I'm a frugal person, and I'm always looking for ways to cut expenses. I don't buy my lunch, I never buy things in boxes at the grocery store, and I've started many frugal traditions with my friends. I believe that simplicity is one of the keys to happiness. I think that many people, when they start to get serious about their finances, think that they have to sacrifice everything and sit on the floor in an unfinished studio apartment to save money. But that's simply not the case. I think the key is to find cheap solutions to expensive habits that make you feel like you haven't sacrificed anything. I've found that you need to treat yourself. Not because you deserve it (or anything else you told yourself when you were swiping your credit card with abandon) but because life is meant to be cherished. You've got to be happy. Because, believe me, if you're not happy while you're getting out of debt, the point in which you become debt free is not going to be your place of happiness. So,Read More »from 7 Cheap Solutions to Expensive Habits that Will Save You $400 a Month
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:45 PM EDT
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:43 PM EDT
There's no doubt that posting and sharing information on your Facebook page is a great way to keep friends and family up to date on your life. I love keeping up with out-of-state family and friends through Facebook. But outside of your circle of friends, what you're sharing on Facebook could put your financial and personal life at risk. Identity thieves are a very crafty lot and can use the information you are providing for their own good. Things that you think are seemingly innocent can be used for evil and can potentially ruin your financial situation. Click through for 7 questions you MUST ask yourself before posting to Facebook! -By Anna Newell JonesRead More »from Facebook and Identity Theft: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting
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- Vanity Fair | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:38 PM EDT
Google investors are . . . feeling lucky (sorry): "Google shares opened at an all-time high and surged past $1,000 for the first time on Friday," CNBC reports. Though this is chump change compared to the cost of, say, a piece of Berkshire Hathaway-a single stock currently retails for $176,100-it's still a mightily significant figure. For comparison's sake, let's see what items are less expensive than or equal in value to one share of Google.
$1,000: the purported cost of an hour's legal counsel from a partner at Skadden Arps, VF.com's 4 Times Square roommate. $975: a metal headband from Opening Ceremony.
$925: series of 15 blowouts at 5th Avenue Frédéric Fekkai.
$940: a month's rent in a "basement studio" in West New York. "Kitchen Read More »from 10 Items that Are Less Expensive Than One $1,000 Google Share
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 12:10 PM EDT
It's been a rough publicity week for Gwyneth. First, it was announced that Vanity Fair will be running an expose, which will reportedly be the "take down" of the Oscar winning actress. And today, news lines are all a flurry with the diss she received by the queen of a good thing, Martha Stewart herself.
In her interview with Bloomberg TV, she discussed Gwyneth's best-selling cookbook and her innate feel for the lifestyle category, stating, "She wants to be a lifestyle arbiter-fine. Good." But Martha didn't just stop there, and went on to take credit for the entire lifestyle concept:
"I think I started this whole category of lifestyle."
Stop right there. Martha invented the category of lifestyle? By definition, lifestyle just means the way in which a person or group lives. Martha is the one who invented how we live? While she may not be implying such specifics, she is saying she invented the doctrine of how to live a well-crafted life. And she damn well better get credit forRead More »from The Battle Between Martha Stewart and Gwyneth Paltrow Has Begun
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SYDNEY HASS. We all know that presentation matters. You need to dress for the job you want, and you want to generally represent yourself as a competent, intelligent, professional human being, if you want to be taken seriously - and get your way as often as possible. And really, who doesn't want that?
A huge piece of that? The way you speak. Sure, your ideas are great, and you're always right. But are you undermining all of that brilliance in the way you formulate your sentences? We've all heard about uptalk and how it makes you seem less self-assured, but that's not the only secret saboteur you've probably got hiding in your everyday vocabulary.
We spoke with Tara Sophia Mohr, a career coach whose 10 Rules for Brilliant Women is pretty much the rulebook, when it comes to getting ahead. She dished the 10 things you're probably saying all the time, that are working against you. We found ourselves guilty of more of these than we'd like to admit, but hey, at leastRead More »from 10 Things Not to Say at Work
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 11:09 AM EDT
I'm not going to pretend that I understood the entire scope of the Heidelberg Project when I visited last month. I noticed recurring themes, I noticed all the rabbits (because of my daughter's lovey), I noticed the Mickey and Minnie plush toys, and I noticed the doll parts - because doll parts have always been outrageously creepy to me. There were a few blatant political statements, some non-denominational religious symbolism and a lot of dots.
What I do understand is the idea behind the Heidelberg Project: taking something that people think is hopeless (in this case a neighborhood), and transforming it with art. Every city and state in America has a place that has been made a little better because of art, and the Heidelberg project is one of those places in Detroit, Michigan -a city many people have all but given up on over the last few decades. As I was brushing up on my Heidelberg knowledge, I read that one of the main installments, the OJ house, was burned to the ground OctoberRead More »from The Heidelberg Project: How Art Saved One Detroit Neighborhood
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Thu, Oct 17, 2013 6:29 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Were you the kid in school who always had to be first in line, or did you hang back kicking pebbles and chatting with friends? Your bottom line has a lot to do with your personality, as far back as the eye can see. It's time for some self-understanding.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You're waiting for the chute to open or the flag to be waved. While you're stuck in the pen pawing the ground, visualize exactly how you plan to come busting out. It will help you do it with all the energy you can muster.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You don't have to do much to make a difference today -- all you really have to do is speak up. That's harder than it sounds, it's true, but it's not as if you need to take over; all you have to do is get the ball rolling.
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Oct 17, 2013 1:32 PM EDT
If you like Pinterest and you enjoy watching television, the time has come to follow your favorite show, and pin to your DVR-ing heart's content. Not all shows have Pinterest profiles, but many do, and some of those are really knocking it out of the social media park. Do you include Pinterest in your TV-watching habits? I know that people use social media platforms differently depending on the interest or hobby, and at first I wasn't sure how it would work for television, but it turns out that it's a lot of fun, now that I'm getting into it. Because I like to share, I've gathered up a list of TV shows that are rocking it on Pinterest, with some of the best boards that jumped out at me. Click through for 7 must-follow TV shows on Pinterest! -By Laurie White
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Oct 17, 2013 12:51 PM EDT
,I think it was well over a decade ago that I bought my first copy of Martha Stewart Living. I wasn't a cook or a crafter or a maker of things so it never appealed to me, but some girlfriends and I were having a holiday ornament making party and the cover promised some tutorials on fancy ornaments.
But when I got home and actually began reading the magazine it became clear that her idea of "handmade" was way out of the skill set of my friends - and the budget for the materials alone was more than any of us could afford.
These days it would never occur to me - or, frankly, almost anyone I know - to look anywhere outside of the internet for handmade ornament tutorials. And for those of us that have no desire to craft at the level of Martha Stewart, there are hundreds (if not hundreds of thousands) of women like me that have learned how to make fabulously adorable things and have shared how to do it on their blogs. The internet has provided a stage for, well, everyone, and women inRead More »from Is Martha Stewart's Drop in Revenue the Reason She's Trash-Talking Bloggers?
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Wed, Oct 16, 2013 7:50 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You're about to instantaneously combust -- either from anger and frustration or pure enthusiasm. Either way, it's not the healthiest option for you. Channel all that energy into something positive, no matter what it source happens to be.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Things are looking up, Taurus! You're on the yellow brick road, even if you can't quite tell yourself just yet. That transition you've been waiting for -- no, begging for! -- is about to happen. Nobody deserves it more than you do.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You are chatting someone up, and doing a good job of it, too! Unfortunately you are barking up the wrong tree. Whether it's a case of mistaken identity the person simply doesn't have the power you ascribe to them, consider it good practice.
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