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Use Biz Smarts to End Holiday Money Tension

Cramming in 20 end-of-year meetings and events, deciding what to spend on in-laws, kids, charities and (oops!) each other—why do the holidays bring on a firestorm of financial tension? “Money gets wrapped up with all of the typical holiday...

Gifts Kids Will Love

Buying for kids packs a surprising amount of stress. If they don’t like what you’ve gotten them, they’ll tell you. Never fear—these gifts are guaranteed to please, and they’re all under $20. Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters ($5.49, Perpetual Kid)...

Rethinking Your Holiday Tipping Philosophy

The holiday tip. How did a simple gesture meaning, “Hey, thanks for all your help this year!” morph into a angst-ridden calculation of Who, Why and How Much? Is it because we outsource so many services? Because these days a heartfelt card seems...

Best New Giftable Kitchen Gadgets

Whether you’re shopping for the Rachael Ray in your life—or someone who just likes to throw a stylin’ party—you can put some serious spice in her chutney with these gifts ($40 and under). State of the Union ($40, Etsy) Whether she hails from the...

Avoid Holiday Impulse Buys

The smarter you get, the more retailers try to outsmart you. Although a new study from Deloitte shows that 90% of people know what they’re buying before they get to a store (and about 66% shop when products are on sale)—anxious retailers are...

Free, Must-Try Shopping Smartphone Apps

Everyone wants to streamline their holiday gift hunt, but downloading (and decoding) a bunch of mobile shopping apps can seem like more effort than it’s worth. So I took a few to the mall to test-drive them. Here are three free ones that work...

Next Steps for a Richer New Year

It’s a system designed to fail. Every year, you’re supposed to make New Year’s resolutions right after the holiday blitz—when you’re beat (and usually broke).A smarter idea: Before the upcoming season sucks all the energy and clarity from your...

Retro Gifts Guys Will Love

He loves his rogue past. He won’t give up the motorcycle boots. His man cave is decked out with old arcade games. This year, bring him back to those simpler times—for under $50. A Classic. ($14.99, Retro Planet) “I’d like to buy the world a Coke…”...

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