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Funny Money: How Much Can You Really Earn from Earn-as-you-surf Sites?

Ever since I received my first business proposal via email from a Nigerian prince, I've sat around fantasizing about making money on the internet by doing nothing. (Go ahead: crack a joke about how I do just that by writing this column. Have you … [Read more...]

“Tap Watergate” to $50 Carry-Ons, How Spirit Airlines Justifies Sky-High Fees

There's one good thing about flying on someone else's dime: If the airline socks you with hefty fees, you can expense it. But my mom, who grew up in the Great Depression, taught me to be frugal with other people's money, too. So when a corporate … [Read more...]

Money Manners: I’m Broke, and I’m Supposed to be a Bridesmaid!

Last week, a reader wrote to me about a common dilemma 20-somethings face: The 29-year-old had been asked, for the fourth time in the last three years, to be a bridesmaid in her friend’s wedding. She instantly said yes, then regretted it 30 s … [Read more...]

Cheap Gifts: 53 Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas

Yay for cheap gifts! Back by the overwhelming demand of anonymous internet searchers (who are already far ahead of their holiday gift planning than I am!), here's our list of no fewer than 53 inexpensive holiday gift ideas! Got an idea that's not … [Read more...]

How to Buy an Engagement Ring Online

Recently I was reflecting on my experience shopping for Lauren's diamond engagement ring. (I proposed at Christmas, as many guys do, so I was shopping for the ring about this time of year.) As a result, I decided to revive this important post on … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Building a Work Wardrobe on a Budget

“I’m sorry, do you have some prior commitment? Some hideous skirt convention you have to go to?” Fortunately, this is a line from “The Devil Wears Prada,” makes me laugh and is not from my real life. The newsroom I’ve been working in is (fortunatel … [Read more...]

Health Insurance: Understanding Your Deductible, Co-pay, & Out-of-Pocket Maximum

Is anybody else totally confused by health insurance benefits? Even when insurers break down plan benefits in neat grids, you need to know the difference between deductibles, premiums, out-of-pocket maximums, co-pays, and co-insurance to know what … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Homeowner Money Traps To Avoid

When you manage to scrape together enough cash and responsibility to buy a house, you're not just acquiring a place to live. You're entering an exclusive club — one shared by those you no doubt admire and respect. That club, though, is not so p … [Read more...]

Rolling in the Dough: How to Drive Your Car to 200,000 Miles

My white 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan, which I lovingly refer to as "the Lamborghini," has 156,712 miles on it, give or take. And I'm determined, come hell or high gas prices, to ride my beast to the 200,000 mile mark — even 250,000 if I can help i … [Read more...]

How Much Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

Thinking of popping the question? You've probably asked yourself: "How much should you spend on an engagement ring?" I’m sure you have heard the old tradition that you need to spend two month’s salary on a diamond engagement ring. I've even heard s … [Read more...]