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A Financial Planner Admits Her Money Mistakes

Today’s post is part of a new series called “Life by De$ign,” which explores non-traditional choices that women make in order to make their finances work. I’m a 33-year-old financial advisor, and you can call me Joanna. I invest and manage...

Day 2: Brain teaser for a Better 2013

It’s the post-holiday lull. You don't have to leave your comfy chair to get your brain ready for the New Year, with our four-day Money Fit plan. Yesterday we covered how to stay motivated. Today is vision. Start with our year-end brain teaser....

On Not Springing for an Engagement Ring

There's nothing more romantic than getting engaged during the holidays, complete with a glistening diamond ring. But is that really where you want your soon-to-be married money to go? For millennia, couples exchanged property as part of their...

Shampoo, tissues, and some cute gifts

Let’s be honest: you still need gifts, but you're running out of time. Worry not! With pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens going upscale, you can put together a grab-and-go list of goodies that can piggyback onto that stop for Advil.     For your...

Secure Your Home for the Holidays

Uneasy leaving your home for the holidays? You probably should be. Nearly 400,000 burglaries occur in November and December every year, according to the FBI.  Alarm systems provide some peace of mind, but you want to prevent a break-in, not just...

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...

What to Get Him This Year

It’s gift-giving time. What to get the men in your life? Socks? A newly issued Star Wars box set with extra bonus features? Um … golf stuff?   No, no—and save it for Father’s Day. Here, our quick-and-dirty guide to giving rockin’ presents guys...

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