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A Tool for Wedding Guests on a Budget

Wedding season is upon us, and my boyfriend and I have been invited to seven this year.   A potential budget crisis? Definitely. But I couldn't find a good planning tool to help. So I made my own.   I priced out an entire wedding season's (gulp)...

Rev Up Your Car Care

A badly-maintained car will cost you a little now—and a lot down the road. Lori Johnson, president of Ladies, Start Your Engines!, offers this advice for savvy car care that will save you money: Open the glove compartment. Your owner’s manual...

Best Travel Rewards Cards

‘Tis the season to rack up some serious travel rewards points. Just make sure your card matches your spending style, says card expert Beverly Harzog.    If you...want a straightforward, high-yield program: Go with the Capital One Venture...

Book Review: Mean Moms Rule

No one is happier than this mom about the hot retro trend, back to the old-fashioned, “sit up straight and eat your peas” style of parenting.   I rejoice with every new sign that so-called helicopter parenting is dying—to wit, the arrival of...

Does College Still Pay Off?

You’ve heard the horror stories: parents shelling out $30,000 only to watch their kid drop out of school, college grads with debt in the six figures and no job prospects. Is college still worth it? The average student now leaves college with...

Don’t Be a Judge-y Parent

I spend $240 a month for my sons’ piano lessons—$30 per lesson, per kid, per week. It’s a competitive rate for our area, and I love our teacher’s approach. Translation: Even when the $240 is a strain, it has value—for us. But recently another mom...

Will You Get Any Mortgage Help?

You’ve heard the news: thanks to a national mortgage settlement five major banks will pay out $25 billion to help troubled borrowers in 49 states. The question is whether you’ll reap any of those benefits. Use this guide to decide—and plan...

Planting the Seed

File it under “facts I wish I’d known when I was 30.” You need a little pot of money stored away for when your parents age—especially if you’re a woman. Some two-thirds of caregivers are female relatives, and I’m now one of them, coping (along...

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