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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...

Should We Pay to Rebuild?

New Jersey Army National Guard aerial views shows the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast. Photo Credit: Reuters The East Coast has barely begun to assess the cost of recovery after superstorm Sandy last month. It will be...

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...

Election Clues from the S&P

Can the stock market predict the outcome of a presidential election--especially one as tight as this? Historically yes, sort of. Since 1900, if the S&P 500 posts gains from July 31 to October 31 prior to an election, the incumbent saw a victory...

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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