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Buy Sunscreen Without Getting Burned

Thirty bucks for a tiny tube of sunscreen?  Forget the fancy packaging and focus on these factors to get the most protection: DO Choose a higher SPF. Get one between 30 and 50 SPF, reapply often, and zero in on easily missed spots, like nostrils...

The Vicious Shop-and-Return Cycle

Confession: I’m a serial returner. I do it at department stores, cosmetic stores, Costco, and Target. Here’s how the psychology works for me: Instead of hemming and hawing about whether I can afford/need/want something, I just buy it. Or rather,...

Get Through Airport Security Faster

How much do you hate standing barefoot and beltless in an airport security line, waiting to submit to inspection by a “porno scanner”?   Now you can “upgrade” to a new express route through security, bypassing the hassle.   The Transportation...

Warren vs. Wall St....Why We Give...& more

Elizabeth & Goliath. She may be a Senate newbie, but reports indicate that Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has just landed a seat on the powerful Senate banking committee—the better to continue her crusade for consumers’ financial rights.   It’s...

Post from Cari: Learning to Spend Wisely

The trajectory is blown to hell. I knew it, but I’m finally saying it out loud. Pre-2008, my husband and I were on that upward path. Based on our education and earnings, we bought a beautiful house, two cars, traveled to far-flung places and...

Get On (a) Board

I’ve always believed in giving back. I’ve ladled soup for the homeless, sung for the elderly at nursing homes and run/walked more than I can remember. But now that I’m, ahem, older, I want to give—and get—more. So I joined a board. Yes, it’s a...

A New Wrinkle in Botox

Cosmetic procedures continue to gain popularity, despite the downturn.   One of the most common reasons new patients give for polishing their appearance: To give themselves an edge in the job market.   Although one study shows that your looks can...

A Vital Deposit for Your Child

Would you bank the umbilical cord blood of your newborn?    The controversial practice has been getting more air time this fall, thanks to the endorsement of reality show stars Giuliana and Bill Rancic, who banked their newborn’s cord blood.  ...

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