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How to Start Your Own Philanthropy

You’re proud of the organizations you support, especially at this giving time of year. But many women are drawn to do something more than give money: by starting a niche philanthropic project or group they’re passionate about. Social...

The Case for Buying Refurbished Computers

You’re living in a “pre-owned” home, and it's likely that your car was owned before, too. So why does your computer have to be brand new?    Refurbished computers are as good as or better than their brand-new brothers, and buying one (instead of...

A Cash Plan for Kids

My sons are asking, again, when they’ll get an allowance. I’m ambivalent. After all, I never got an allowance. My parents taught me the value of money; they just didn’t do it by actually giving me any.    But my kids aren’t going to give up, so I...

A Hands-On Way to Pay Down Debt

Debt is such a drag—especially when you’ve got multiple cards with different balances and interest rates.  Yes, I know about the “snowball” method (where you pay off the smallest balances first), but I have two new ideas for you today. First,...

Look Wine-Smart This Summer

Wine should be relaxing—yet choosing wine (especially for your picky friend’s soiree) can be stressful. Remember that time you showed up with a double-wide of Gato Negro?   Here’s an idea that will upgrade your wine profile without compromising...

Wowsa Gifts for Dad Under $45

Mom is happy with brunch and flowers, but buying gifts for Dad’s Day can be such a pain. Most of the stuff he really wants is beyond reach (in-ground pool, Porsche Boxter), or he’s gotten it already (power tools, 45-inch flat screen). Luckily,...

How to Decide Whether to Buy a Home

The economy may be gathering steam, but real estate prices are still falling in many markets. In some rust belt cities, you can buy a house—a house!—for $5,000.  “It sounds like a screaming deal,” says Josh Dorkin, CEO of BiggerPockets.com, an...

Your Easy Summer Budget Worksheet

You’re back from the long, barbecue-and-beer-drenched holiday weekend, and it's time for your annual Holy Cow! moment... Summer is expensive. And it’s here. So what are you going to do about it? Thank your lucky stars for the life-saving...

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