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How to be Thankful, Wherever You Stand

For many of us, the holidays don’t just mean good food, warm eggnog and new memories with family and friends – they also bring serious financial stress. If you are already strapped, the financial strains of December – travelling, feeding guests and bu … [Read more...]

Are You a Compulsive Shopper? Here’s How to Spot it and Stop it

Like a 500-foot inflatable Santa chucking gadget-filled, diamond-trimmed stockings to all good little iBoys and iGirls, Black Friday is nearly here. So, should I be psyched? I’m not. Actually I’m worried, though this has nothing to do with lan … [Read more...]

My Thanksgiving Dish to You: Give Thanks for Everything, Even the Tough Stuff

As I sit here at a Chicago Starbucks, in the heart of the funky Lincoln Square neighborhood, the first brisk snowfall of the season is coating the cars on Lincoln Avenue like a thin sheath of whipped cream on a warm mocha. It’s a beautiful sight to b … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Three Unnecessarily Stingy Stunts You Can Skip

The personal finance blogger community is a realm not unlike Fight Club. Writers and their followers go to extreme lengths to prove who's the hardest of the hardcore. The lady who's killed off tens of thousands of dollars worth of debt gets … [Read more...]

A Woman’s Money: 8 Steps to Financial Success

With the world of finance still dominated by men, it's easy to see why women – especially those just getting started with their careers and adult lives – often feel intimidated when it comes to seeking thoughtful pointers tailored for them. … [Read more...]

Funny Money: How to Get What You Want from Customer Service Reps

Customer service reps can be your best friends or greatest enemies. They can make life easy for you. They can make life difficult. They can bring you bliss or devastation. And what they are to you depends way more on you than on them. Put … [Read more...]

Married and Gay? How Post-DOMA Laws Will Impact Your Finances

When the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in June, it tipped the first in a long line of dominoes that will affect the finances of gay couples for many years to come. The trouble is, even the most savvy financial advisors don't … [Read more...]

Money Manners: How to Say No (Nicely) When Friends and Family Ask for Money

It seems like everyone I know has been emailing me asking for money for his or her Kickstarter projects, charity endeavors or business startups. I want to help, but I also have a hefty Visa balance to pay off. So I asked an expert what a polite, … [Read more...]

At What Age Should You Have Kids?

The average age American mothers have their first child was 25 in 2006, up from 21.4 in 1970 according to the CDC. Among college-educated women, the average age of first-childbirth is 30, according to a report by The Atlantic. The Atlantic article … [Read more...]

How to Merge Bank Accounts After Marriage

A subject of perennial debate among our audience, I recommend couples merge bank accounts after marriage. If desired, you can then have separate accounts and/or credit cards that you use for small discretionary purchases or gifts for your … [Read more...]