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Confessions of a Serial Returner

Most recently, it was a pair of turquoise jeans that didn’t feel like me. Before that, a sweater with a rough seam that escaped notice at the store. The black suede heels, while pretty, were never going to work. These items might languish in some...

Does Music Make You Spend More?

Next time you’re bopping your head to the beat at your favorite boutique or humming along to the songs at Starbucks, consider this: The music you’re listening to may directly influence how much money you spend there. In fact, the soundtrack...

The 3 Most Common Spending Triggers—and How to Beat Them

Does this sound familiar? You feel fried after a long day at work. You stop in the bathroom on your way out of the office, get one look at your sallow complexion, and the next thing you know you’re dropping $100 on “skin-brightening” makeup....

Does Preemptive Retail Therapy Work?

Who hasn’t sought out retail therapy after suffering a blow to the ego or a particularly bad week at work? Now new research from Northwestern University suggests that we also use retail therapy to cast a protective spell before a potentially...

9 Tricks to Negotiate Anything

My husband was on the phone with a nursing home he and his siblings had chosen for their parents, when I heard him ask, “Can you do anything for me on the price?” My jaw dropped. My husband—who’s a nice guy, by the way—has a mantra: Everything’s...

V-Day Gets a Refresh

Modern women need a V-day upgrade. Rather than overspend on cheap chocolate or a prix fixe dinner, let’s channel some of that romantic energy into rocking how you want to look and feel this year. After all, this is also the first week of the...

Smart Shopping Hacks for Great Deals

You want those Gucci Chain-link sunglasses.  But they are $330 retail. Ouch. Still, they’d make you look like a CEO and feel like Trinity from the Matrix. Is the movie star effect you might get from the splurge worth the potential buyer’s...

How to Put Some Money in Your Designer Bags

Most women think of the dividends their handbag might yield in terms of looks and style. But a real power bag can also return some of the hundreds (or thousands) you put into it when you tap into the high-end resale market.   “Classic, covetable...

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