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  • 5 Things You Should Never Splurge On

    These cheap tricks save you dollars but won't make you feel like you're sacrificing too much.

    1) Designer Tights

    Cash Sucker: Buying designer-label tights, which cost around $20 a pop at a department store.

    Cheap Trick: Pick up non-designer tights. They go for about $10 and are often the same quality. Find out more ways to look hot without going broke.

    2) Brand-Name Food

    Cash Sucker: Buying all brand-name food. For example, cereal costs $5 to $7 per box.

    Cheap Trick: Go with store brands. The ingredients are often identical; they just package it more simply and price it about $3 to $4 a box. Learn how to work the dollar store with these tricks.

    3) Café Coffee

    Cash Sucker: Swinging into a coffee shop every morning for a latte. On average, you'll spend $20 a week - that comes to $1,040 a year.

    Cheap Trick: Pick up a $10 frother from a housewares store. Home-brew your own joe, then use the frother to whip up the milk.

    4) Mail

    Cash Sucker:

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  • Cosmo’s 2010 Bachelor Search

    We're on the hunt for the nation's hottest, most eligible men, and we'll be crowning one lucky guy Bachelor of the Year. If you know a sexy, unattached man who should make the cut, tell us about him. He could win $10,000 and a new Express wardrobe. Find out what we're looking for by checking out the hot photos and behind the scenes videos from last year's Bachelor Contest!

    There are two ways to nominate a guy.

    1) Send us an e-mail

    Send an e-mail to with the following info and attach two color photos (one head shot and one full-length, shirtless body shot).

    About the Nominee
    Full name:
    State of residence:
    (College and graduate students may represent their hometown state or the state where they attend school. All other nominees must represent the state where they reside 9 months out of the year.)
    Phone number:
    Street address:
    Why he should be named Cosmo's Bachelor of the Year (250

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  • 3 Ways to Get Ahead During Tough Times

    During turbulent periods, it's easy to feel like you have zero control over your future. That's why we've created this crib sheet of info that will help you navigate several areas of your life through stressful events.

    1) Your Money
    Freaked out by the economy? Smart girl. But it turns out that showing shopping restraint can go a long way toward calming your nerves. "Not buying something offers an instant, powerful sense of control," says financial expert Jean Chatzky, author of Make Money, Not Excuses. Track your expenses, in a spending diary to reveal places you can cut back. These tips can help you shave $250 off your expenses this month. And call your cable company, Internet provider, and gym to see if the deals they're giving new cash-strapped customers can be extended to you. These six money-saving switches will help you get in the black.

    2) Your Job
    In times like these, you need to become indispensable to the higher-ups. For starters, don't just meet a looming deadline -

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  • 3 Totally Awkward Things You Need to Say

    Spitting these out won't necessarily be easy (or pretty), but doing so can help trigger changes that ultimately lead to healthier relationships, not to mention heftier paychecks! Plus: Find out the what your guy doesn't what to know about your ex and the ten things you should never say in bed.

    1) "You Need to Lose Weight"
    There's a reason you tear-up while watching The Biggest Loser: Weight is an emotional issue. Which is why it should only be brought up with a family member, your BFF, or the long-term guy in your life - people who will understand that it's only said with their best interest at heart. Otherwise, it's just bitchy and you'll come off seeming like her fremeny. "If you care about somebody and see them engaging in behavior that's putting their health at risk, you have a legitimate reason to bring the problem to light," says Dr. Xavier Amador, Ph.D, author of I'm Right, You're Wrong, Now What? The reality is that people's bodies change when they're under stress or

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  • How to Save $250 in 30 Days

    The secret to stashing dough is simple: Spend less. But what fun is that? A lot, actually, if you cash in on these effortless tips.

    Save $14:Take a "vacation" from Netflix, and borrow DVDs from pals for nada. Netflix lets you pause your subscription for up to 90 days.

    Save $21 to $31: Lots of brand-name birth-control pills have generic versions that are way cheaper. Ask your gyno if your designer Rx has a generic twin.

    Save $40:Drinking dinner? Bad idea. Getting a free meal while you drink? Awesome. Many bars now serve apps on the house to lure in crowds. Deals vary from a pizza with every beer at Crocodile Lounge in New York City to free quesadillas at any Blue Mesa Grill in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

    Save $15 to $20: Little-known fact: The price of your cut includes a fee for drying. So if you ask to leave it wet, your stylist will usually bump down the cost. Stretch your beauty dollars by stocking up on these 10 budget buys (all under $10!)

    Save $10: Unlock

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  • 3 Ways to Deal with a Cheap Friend

    These days it's easy to find yourself in an awkward moment when it comes to dealing with friends and money. Here's how to survive - without losing your mind or reaching into your wallet.

    Situation #1: She never wants to go out for fear of spending money

    How to deal:
    Rally your friend by making it a challenge to see how much fun you can have for $10 or $20. (She can pretty much pull that amount of cash out of thin air with one of these painless money-saving switches.) Or agree to set a limit of how much cash she's comfortable spending and promise to head home as soon as you both reach your total, no matter what. (But getting guys to buy you drinks is totally legit.) By sticking to your word, you're proving to your friend that being broke doesn't have to be boring, says Debra Condren, author of Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word.

    Situation #2: You go out for dinner, and she expects you to pick up the check

    How to deal: It's happened to all of us. As soon as the waiter drops off the

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  • 5 Workout Secrets From Olympians

    Cosmo got some of the most elite athletes in the country to reveal their best secrets for staying in stellar shape - minus the trainers, 8-hour practices, and strict diets. Want more weight-loss advice? Read up on some of our favorite tips ever!

    Lindsey Vonn, 24, Alpine Skier

    Cosmo: What do average Cosmo girls not know about working out that an Olympian knows?

    Lindsey: "There is a lot of science involved when it comes to how much you can exhaust your muscles. Resting your muscles correctly is just as key as working them."

    Steven Nyman, 27, Alpine Skier

    Cosmo: What's one of your best stay-in-shape secrets for when you're on the road?

    Steven: "I like the foam roller. When you roll on it, it massages your muscles and keeps you fresh and ready for the next day. But it also gives you a nice shoulder and core workout while doing it." Find out more ways to fight your muffin top.

    Allison Baver, 29, Speed Skater

    Cosmo: What do average Cosmo

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  • Find Out What His V-Day Gift Really Means

    Every present is a statement of how your guy sees you and the relationship, says George Weinberg, PhD, psychotherapist and author of Why Men Won't Commit. Here, Weinberg weighs in on 8 of the good, the bad, and the downright uggg-ly types of gifts guys give.

    (Haven't picked out his gift yet? Whether you've been together for three weeks or three years, our gift guide has got you covered.)

    1. The 'Gee...Thanks' Gift

    Think ticket to Lord of the Dance (you've never expressed interest in it), a gym membership (what is he saying?), or sushi lessons (Hello! You're allergic to fish). "Obviously, he needs to pay more attention to your interests, but he gets some points for creativity. Although he's way off the mark, he's picturing what might make you happy."

    2. Deluxe Dinner

    He's made reservations far in advance to ensure that you're wined and dined like a princess. "He worked hard and clearly wants this night to be another wonderful memory the two of you share

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  • Paris Fashion Week: Would You Wear These Wild Looks?

    The outfits sent down the runway at the French couture shows can be summed up in three words: over the top. We spotted everything from blood splatters (maybe Gaga was onto something...) to Aztec headdresses to nip-revealing numbers. Check out the pics we can't stop staring at- and tell us if you Love it or Leave It.


    Sequins, feathers, and sheer fabrics dominated this show, but most interesting were the lampshade-looking headpieces that some of the models donned. Could this be the new fedora? We highly doubt it, but props to anyone ballsy enough to rock one this spring.

    Jean-Paul Gaultier

    If lampshade hats aren't your thing, the French designer offers another option: Aztec and Avatar-inspired palm tree headdresses that bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "desert island fashion."

    On Aura Tout Vu

    This fashion house recently tweeted "Less is more." Perhaps something was lost in translation and by "less" they meant "a corset

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  • 8 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

    It's easy to fall into the old dinner-and-a-movie routine either out of habit or because you can't think of anything better to do. Luckily, all you need is a little creative inspiration and a sense of adventure to have an amazing time with your guy on Valentine's Day. These suggestions should get you started. Single? We promise your Feb. 14 won't suck if you try one of these ideas from our readers.

    1. Have a DIY dinner. Set up a taco bar with all the fixings or make homemade pizza. Or seduce your guy with one of Katie Lee's yummy recipes.

    2. Want to know if you have a future with your guy? Visit a psychic. You don't have to buy into her predictions, but at least you'll have a good laugh.

    3. Pamper yourselves with a couples massage at a day spa. These relaxing indulgences uses heat to maximize the mellowness you'll experience - perfect for warming up a winter's night.

    4. Test your luck at a nearby casino or horse race. Bring only a set amount of cash that you can

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