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Yes, It's OK to Charge Your Kid Rent

So your kid is armed with a shiny new college degree. Next step: moving back home?   “Boomerang kids” are a growing (and not necessarily bad) trend. Returning home has lost its stigma in the recession: 78% of boomerang kids are happy with their...

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...

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...

Little Luxuries Lift You Up

Five years ago, the economy, my marriage—and my income—all collapsed at once. Then in my late 30s, with two small children, I could barely afford my mortgage, and I was actually ill from financial stress. My mother insisted: Get a treat now. I...

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...

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...

Why I’m Front-loading School Costs

For families with even a drop of cash liquidity, the question almost invariably comes up: public school or private? For my three-child family—for whom “liquidity” is ephemeral at best—the answer should be “public.” But I’m not doing it. I feel so...

Longer Loans Cost More. So?

It’s car-buying season, and new data show that a growing number of Americans are choosing longer car loan terms—as long as seven years. Most personal finance advice would steer you away from the longer loan—because in the end you’ll typically pay...

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