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Hacking the Laptop vs. Tablet Debate

They’re small, they’re sleek—and everyone seems to be buying them (it’s rumored that 250,000 Kindle Fires have been pre-sold already). But do you really need to add to your pile of gadgets? In some instances, yes. Fun factor. Most tablets (for...

Designer Decorating Looks for (Way) Less

With the holidays creeping up, now is the time to whip your home into shape. With a little creativity and some DIY spirit, you can pull off high-end looks in your home—and still have money for gifts. Wood Paneled Accent Wall A slick, modern,...

A Pro Organizer De-Clutters Your Spending

Sometimes it makes sense to splurge on a pricier item—sometimes it’s smarter to skimp. But when? Working as a professional organizer, I see both sides of the purchasing problem—homes cluttered with over-priced items—and the frustration caused by...

Decorate Your Walls on the Cheap

Thanks to websites like Etsy, 20 x 200 and I Need Nice Things, it’s easy to score inexpensive artwork—but framing them is still a pricey endeavor. Unless you can get away with not framing, that is. My top three solutions for filling your walls on...

Make Your Home Energy-Smart

Before the temps drop and your heating bill skyrockets this fall, find and fix problems in your home by conducting a home energy assessment. Here’s how:   Do a DIY assessment. Use the Department of Energy’s guide to do-it-yourself energy audits....

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...

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...

Rental Income: Pros and Cons

photo source: pamelaklaffke's shop on etsy Jen Boulden, a small business advisor, didn’t intend to become a landlord. But when a job opportunity pushed her out of Montana and into L.A. in 2009, she had to make a tough choice: Sell her house in a...

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...

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