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Five Financial New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

by Catherine Alford December 31, 2014

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The New Year is always a great motivator to set resolutions and get your financial goals in place — there’s something about starting fresh that makes it really worthwhile. Of course, the trouble with resolutions is that they’re hard to keep. How many times have you promised to lose weight, get in shape, or save […]

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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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Building Your Financial Toolbox: 5 Financial Resources For Millennial Women

by Claire Murdough December 19, 2014

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When I studied creative writing at UC Santa Cruz a common piece of advice came up time and time again: add to your creative tool box. As an undergrad learning the technicalities of a craft, it seemed exactly the opposite of what I might have guessed. I’d always assumed I had to find my voice […]

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Five Gifts to Give Yourself Before Year End

by Ashley Feinstein December 18, 2014

Gifts to Give to Yourself

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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Six Things You Should Do With Your Holiday Bonus

by Meredith Lepore December 15, 2014

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After a couple of very lean years for many businesses, the holiday bonus (as well as the company party) is back! According to a CareerBuilder study, 45% of employers gave out bonuses in 2013, up from 33% in 2010. What a treat to get some extra dough at the end of the year. Now, there is […]

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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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What’s a Startup Accelerator and How to Join One

by Sue Heilbronner December 8, 2014

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I am asked as often as the next gal about what I do in the world, and now my answer rolls right off my tongue: “My astonishing business partner Elizabeth Kraus and I are launching MergeLane, a startup accelerator focused on women-led companies.” Sometimes when I’m talking to someone who is, say, a sculptor, or […]

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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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Wow At Your Holiday Parties With These Three Fashion Secrets

by Sarah Chang December 3, 2014

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December is here—as is the what-to-wear dilemma. With holiday parties, work events and happy hours on the calendar, it’s hard to make time for yourself—much less plan your outfits. Tracy DiNunzio—CEO and Founder of Tradesy, an e-commerce style destination where consumers buy and sell both luxury and mass produced clothing and accessories—spoke with us about […]

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How to Teach Your Children the True Spirit of Christmas (and Stop Spending)

by Sarah Chang December 2, 2014

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As a child, I didn’t understand the fatigue my parents experienced during the holiday season. Now I have two daughters, December has just begun, and I’m already exhausted.  My 4.5 year old began a Christmas list far before Thanksgiving, and recently it seems that I hear “I want for Christmas, I need for Christmas” on […]

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Six Tips to Deal With Holiday Spending Stress (That Don’t Involve Lying!)

by Meredith Lepore December 2, 2014

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December is a great time. Who doesn’t look forward to giving gifts, parties festivity? But it’s also a time of lying and major financial anxiety, according to a new survey by McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union. Egg nog, mistletoe, and lying to your significant other? Happy Holidays! The survey polled over 1,000 couples in three different segments: […]

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