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Spending

A Bright Idea About Spending

Not long ago, I was closing my bedroom window when I knocked my lamp off the bedside table for the hundredth time. It clattered to the ground as the bulb busted and the lampshade flew off. I wanted to scream. The lamp was a hand-me-down from a...

3 Ways to Handle a Destination Wedding

So your best friend is throwing her dream wedding, and you’re invited. Cool! The only problem? It’s in Cabo San Lucas: about 2,300 miles and $3,465 from where you live.What now? Whether you decide to attend or not, there are polite ways to handle...

Avoid That Spending Avalanche

Have you ever bought a pair of gorgeous new heels that somehow mysteriously forced (forced!) you to buy a snazzy new dress to match? Followed by lipstick—or a handbag? Hmmm? If you’re nodding your head (or glancing guiltily at the DSW box in the...

Money Rules: Your Wedding, Their Money—How to Ask

Q: I'm hoping my parents will contribute to our wedding—but we've never discussed it. How do I ask? A: Before you mention anything to your families, make sure you and your fiancé are on the same page. Use the wedding budget worksheet on The Emily...

FSA Money: 4 Days to Use It or Lose It

The grace period for spending down the 2010 funds in your flexible-spending account is up on March 15. Remember, whether you allocated $200 or $2,000 to be saved in your FSA last year, those are use-it-or-lose-it funds. Not every company provides...

The Money Fix: Arden's Quest for Spending Control

Expert: Amanda Clayman Reader: Arden Age: "old enough to know better" Location: Massachusetts Welcome to Season 1 of The Money Fix! With the help of top national money experts, nine DW readers will tackle real-life money problems, and blog about...

Maybe Girlfriends Aren't a Spending Hazard

So guess who spends more when shopping with friends?   Women, who love to shop together, because they egg each other on (“Ooh, that looks so cute on you—you have to get it!”). Men, who rarely shop in groups, but get competitive when they’re with...

Be Careful What You Pay For

When you set out to make a purchase—especially a big one like a new phone, car, or even home—do you end up buying what you really want? A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research finds that people tend to choose an item they want...

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