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Spending

Be Ready for the Worst-Case Scenario

Suppose the first thing your boss says to you tomorrow is, “Clean out your desk.” Any idea how you’d manage? Time for a financial fire drill: Imagine paring down your current expenses and creating a plan to cover just the basics. “Basic” means...

Spring Arepas & Baby Mustard Salad

You’re on a budget and pressed for time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well.    This easy, inexpensive weeknight meal balances seasonal greens with the dense deliciousness of cheesy corn cakes.   Do you want more easy and affordable...

April’s Best Buys: Rain Gear, Vacuum Cleaners, and Used Cars

What do raincoats, vacuum cleaners, and used cars have in common? They’re all on sale this month!   April showers bring a once-a-year flood of rain gear to the market, and retailers have to move it quickly. Wade into the store before the sun...

Repent at Tax Time for a Year of Spending Sins

Every year at this time, because of the inevitable confluence of Easter and tax day, my inner Catholic gets resurrected, big time. This year’s guilty, post-itemizing revelation: What the hell happened to our budget, and where did all our money...

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...

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