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A Penny Saved

Expecting a refund check from the IRS? Most Americans do, and the average refund is over $2,000. Don't use it toward paying bills, buying a new wardrobe or a down payment for a new car or a house. Start an emergency fund. Financial planners think...

5 Ways to Grow Your 401k

It sure is hard to have faith in your 401k. It seems pointless to keep putting money into it every month when the total balance goes down. Plus it seems hopeless that you will ever have enough to retire. While the temptation is to stop...

Reconsider Your Market

Looking out for your bank account is a good thing. In negotiations, if you're struggling to earn what you think you are worth, reconsider who you're selling to. Mikelann Valterra, founder of the Women's Earning Institute, advises women to take...

Where Has All the Money Gone?

Go ahead and pat yourself on the back for not booking that Mexico trip this year, and for buying the 8 GB iPhone instead of the 16 GB iPhone. Then once you're done congratulating yourself, sit back and look at the bigger picture. Are you spending...

8 Ways to Cut Your Credit Card Debt

If you're overwhelmed by nausea every time you even think of using your credit card, you've probably been on the "charge it" carousel just a little too long. Time to get off. But can you possibly climb out of that sizable debt hole you've dug for...

Top Ways to Save on Groceries

My wonderful colleague, Dages Keates of Delicious Dialogues shares her super Top Ways to Save Money on Groceries. Money management tips come in all shapes and sizes. They don't just have to be on your bank statement - you can also get personal...

Is It Time to Invest Again?

I have read some articles these last few weeks that have made me stop and think a bit more than usual about when we should start investing.  This past weekend, an article in the NY Times "Even for Market Veterans, It's Uncharted Territory" mostly...

Write It Off

I have a great accountant and always recommend to my clients to take advantage of their relationship with their accountant. If you don’t have one you feel comfortable with, I would consider finding a new one. One of the reasons I justify paying...

Blankie is to Baby as Work is to Mommy

I've always found comfort in my professional self. The me that puts on tailored clothes, carries a laptop and knows enough jargon to hang with my B-School friends. I'm good at work. It's what I do, who I am. Or was.  Two and a half years ago,...

Don’t Be a Statistic: Mind the Gap

I used to think that people who pored over numbers and stats were geeks, and largely irrelevant to my life, my career, my small corner of the universe. And then I came upon a statistic the other day that made me want to write a letter of apology...

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