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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...

Money Rules: Can the Bride & Groom Ask for Cash?

Q: I'm planning my wedding and I'd like to ask for cash gifts instead of doing a traditional registry. My fiancé and I already live together—we don't need china or a blender—but my mom says that's tacky. Is it?A: Good etiquette has always said...

Less Is The New More: My Spendy Spouse

For me, slimming our budget from two incomes to one has meant eliminating all the unnecessaries. So when I noticed that my husband was making daily purchases of $3 here, $2 there, for snacks at work, my blood boiled. Did I need to point out that...

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