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Money 101: How Secured Cards Work

Whether you’re trying to build good credit (or rebuild it), consider a secured card. “Secured cards are perfect for people with thin or damaged credit files,” says credit expert Erica Sandberg, like college students, new grads, or folks who are...

Enjoy the Outdoors—Really

Imagine all the things you like about camping. All two of them: fresh air and gorgeous hikes. Now add an outdoor shower, luxurious tents or cabins, chef-prepared meals, maybe even a butler. It’s called “glamping”—where camping gets a facelift...

Get Ready for Platinum

You boosted your credit score—and you want to upgrade to a credit card with actual… whaddya call them? Perks. Higher-end cards typically offer features like cash back, airline miles, and lower interest rates. How do you know you’re ready for...

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...

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