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Freshen Up Your Makeup for Spring Without Spending a Lot

It’s the little things I love that herald the coming of spring, like the first few crocuses poking out of the snow or the chatter of birds. I also love being able to put away the heavy creams and lipsticks that made me presentable all winter,...

How to Look Like You Spent a Fortune

While there are certain clothing items worth an extra investment (like a coat and boots that will last you many seasons), you don’t have to break the bank to have a chic wardrobe overall. With a savvy strategy, it’s possible to give off the...

10 Ways to Work a White Tee at the Office

Flexible staples are the foundation of an effective professional wardrobe. Without them, you’re left staring at your closet wondering what to wear — a frustrating and time-consuming scenario. Buying a few pieces that can transform into multiple...

The Secret to Successful Budgeting? Splurge a Little

When the birth of my second child left me completely overwhelmed, and a bit depressed about the monotony of my life, I instituted a new house rule: Mommy doesn’t cook on Friday nights. The (nearly) three-meal-a-day routine had worn on me when my...

Get Almost Everything You Want – for Less

I’ll never forget my best money-saving moment. A few years ago, I went into an upscale boutique in New York City and tried on a gorgeous, floor-length, black-and-gold chiffon halter dress that was perfect for my friend’s upcoming black-tie...

When It’s Worth the Splurge: Luxury vs. Basic Fabrics

You may not thoroughly inspect every item that lands in your shopping cart, but you likely invest some time at the grocery store reading food labels. After all, it’s important to know what’s going into your body. Armed with the nutritional...

What I Learned From Living in an Ashram

On some subliminal level, I’ve convinced myself that if I surround myself with financially successful people (like my friends in New York City who work at hedge funds or for large corporations or who are successful entrepreneurs), I will become...

When Bargain Shopping Is Bad for Your Budget

There are few things I love more than finding a good deal.   This passion of mine took root early: As a middle schooler and teen, I would often accompany my mom on trips to discount stores like Ross and T.J. Maxx to partake in what we called...

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