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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...

Every Great Outfit Starts With This

Unless you’ve found yourself in an embarrassing fashion crisis of sorts, you probably haven’t given much thought to how important the right undergarments can be (anyone whose skirt has flown up at just the wrong moment knows what I’m talking...

Spend Smartly, Not Sparsely

Why I value being picky over penny-pinching

Wardrobe Basics Worth the Splurge

Everyone loves a bargain. But it may not make sense to scrimp on the pieces you need and love the most. In fact, sometimes the best way to be frugal over time is to invest a little more upfront in the right items. When you calculate the price per...

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