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The Truth About My Debt

My husband and I paid off $30,000 in credit card debt after we were married. What got us, and kept us, in that much debt? A flawed sense of what was normal, i.e. entitlement. We didn’t walk around feeling “entitled” to anything—not consciously....

Balancing Santa, Kids & Budget

When I answered my seven-year-old’s Christmas request for an iPod Touch recently with a “no” (and a side of “are you kidding me?”), he shot back: “But you don’t even have to pay for it! It’ll be from Santa.” I was temporarily stumped, but I...

Squash Thanksgiving Over-Spending

It may be the biggest budget buster this time of year: Food. After hosting one dinner party last week, and planning for Thanksgiving next week, I’ve realized two things: Don’t ignore your swelling grocery bill during the holidays, because “it’s...

Gift-Giving When You're the Boss

‘Tis the season of giving, and if you’re the boss, that can be....awkward. Do you give employees gifts or follow the Ebenezer Scrooge School of Management? “A boss should make some sort of gesture to show appreciation,” says business-etiquette...

4 Steps Closer to Saving $1,000!

Last week, we asked you to join us to save $1,000 in six weeks with the power of Mint.com. Here are four tips to get you halfway there—a full $500 in savings. You can do it—it’s only for six more weeks! Eat your own food. Spending $7 every...

A Big Win for Savers

Could you save $1,000 in the next 50 days? We know, it sounds CRAZY. But sometimes going to extremes (for just seven weeks!) is the smartest way to put a nice wad in your wallet. And there’s another payoff: If you join us in the challenge to save...

Don't Let Monster Fares Eat Your Holidays

Holiday travel just got more expensive, as many airlines have added surcharges ranging from $10 to $50 for the most popular flying days. Don’t you hate that? Here’s how to save: Time it right. FareCompare analyzed three years’ worth of fares and...

Women, Power & Appearance

Do people like you more when you wear makeup? A study released this month, by researchers at Harvard and Boston University, supposedly says yes. And people will see you as more trustworthy and competent too. What a sham—and a shame. Yes, the...

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