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When Data Leaks

You know you should protect yourself when you shop online, but this week’s hack of Zappos.com puts a fresh twist on how to do that. The hackers only accessed data like names, emails, and addresses—no credit card numbers. But that’s enough...

Is a Break Within Your Means?

This is part one of an ongoing series about being financially prepared for a divorce. Read part two and part three. I am convinced that the second most-common New Year’s resolution—after going to the gym—has got to be getting divorced. Starting...

Could Your Phone Become Your Wallet?

You can do a lot with your money on a smartphone, from checking balances to calculating tips. Soon you’ll be able to go shopping. In theory. Thus far, the so-called mobile wallet is making more headlines than transactions. A recent study found...

Quiz: Use Your Noggin to Pay Down Debt

People argue about the best way to pay down debt. Your best strategy might boil down to brain chemistry, according to new research from the growing field of neuroeconomics. One key issue seems to be whether you’re a “delay of gratification”...

Hang On to Your Cash in 2012

You’re on a quest to become a smarter spender—and we’re right beside you, fighting the battle between wants versus needs, cheap versus frugal, good versus … you know. In the name of victory (or at least sanity) we’ve rounded up our top five...

DIY Gifts for Deadline Shoppers

I give DIY gifts every year, and I’m obsessed with finding fresh ideas that look pretty and polished. This year, try these three easy, meaningful gifts that work alone or as a bundle:   Patterned coasters. These coasters are a crafter’s dream....

3 Ways to Ease Travel Stress

Whenever you travel, especially around the holidays, keep a few stress relievers up your sleeve:   Emergency exits. When a family visit goes sour, or a canceled flight leaves you stranded, take heart. Smartphone app HotelTonight offers rooms at...

Festive Looks for Less

Take the “I have nothing to wear” stress out of holiday parties. Here, three ways to get a fashionably festive look on the cheap (and on the fly).   H&M Banish bland. Start with a top or dress in a bold color or pattern. Add a richly textured...

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