Yearly Archives: 2011

Hang On to Your Cash in 2012

Hang On to Your Cash in 2012

You’re on a quest to become a smarter spender—and we’re right beside you, fighting the battle between wants versus needs, cheap versus frugal, good versus … you know.

In the name of victory (or at least sanity) we…

Your Future, One Step at a Time

Your Future, One Step at a Time

Legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes once said, “Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.” He’s probably right. But some folks have day jobs. And hobbies. And several back episodes of Parenthood to watch. So…

Stash Your Cash the Right Way

Stash Your Cash the Right Way

When you nail down the knack of saving in one area, the ripples spread to the rest of your life. Start here: Yes, saving for the big stuff (retirement, college, a new house) is key. But what about the small…

Boost Your Money-Making Power

Boost Your Money-Making Power

You work hard for the money. So hard for it, honey. So we’d better treat you right … and we are, with this round-up of our fave earning stories of 2011:

Lo and behold: “female” skills—like encouraging others…

Your Budget’s Best Friend

Your Budget’s Best Friend

Maybe you’re a spreadsheet wonder woman, color-coding like there’s no tomorrow. Maybe you get queasy just glancing at your bank statement (ATM fees—gah).

No matter what, you’ll love our top five budgeting stories of 2011…

DIY Gifts for Deadline Shoppers

DIY Gifts for Deadline Shoppers

I give DIY gifts every year, and I’m obsessed with finding fresh ideas that look pretty and polished. This year, try these three easy, meaningful gifts that work alone or as a bundle:
 

Patterned coasters. These coasters…

Waking Up From My Investing Coma

Waking Up From My Investing Coma

Photo Source: Severine’s photostream on Flickr
Last year, I read Amanda’s posts about recovering from her money coma with a sense of relief. I too was stuck—in an investing coma. During the ten years I…

Take a Volunteer Vacation

Take a Volunteer Vacation

Yearning for a getaway, but craving something more compelling than sipping Mai Tais in Maui? A "volunteer vacation" could do you a world of good—while enabling you to do some good in the world. So…

10 Things We <i>Haaaate</i> About the Holidays

10 Things We Haaaate About the Holidays

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Yes, the holidays can be a jolly time. They’re also expensive, exhausting, full of weird relatives and pressure-cooker traditions. Here, the ten things that fry our tinsel this time of…

3 Ways to Ease Travel Stress

3 Ways to Ease Travel Stress

Whenever you travel, especially around the holidays, keep a few stress relievers up your sleeve:
 

Emergency exits. When a family visit goes sour, or a canceled flight leaves you stranded, take heart. Smartphone app HotelTonight offers rooms at up…

Releasing Shame Around Limitation

Releasing Shame Around Limitation

Last week I was in Whole Foods. On the rare occasion I’m feeling flush, it’s the first place I want to go. Thanks to my bankcard budget, I knew I had a firm cap of $70 to spend…

Festive Looks for Less

Festive Looks for Less

Take the “I have nothing to wear” stress out of holiday parties. Here, three ways to get a fashionably festive look on the cheap (and on the fly).
 

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Banish bland. Start with a top…

Take Advantage of the Spousal IRA

Take Advantage of the Spousal IRA

One of the scary things when you aren’t working (besides covering the bills) is the fear of falling behind in your retirement. Enter the spousal IRA.

If you’re married and filing jointly, this option basically enables your working…

Build Your Savings Muscle

Build Your Savings Muscle

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Six weeks ago, we invited you to to save $1,000 in 50 days. It was ambitious, to say the least: $20 a day, or $140 a week—a pipe dream for most…

Give A-List Gifts (and Win a Trip for Yourself)

Give A-List Gifts (and Win a Trip for Yourself)

 

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6 Strategic Moves for the Office Party

6 Strategic Moves for the Office Party

At that messy intersection of co-workers, bosses, disco music, soggy appetizers and alcohol, you find: The Holiday Office Party. It can be mildly awkward (did you need to see your boss’s voguing dance moves?), a career wrecker…

Give Where the Women Are

Give Where the Women Are

When you give aid to women, what happens? Studies show that women use the support they get to build and enrich their communities. You give, they give (and you may get a tax break)—a triple win.

Here, three…

The New Normal: Hanging in There

The New Normal: Hanging in There

Wasn’t it supposed to be easier by now?

I’m 45 years old, my husband is 42. We have college degrees, professional careers, and years of work behind us. And we’re struggling.

Whereas our parents struggled to attain…

Use Biz Smarts to End Holiday Money Tension

Use Biz Smarts to End Holiday Money Tension

Cramming in 20 end-of-year meetings and events, deciding what to spend on in-laws, kids, charities and (oops!) each other—why do the holidays bring on a firestorm of financial tension?

“Money gets wrapped up with all of…