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Last-Minute Holiday Gifts That Don’t Seem Like They Were

In true form, I’ve waited until rather late in the game to tackle the ol’ holiday gift list. Figuring out teachers’ gifts, what to get the in-laws and how much my kids need from Santa causes me real trauma, so I’ve pushed shopping way down on my...

Awkward! How to Handle Sticky Money Situations

There are few things that come between friends and family members as easily as money. From neglecting to pay back borrowed funds to dividing the tab on dinners (or cabs, vacations, you name it), cash can cause friction and hurt feelings. In my...

13 Shopping Strategies for End-of-Year Sales

Take it from me, a black-belt shopper: There’s an art to shopping — and sale shopping requires extra finesse. Scoring big at sale time means something different to every woman. For some, it might mean that you can finally scoop up that one...

The Best Returns You'll Ever Get on Your Money

When you think of investing, you probably envision checking a box on your 401(k) paperwork or clicking some buttons on an online trading platform. These are important ways to invest, of course, but there’s more to it than that. Whether you’d call...

5 Smart Tips for Traveling Safely

I like to think of the lead-up time to a vacation as the “honeymoon phase”: dreamily perusing guidebooks and making lists of the must-sees I’ll be touring in some beautiful, foreign locale. This is before the “marriage phase” kicks in: the trip...

The Best Days To Get Discounts on Almost Anything

Love a good deal? Sometimes finding the best ones depends not just on finding the right place to buy, but on choosing the right day to shop.   “Consumer shopping behavior varies by day of the week, and retailers respond by differing promotions...

How Much Can You Negotiate? More Than You'd Think.

Negotiating is a tricky, tricky game. I prefer doing it over email: I ponder my moves, come to a decision and slide the page back across the virtual table. I understand the basics of negotiation, but no matter what I know, getting down to the...

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