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How to Regift Without Getting Caught

How to Regift Without Getting Caught

Admit it. You’ve totally taken a present you were just given, gone home, and rewrapped it to give to someone else. More than 75 percent of Americans think regifting is socially acceptable and 42 percent admitted to regifting last…

10 Unexpected Things That Need Spring Cleaning

10 Unexpected Things That Need Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning usually means organizing closets, driving all those boxes labeled DONATE to your local clothing drive, washing down patio furniture, and other big, highly visible projects. So it’s easy to forget about the little things that keep…

Insurance Premiums on Mortgages Decreasing

Insurance Premiums on Mortgages Decreasing

The federal agencies tasked with boosting homeownership may have finally found their silver bullet when it comes to getting first-time and millennial home buyers off the fence.

Earlier this year, the Federal Housing Administration began reducing mortgage insurance premiums…

I Tried to Eat Well on $4 a Day

I Tried to Eat Well on $4 a Day

I first got the idea to eat on $4 a day when I read about graduate student Leanne Browne launching the Good and Cheap cookbook as a free downloadable PDF. Her intention was to educate people on very limited food…

What to Know Before Buying a New Car

What to Know Before Buying a New Car

Buying a brand-new car (buying used warrants a whole ’nother article) can be an intimidating, exasperating process, especially if you go into it unprepared. After you’ve narrowed down the makes and models, you’ll need to do more…

Personalized Gifts for Women with Style

Personalized Gifts for Women with Style

Anyone can buy a gift card, the equivalent of “I have no idea what you want but care enough that you should get something.” But to find the holy grail of giving, the “perfect gift,” the one that makes eyes…

How to Spend Less on Food

How to Spend Less on Food

How much is too much to spend on food?

“Typically, after mortgage or rent, which are fixed costs, most of my clients’ highest monthly expense is food,” says Shannon McLay, author of Train Your Way to Financial Fitness and founder…

5 Self-Sabotaging Money Traps

5 Self-Sabotaging Money Traps

The last thing I expected as I headed up the freeway from San Diego to Los Angeles was a money trap. Traffic? Yes. Frustration and delays? Naturally. But a money trap? Never.

Halfway there I had a choice: jump on…

10 Things to Throw Away Right Now

10 Things to Throw Away Right Now

You don't need to wait until spring cleaning to declutter. In fact, the start of the new year is an even better time to simplify and get rid of things you don't need. "Stuff takes…

How to Stock Your Bar on a Budget

How to Stock Your Bar on a Budget

We’re in the full holiday swing, and while some might rent out posh venues for blowout fêtes, or arrange tasting menus at chichi restaurants, there’s no need to drop serious dough to celebrate.

Instead, have friends and…

Affordable Art: 50 Prints Under $50

Affordable Art: 50 Prints Under $50

 

See those bare walls in your home or office? They’re screaming: Decorate me! I am so sad.

One of the best things about our hyperconnected world is that it gives us a chance to discover people, products…

The Best Way to Outsource Chores

The Best Way to Outsource Chores

As you look back on 2014, you probably think fondly of all the time you spent washing dishes, doing laundry, and scrubbing the bottom of the — wait, no?

Most people — completely reasonable people — see housework as a giant, unrewarding, never…

5 Things That Used to Be Free

5 Things That Used to Be Free

Once the purveyor of all things free and often the subject of copyright infringements due to consumers uploading videos, Google Inc.’s YouTube is starting a music subscription service for $9.99 a month, which is the same price…

Take Advantage of Black Friday

Take Advantage of Black Friday

’Tis the season of buying and spending. Or so it seems. If you’re like me, the thought of lining up in the cold, dark night to pounce on a discounted TV or half-price sweater makes you recoil. But…

Common Shopping Mistakes That Cause You to Overspend

Common Shopping Mistakes That Cause You to Overspend

Up to 16 percent of Americans suffer from shopping addiction, or a compulsive habit of buying with significant adverse consequences, according to a study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. And while shopping may not be such a serious…

How to Get the Best Price on Your Next Car

How to Get the Best Price on Your Next Car

So, you’re getting ready to buy a new car and you’re wondering where to begin. The good news: You’ll find no shortage of information on the web as to pricing, negotiating strategies and even…

How Menus Trick You Into Spending More

How Menus Trick You Into Spending More

The next time you’re perusing a menu, treat it with the same caution you would a pot of last month’s stew. That’s because higher priced and unhealthy items are strategically presented to look the…

8 Luxury Items and Why You’re Paying More For Them

8 Luxury Items and Why You’re Paying More For Them

The popular notion that shelling out more for luxury items guarantees better craftsmanship, better fit or longer use doesn’t mean that’s what you actually get. There’s a fair amount of disparity between real value and perceived value…