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Molly Triffin

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Molly Triffin worked at Cosmopolitan for eight years, where, as features director, she wrote about everything from wrongfully convicted prisoners to dangerous plastic surgery trends, and also supervised special projects and events. She had a glass-walled office overlooking the Hudson River, spent way too much money on way too tall shoes, and went out nearly every night of the week to places teeming with nerdy glasses and PBR.

Two years ago, her life transformed when she moved with her ski addict husband to Stowe, Vermont. Now, considering she writes freelance pieces from a pine-paneled office overlooking Mt. Mansfield, stops for every single pedestrian, and knows the best way to stack wood (criss-crossed with a few inches of space between each log), she’s nearly adjusted to life in the land of golden retrievers and Subarus…of which she has both.

Are You Committing Financial Infidelity?

Several years ago, a friend of mine admitted she had a bank account her husband didn’t know about so that she could spend from her secret stash on the sly. And recently, an acquaintance who owns a luxury jewelry store revealed to me that some of...

Meet 6 Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the World

CEOs are frequently seen as profit-driven with a laser-beam focus on the bottom line. But many female entrepreneurs have another goal in mind: According to a University of Cincinnati study, women are more likely than men to use business as a...

My Savings Changed My Life: 7 True Stories

We know you’ve probably heard this mantra drilled into your brain over and over: One of the smartest financial moves you can make is to save money in an emergency fund. But despite all the airplay, many people still aren’t on board. According to...

Overcoming Overspending? Here’s How to Stop the Urge to Splurge

Does this scenario sound familiar? You’re at Bloomingdale’s and fall in love with a sleek wrap dress that’s out of your price range. Still, on a whim, you try it on for fun — not intending to buy it, of course. Then the salesperson gushes about...

Travel Well, Pay Less

It’s vacation season! So get ready for beautiful beaches, breath-taking mountains…and overpriced hotel rooms. Luckily, there are savvy ways to outsmart the sky-high rates and nab yourself a sweet deal.  For example, I spent last Memorial Day...

Beware These 9 Common Overspending Triggers

No matter how sensible with money you usually are, there are times when your budget is at risk of getting hijacked. “Emotionally charged circumstances make us prone to overspending,” says financial psychologist Brad Klontz, managing partner at...

11 Money Mistakes You Probably Don’t Know You’re Making

Three years before reaching retirement age, a friend of mine quit his (full-pension, government) job, and soon began subtracting money from his 401(k) in order to pay off his mortgage. This was obviously a huge lapse in financial judgment, but it...

Is This Coming Between You and Success?

My sister was recently job-hunting, and got a call back from a firm after she’d already accepted a position elsewhere. Still, she decided to go to the interview just for practice and when the big day finally rolled around, she realized she felt...

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