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Five Tax Law Changes in 2015 You Need to Know

by Lisa Hay January 21, 2015

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For retirement savers, 2015 is already shaping up to be an important year with new guidelines from the IRS about tax-advantaged saving. While many savers will be eligible to contribute more next year based on higher income and contribution limits, new restrictions on IRA and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) rollovers require planning ahead. Sponsored content […]

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What I Learned In My First Three Months as a Freelancer

by Melanie Debt January 19, 2015

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A little over 3 months ago, I took a leap of faith and quit my full-time nonprofit job to be a full-time freelancer. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly. It was a decision that came crashing down on me, as I realized I couldn’t do both jobs anymore. In the past three months, I […]

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Three Small Ways to Stay Motivated to Reach Your Money Goal

by Kathleen Fordyce January 15, 2015

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Lets face it, spending is more fun than saving. It just is. Even if you are saving for something you want, it is challenging to hold off from instant gratification. Whether you are trying to pay off your debt, build your emergency fund or put aside a down payment for a house, it is critical […]

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Get Your Favorite Golden Globes Looks For Less

by Meredith Lepore January 14, 2015

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The Golden Globes aired on Sunday night and as usual we were presented with a whole lot of glitz, glamour—and a few big mistakes. But mostly we got to see some of the evening gown trends that will be big this year. Of course, most of us don’t have the budgets of the average Hollywood […]

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How to Financially Prepare for an Unexpected Pregnancy

by Catherine Alford January 13, 2015

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If you or anyone you know has ever had an unexpected pregnancy, you know all of the emotions and shock that come with it. It may take a few weeks to get used to the idea of being pregnant. Then you have to tell your family and assess how you will handle this huge change […]

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Five Times When You Shouldn’t Go Shopping

by Meredith Lepore January 12, 2015

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There’s a great episode of How I Met Your Mother where the main character, Ted, stresses that you should always just go home after 2 am because only bad choices are made (and bad things happen). Well, this lesson can be applied to shopping. Raise your hand if you’ve ever made an impulse purchase you’ve […]

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

by Meredith Lepore January 2, 2015

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If you are anything like me, you are probably came up with a big list of resolutions as you wrapped up 2014. For most of us, they’re along the lines of eating better, exercising more, being better with money, making more time for others, or advancing our careers. And most of us can keep those […]

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Seven Items You Should Always Wait To Buy Until After the Holidays

by Meredith Lepore December 30, 2014

7 Things You Should Wait to Buy Until After the Holidays

Christmas has come and gone, and it may seem like all the shopping is done. But we have some good news! Certain things are a much better buy in January. Whether you’re buying for someone else, or simply for yourself (57 percent of shoppers made non-gift purchases for themselves in 2013, up 8 percent from […]

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6 Tips For Throwing A New Year’s Eve Party On The Cheap

by Meredith Lepore December 26, 2014

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Well it’s finally New Year’s Eve, and being the party animal that you are, we’re sure you want to host a gathering of sorts. One problem. You are a little low on funds as you were particularly generous this gift giving season. So how do you throw an awesome event that will keep your friends […]

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Five Last-Minute Tips For Shopping Procrastinators

by Meredith Lepore December 23, 2014

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Feeling bad because you haven’t done any gift shopping? Considering running out and buying everyone Starbuck’s gift cards? You aren’t alone. The coffee giant expects to top last year’s sales of over 2 million gift cards on Christmas Eve alone, which amounts to approximately 1,500 cards per minute. That’s a lot of coffee and decorative mugs. But now’s not […]

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Four Last Minute (But Meaningful!) Holiday Gifts

by Ashley Feinstein December 22, 2014

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Unless you have unlimited financial resources and creative inspiration—or in other words, you’re the next incarnation of Oprah—finding a thoughtful gift for everyone on your list can be super stressful. Holiday gift-giving is a minefield of considerations: How much do I spend? What do they need? Who has time for this? If you’re feeling overwhelmed […]

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Five Gifts to Give Yourself Before Year End

by Ashley Feinstein December 18, 2014

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During the holiday season we tend to spend a lot of time and money on gifts for others. Here are six gifts you should commit to gifting to yourself before year-end – and they’ll even benefit those you love and care for as well. The Gift of Wealth While you don’t need to be spending […]

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How I Started Enjoying the Holidays — Without a Credit Card

by Katharine Paljug December 16, 2014

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The holiday season is a time to focus on all sorts of wonderful things, like family, faith, generosity, and giving. Unfortunately, it’s also often a time to focus on buying things. Our consumer culture regularly forgets about peace and love in favor of flash sales and blowing your savings on presents. This year, instead of […]

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12 Inspirational Quotes for Professional Women by Professional Women

by Michelle Mavres December 11, 2014

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Everyone needs a little pick me up now and again, sometimes it’s a cup of coffee, sometimes it’s a catnap with your feet up on your desk, but more often than not, just contemplating something inspiring can get us over the hump. These inspiring quotes from women—all of whom probably had days just like the […]

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Use Those Vacation Days Now, Or You Might Be Losing More Than You Think

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss December 10, 2014

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When was the last time you told your boss, “You know, I don’t really need all this money; here’s 1 percent back”? If you didn’t take all of your vacation time for the year, basically you did. Americans handed over 169 million paid days off in 2013 (not counting the ones they could roll over), […]

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Six Ways to Find Work-Life Balance During the Holidays

by Kirsten December 8, 2014

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December has arrived, and while I love this time of year, it always feels chaotic. November through early January are my busiest times of the year. After work, I have tons of things to do – decorating for the holidays, cooking, shopping and gift wrapping. Let’s not even get started on parties! This is one […]

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Christmas Gifts Under $50 for Everyone on Your List

by Erika Torres December 5, 2014

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Christmas is only a couple of weeks away. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably still unprepared. And with good reason — the holiday season can be overwhelming! Sometimes it seems like there are far too many choices and not enough time to sift through everything. Add to that the budget you’re probably trying to […]

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Still Uninsured? Find Out What That Will Mean Come Tax Season

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss December 4, 2014

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Remember back when the Affordable Care Act was passed, and no one really read all the details of it, because there were so, so many, and it wasn’t going to go into effect until the far off future? While many of us are now enjoying the benefits of the insurance marketplace, and getting ready to […]

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