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Money Rules: “My Friend Lost My Camera!”

Q: My friend borrowed my digital camera for her vacation, but she just emailed me to say that she lost it. I assume she’ll offer to replace it when she returns, but what if she doesn’t? A: Ideally, your friend will come back, bringing you a new...

Lower Utility Bills Now

Have you ever tried to reduce your utility bills (electricity, cable, wireless, etc.)? Probably not, says a 2010 survey by WhiteFence. Only 50% of Americans have shopped around—or haggled with their current providers. In fact, 39% don’t even...

A Money Book with Fresh Advice. No Really.

I loathe most personal finance books. Typically they're dull and preachy, and they all seem to cover the same ground. So you can imagine my relief—and delight—to read "The Real Cost of Living", by our own Money Fix expert, Carmen Wong Ulrich....

5 Rules of Regifting

To regift or not to regift? It's possibly the most polarizing question in all of etiquette. To some, it’s as tacky as tacky gets. To others, it’s driven by a desire to be practical, and give away things they know they will never use. My take? I’m...

Girl Powered Giving

When I was at the Pennsylvania Governor's Conference for Women in October (speaking about women and retirement), I was among the many who were surprised by a last-minute appearance by New York Times journalist Sheryl WuDunn. She was there to talk...

Tacky, Tasteless & Scary—Gifts to Avoid

It's staaaaarting... the fake trees, the blow-up Santas, the holiday pressure that can lead you to buy really strange stuff. Fear not! A quick trip through our little shop of horrors will remind you to spend wisely.   Price: $9.99-$13.99 Shrub...

Social Econom-icks

Someone recently asked me whether it was rude to use an expensive vodka bottle and fill it with a cheaper brand, to “keep up appearances.” I think this gets the Oscar for Most Ridiculous Question I've been asked. First of all, you could pour the...

She Looks, He's Not Buying It

The first time my girlfriend and I argued about money, it involved a fancy furniture catalog. She pointed to a glossy photo and said, “I really like this side table. What do you think?” What did I think? Of a $500 side table? Was she kidding? At...

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