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On Not Springing for an Engagement Ring

There's nothing more romantic than getting engaged during the holidays, complete with a glistening diamond ring. But is that really where you want your soon-to-be married money to go? For millennia, couples exchanged property as part of their...

Shampoo, tissues, and some cute gifts

Let’s be honest: you still need gifts, but you're running out of time. Worry not! With pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens going upscale, you can put together a grab-and-go list of goodies that can piggyback onto that stop for Advil.     For your...

Gift Guide for Gals

She doesn’t need more clothes. You’re not sure of her shoe size. So what to get the gals on your list? Here, three fresh choices.   For the … time-pressed health nut She’s already resolved to eat more leafy greens—but long workdays sap her will...

The Hidden Cost of Free Stuff

You spot a $79 sweater online that your sister will LOVE. But wait. The shipping charge is $10—whereas if you spent just $20 more, you’d qualify for free shipping.  Obviously if you spend $20 more, the shipping isn’t “free.” But if you pick...

Get Your Gift Stash Ready

Ever gotten ready for a holiday get-together only to realize at the last minute that you (dun-dun-DUN) have no gift?   Do not panic-sweat through your festive attire. Instead, create a holiday gift closet now, before the ‘daze begins—a time-saver...

Holiday Card Rapid Execution Plan

In my life-long desire to seem somewhat “domestically inclined"—as opposed to my reality as an executive mom always running for trains, tripping over unfolded laundry, stepping on Legos (ouch)—I’ve struggled with certain holiday obligations.  ...

A Joint Holiday Solution

You and your mate own your share of financial friction, but you hate it when money tension messes with your holiday spirit. Solution? Join our Date Night Extravaganza! By pledging to set aside a little togetherness time in the coming weeks—just...

Hire a Public Insurance Adjuster

In the case of a huge storm like Hurricane Sandy, which affected millions of homeowners and renters, insurance company delays could be even longer than the gas lines last weekend. What can you do? Hire a public insurance adjuster, who will assess...

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