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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 some money for the future, says Manisha Thakor, personal finance expert for women and author of On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance. Here are her suggestions for how to create a nest egg now, while still leaving yourself enough pocket change to have a good time in the now. Keep reading »

Cash & Coupling: Aww, My Tax-Filing’s All Grown Up!

There was a time in my life when I actually looked forward to tax season. Like most people, I had taxes withheld from each paycheck, so that when tax time rolled around each year, I was guaranteed a nice little refund. I’d collect my W-2s, spend an hour or so filling out paperwork on a cold February afternoon, and voila: a few weeks later I’d have a check from the government I’d quickly blow on impractical shoes, a haircut and half a month’s rent. If I was feeling really responsible, I might sock away half the refund for a “rainy day,” which for my 20-something, job-hopping self meant impetuously quitting a boring job without having another lined up, because, Hey! I’m rich! I just got my tax refund, which is basically the same thing as winning the lottery! Keep reading »

Money 101: How To Do Your Taxes With Your Man

Money matters are one of the most common topics couples disagree on, so if you’ve never done taxes with your honey before, you might want to brace yourself. Since April 15 is right around the corner, we asked Ryan S. Himmel, CPA and founder of the personal finance website BIDaWIZ, for advice on how to do taxes as a couple without killing one another. Keep reading »

My Two Cents: How To Host A Kick-Ass Clothing Swap

Not only is a clothing swap a great excuse to organize your closets, get rid of stuff you no longer want, and gather a group of girlfriends for an afternoon or evening of cocktails and clothes, it’s also an opportunity to score some totally free new-to-you outfits and accessories. I found one of my favorite dresses — a vintage summer maxi dress — at a clothing swap a couple years ago, but I’ve also scored some cool jewelry, a couple silk vintage slips, a few purses, and once I even nabbed a pair of barely worn Seven jeans that fit like a glove (for once, I was grateful for my curvy hips). Hey, one woman’s trash is another woman’s favorite pants. So, after the jump, my top six tips for throwing a successful clothing swap. Keep reading »

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 nothing to do with what’s in his pants and everything to do with what’s in his checking account, here’s how to keep it from ruining your relationship. Keep reading »

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 when she begins seriously considering purchasing a home of her own. Before taking the steps to make your fantasy a reality, however, it’s important to make like a Girl Scout and be prepared. After the jump, Manisha Thakor, personal finance expert for women, weighs in on all of the things you should “be” before you buy your first home. Keep reading »

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How Would You Blow Your Tax Return?

Although the worst part of every paycheck is seeing how much has been taken out for taxes, the best part of every year is getting a chunk of those funds back all at once. It’s like Christmas in April and, really, what’s Christmas without the presents? Nothing but a bit of good cheer and a fat dude in an unflattering suit, that’s what. It’s hard not to imagine remedying the giftless-ness of tax season by taking that check and splurging hardcore. And although we probably won’t actually spend our entire tax returns on one particularly amazing item, it doesn’t hurt to dream, right? Personally, I’ve been eying a black leather Proenza Schouler PS1 bag pretty hard. What one awesome piece of clothing/bag/shoe heaven would you spend your tax return on if you weren’t, you know, “being responsible” and stuff? Keep reading »

How To Get A Job Blogging For A Living

Once upon a time, weblogs were weird websites written by a few nerdy types. Now, blogs are everywhere. They’ve gone mainstream. People actually get paid to blog for a living. There are pros and cons to blogging-for-dollars. On the up side, you get to do something you love, in many cases you get to work from home, and you get the pleasure of seeing your ideas, interests, and opinions out there in a matter of minutes for everyone to read. On the down side, a job is a job is a job, working at home can get lonely, and the drive to keep up with the blogging Joneses can get stressful. Still, we think the pros far outweigh the cons. Here are a few basic steps you can take if being a pro blogger is the position of which you dream. Keep reading »

Don’t Buy Into Holiday Gift Cards

Buying a gift card or certificate might be one way to deal with people whom you have no idea what to get for the holidays. And true, for the person receiving a gift card, it can feel like free money.

However, if you’re going this route, you’d probably be better off just handing them a wad of twenties. After the jump, the reasons why, and what to do if you’re stuck with a crap gift card. Keep reading »

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