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Spending Control Tips from a Pro

Americans spend a mind-blowing $1.2 trillion every year on stuff they don’t need. As a professional organizer, I deal with the fallout from shopping gone wrong all the time. Some lessons from closets I’ve seen: DOUBLE TROUBLE: It’s a classic...

Child Care—A Vital Investment

In the seven years that my sons were in child care—a period that began when my oldest was three months old and ended when my youngest hit kindergarten—I shelled out upwards of $80,000. It was worth every penny. Handing over that last check, I...

Gestating...in Style

I’m one of the least fashionable people I know. So how is it possible that I’ve spent over $800 on new clothes lately?  I got pregnant, that’s how. But a handful of new companies are offering mothers-to-be a solution a la Rent the Runway: now you...

How Botox Made Me Happier

Around about 2010, I’d had it. The recession had gouged my husband’s income and mine—and we were flat-out broke. As a fretful, 40-something breadwinner for a family of five, I did what no one in my position should: I looked in the mirror. Worry...

Get More for Your Rewards

You spend a lot on your cards and you want all the perks you deserve. With so many options (flights! merch! cash!) how do you get the most for your hard-swiped points?  Best Cash back. Redeeming points for cash is a smart way to go, experts say....

BB Cream: The Multi-tasking Makeup

Hope springs eternal, especially when it comes to the quest for glowing skin. The new hybrid skin-care trend might help. Why apply foundation, concealer, moisturizer, serums, primer, and more—if you can get a product that does it all?Here’s to a...

Why Kids Should Chip in for College

When I was in high school, I worked as a waitress, slinging hot cakes and hash at my local IHOP. My plan: to drive off to college in a lightly-used red sports car. Then my father presented me with my college tuition bill. He asked me to pay the...

Be a Savvy Guest This Summer

The good: You're staying at a friend's house for the weekend. Fun chats and way more relaxing than a hotel. The bad: Guest-gift anxiety. What do you bring?It depends on how long you’re staying, says etiquette expert Anna Post, describing the gift...

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