of holiday parties. Here, three ways to get a fashionably festive look on the cheap (and on the fly).   H&M Banish bland. Start with a top or dress in a bold color or pattern. Add a richly textured...

Use Biz Smarts to End Holiday Money Tension

Cramming in 20 end-of-year meetings and events, deciding what to spend on in-laws, kids, charities and (oops!) each other—why do the holidays bring on a firestorm of financial tension? “Money gets wrapped up with all of the typical holiday...

Gifts Kids Will Love

Buying for kids packs a surprising amount of stress. If they don’t like what you’ve gotten them, they’ll tell you. Never fear—these gifts are guaranteed to please, and they’re all under $20. Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters ($5.49, Perpetual Kid)...

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