Chelsea Kaplan

Money 101: Rehab Your Credit Rating

If I’ve learned anything from watching “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew,” it’s that the sole act of going to rehab doesn’t make for full-on rehabilitation. Well, that and that Tom Sizemore is all kinds of crazytown. If you need help kicking a drug, sex or alcohol problem, call the good folks at Betty Ford or…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / May 21, 2010

Money 101: Financial “Rules” You Should Ignore

There are all sorts of rules out there that were made to be broken. You can’t wear white after Labor Day; "beer before liquor, never sicker"; "just say no"; "don’t do it on the first date" ... they don’t necessarily serve you best, you know? Financial “rules” are no different, says Manisha Thakor,…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / May 17, 2010

Money 101: How To Reduce Your Monthly Bills

I once saw an “Oprah” episode with a guy so hell-bent on reducing his monthly grocery bills that he had a practice of purchasing doubly-ply toilet paper, unrolling it and then re-rolling it into two separate rolls, thus turning 12 rolls into 24. Swear to God. Enter multiple scatological puns here. (What a cheap-ass! That’…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / May 11, 2010

Money 101: How To Downsize Your Expenditures

I’m 100 percent guilty of spending without really thinking. Downsizing my expenditures really isn’t something I ponder, even though I know I should (and seriously, if I had a dollar for every time my husband told me I needed to ponder it, I likely wouldn’t need to ponder it at all). I’ve heard, though, that…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / May 7, 2010

Money 101: When To Pay With Cash, When To Use Credit Cards & When To Finance

If you’re lucky enough to have money in this crap-tastic economy, you’ve got to do all you can to make sure you’re using it wisely enough to not only remain financially afloat now, but also in the foreseeable – and even distant – future. Doing so involves carefully considering the way you dole out those…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / May 3, 2010

Poll: What’s Your Bill-Paying Policy?

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By: Chelsea Kaplan / April 29, 2010

Money 101: What’s A Credit Rating Anyway?

When you really think about it, you realize that we rate and/or score nearly all things in life so as to compare them with their contemporaries and confidently grant our patronage. Zagat gives restaurants ratings so that you can find the best tikka masala out of 20 Indian joints; eBay sellers have feedback ratings so…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / April 26, 2010

Money 101: Tax Deductions You May Have Missed

The U.S. tax code has over seven million words in it. Seriously -- seven freaking million! Amongst all those pages and phrases are a variety of tax deductions that you can use to reduce the bite that Uncle Sam is taking out of your hard-earned wages. The good news: there are loads. So, if you’re…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / April 19, 2010

Money 101: 4 Easy Ways To Start Building Your Nest Egg

In this tough economic climate, after paying all of your bills, you’re lucky if the money left over from your paycheck each month allows you to splurge on a trendy item at Forever 21. However, even if you’re not rolling in dough right now, you still should be making a concerted effort to stash away…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / April 12, 2010

Cash & Coupling: How To Cope When Your Paycheck Dwarfs Your Guy’s

Even though it’s 2010, when you’re in a relationship where you’re out-earning your man, it can make you feel all Peggy Olson, threatening the sharkskin suits off those ass-slapping, whiskey-drinking male ad execs – except that the ego-bruising’s going on in your bedroom, not the boardroom. If your guy’s got size-related inadequacy issues that have…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / April 6, 2010

Money 101: What You Need To Do Before Buying Your First Home

Whether it’s because you can’t stand another day with a sloppy roommate, one more night of smelling the Indian food your neighbors are making for dinner or living in 300 square feet of space (honestly, don’t animals at the zoo have grander quarters?), there comes a time in every girl’s -- or couple’s -- life…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / April 5, 2010

Handle It: How To Tell Your Partner You Have An STD

Passing along the info to your new honey that you’ve got an STD is something you’re probably looking forward to about as much as attending your nephew’s 5th birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Need hints on how to deliver the dirty truth? We asked Jill Grimes, M.D., author of Seductive Delusions: How Everyday People…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / April 3, 2009

Real Chick Lit: “What Was I Thinking? 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories”

In my opinion, if you’re over 25 and don’t have at least one “bad boyfriend” story, something’s wrong with you. Mine, who I dated right around 23, was a totally self-absorbed, not particularly cute, questionably gay co-worker who was occasionally kind to me, yet more often a serious ass, bringing that annoying Katy Perry “Hot…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / January 29, 2009

Handle This: Makeover Your Man

Do you want to rip the clothes off your partner's body not because you’re insanely attracted to him, but because you hate his style so much? While it may seem like an impossible task, switching up your guy’s style is actually quite simple -- as long as you carefully plot the steps you need to…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / December 8, 2008

The Frisky Gift Guide: Don’t Forget Your Manners

‘Tis the season to shower the people you love – and, of course, get a little soaked yourself -- with pretty wrapped packages. While giving and receiving can be oh so joyful, it can also create a serious amount of stress and anxiety. Puzzled about who on your list actually deserves a present - and…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / December 6, 2008

Handle It: When Financial Troubles Cause Friction In Your Relationship

Miracle of miracles, the current economic crisis doesn’t look like it’s going to saddle you with major financial setbacks. Your significant other, however, hasn’t been so lucky. Whether your partner’s been laid off, forced to take a pay cut, or seen a formerly robust stock portfolio become awfully puny, it’s become quite clear that hi…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / December 4, 2008

Handle This: Bring A Shy Guy Out Of His Shell

Whether it’s sitting in silence during dinner or enduring the long, uncomfortable pauses when he’s out with you and your friends, dating a shy guy can create some incredibly frustrating situations. What you might not realize, however, is that inspiring an introverted date to open up is surprisingly simple. “With a shy guy, you have…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / September 20, 2008

Handle This: Nine Ways To Ditch A Bad Date

When “It’s just one drink” turns into “I would rather have a root canal than another martini with you”, it’s time to devise a plan to ditch your dead-end date -- fast. While making a swift departure without coming off as a total jerk is tough, it is possible as long as you’ve got…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / September 5, 2008

Beauty How To: Vampy Red Lips & Nails

I remember watching “Dynasty” in the '80s and thinking that Krystle and Alexis Carrington were so fantastically glam. Their glitzy, sequined dresses, shellacked hair, long, red talons and crimson lips were just IT, you know? If I saw those cats on TV today, however, I’d probably mistake them for two campy transvestites and wonder why…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / August 29, 2008

Handle This: Dating A Mama’s Boy

When your relationship is full of drama created by his mama, the road to romance can feel like a traffic jam – with her in the driver’s seat. Puzzled as to why when he’s around his mother, your man acts more like a boy? Below, Debra Mandel, Ph.D., author of “Dump That Chump: From Doormat…
By: Chelsea Kaplan / August 21, 2008

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