• Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    You may realize with a jolt that someone is not playing fair. It hurts -- maybe so much so that you just don't want to believe it's true. Believe it, Aries, because it's either your heart or your wallet that will suffer from their actions today, but both will suffer by tomorrow.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Harmony Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    There's no way to make the day more intrinsically exciting, but you can let yourself become more invested in the boring tasks of the day. Fiscal and financial health are critically important, and you might as well act as if you care.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Extreme Makeover Tarot Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    Someone is trying to overwhelm you. It's an underhanded strategy and unfortunately one that just may work. Instead of trying to fight it, spend your time and energy on getting out of this situation and into a better one.


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  • How to Spend Your Tax RefundHow to Spend Your Tax Refund

    That fat refund check might seem like found money, but it's actually your money. By overpaying your tax bill each month, you made an interest-free loan to Uncle Sam, and he's just now paying it back. This year, allot that extra cash to retirement savings, debt reduction or other expenses with these smart spending tips.

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    1. Set up a rainy-day fund
    If the financial tsunami washed away your emergency cushion, rebuild it. Aim to sock away three to six months of expenses in an insured money-market account or short-term certificate of deposit. You won't get much more than 1 percent in interest, but the key is to keep the fund safe and easy to access.

    2. Fight credit card debt
    You probably can imagine lots of fun ways to spend your refund, but paying down your credit card balance is a smart move. If you have multiple cards, first tackle the debt on the card with the highest rate, or pay off one card completely if you can, and bank the

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  • Old CarThe secondary market is a really wonderful place to save money. Think about it. If you let someone else pay retail for a brand-new product, you benefit when they've decided to get rid of it! You can save up to 50% (or more!) if you never buy these 8 things new. Let someone else pay the markup. You'll reap the benefits, and for the most part, people will never be able to tell that you've scored a deal on the secondary market.

    Related: 10 easy ways to save $3,500 this year

    So, what counts as the secondary market? Thrift shops, charity shops, garage sales, pawn shops, used car lots, Craigslist, and estate sales. Look in the newspaper for locations of garage sales, and get there early. Bring cash and your bargaining skills. Be on the lookout for the following things you should never buy new!

    1. Cars
    A new car depreciates the moment you drive it off the lot, but if you buy a used car, you're letting someone else absorb that. If you buy a car that is known to hold its value, you

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    You're as gracious when you win as you are when you lose. The way you comport yourself earns you points today, and the bottom line is almost beside the point. Be sure you give the world a shining example of your best self, numbers or no numbers.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Chinese Luck Prosperity and Longevity Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    It's hard to avoid power struggles today, through no fault of your own. When someone else wants to tussle with you, you have not much choice but to defend yourself. It's the sad truth that they could run your bottom line into the ground if they keep this up. Sigh.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Karma Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    It's time to stop talking and get moving. You have some good ideas that have been collecting dust for long enough. It's now or never, Gemini. Do you want to see them take shape or fade into the background with all the rest of
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  • Best Financial Decision Best Financial Decision The year was 2005. I had just started working at my first "real" job out of college, and there were decisions to be made. What kind of health insurance plan did I want? Who would I make friends with at work? How would I afford to live in this big new city?

    I was overwhelmed, to say the least. I'd just moved across the country to start a job I snagged from Craigslist, at a less-than-perfect fit in the consulting world in DC, when all I wanted to do was work in politics. I didn't know anybody. I had never been to the city before. I was in over my head.

    I wasn't in debt yet, not really, but I was getting there. I spent more than half of my monthly take-home pay on a very tiny apartment in a fun part of town, and I was eating out way more than I was eating in.

    It's crazy to think that amid this uncertainty and overspending I would make my best financial decision, but I did.

    Related: 10 simple ways to save $3,500 this year

    I started investing part of my paycheck in a

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    You need to generate your own excitement today, because there's not much going on around you to get enthused about. Looking inward is the best way to reignite your drive to succeed. Find that inner cozy spot or flickering flame and go from there.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Maya-Aztec Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Be proud of your financial achievements -- but even more proud of your friends and family. Put money on the back burner for the day and focus on the relationships that give your life real value. You've been neglecting them lately!

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Priority Shuffle Tarot Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    What looks too good to be true to you appears to look like a good deal to someone less astute. You may see someone being taken advantage of today, and it's important that you speak up, whether they ask for your help or not. There's more than just money at stake.

    Read More »from Astrology.Com Daily FinanceScopes -- Thursday March 13, 2014
  • Your memory may not be what it used to be (whose is?), but it doesn't matter as long as you can search your computer and email for reminders and backup. Try these systems for efficient filing and retrieving.
    Confronting an unholy mess every time you turn on your computer negates the benefits of an organized workspace. Here's how to electronically clean up your desktop and use your computer to better organize your life.

    Related: 10 Ways to Save Energy at Home

    1) Tidy your digital desktop.

    Create folders. Filing away documents on a computer -- and subsequently retrieving them -- is infinitely easier than putting paper into folders and then into a drawer. So actually do it! Set up a system, such as a filing by project or task, or by month and year (or whatever works best for your specific needs), then start putting things away.

    2) E-shop efficiently.

    Systematize your passwords. Lots of people use slight variations of the same password for different sites -- and then

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  • 7 Things You Should Never Buy Used7 Things You Should Never Buy UsedEarlier, I told you about the 11 things you should never buy new. Things like cars, jeans, and wine glasses are all things that are super expensive retail and can save you a ton of money if you go to the effort of buying on the secondary market.

    However, you can't buy everything used. In fact, I wouldn't recommend it. I suppose, for me, the line between frugal and cheapskate is here, the difference between what you would buy used verses new. I know a lot of people who don't like the idea of buying used clothes (which is silly, I mean, you're wearing used clothes after the very first time you wash them, aren't you?), and I know a few people who will disagree with some of the things I wouldn't recommend buying used.

    Wherever you fall on the line, there are things you should never buy used. Here are seven of my "only buy new" items. What are yours?

    7 Things You Should Never Buy Used

    1. Unmentionables
    I'm the girl who has more expensive underthings than clothes people can

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  • Richard Lawson
    Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift

    If her magnificent seaside mansion and Nashville dream cave were not already indications, know now that Taylor Swift, tenth muse, is very rich. She makes a lot of money! In fact, according to Billboard, she made the most money of any musician last year.

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    The magazine says she pulled in nearly $40 million last year, mostly by panning for gold in her hair. No, of course most of that money came from ticket sales to her concert tour. Which is remarkable, considering that the old-timey circus tents that housed her show would only pop up mysteriously and without warning in various empty fields on misty mornings and be gone by dawn the next day. So there wasn't a lot of time for advance ticket sales. But somehow she pulled it off, making her the biggest act in the land.

    And she's only 24 years old! How much were you pulling down when you were that age? Probably not $40 million, I'd guess. I'd think it'd be, at most, half

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    You're expected to show off your prowess in the kitchen today -- and you can hardly fry an egg. But you can show off in other ways, like by ordering just the right take out or setting a beautiful table. This can translate into many different scenarios, so don't take it literally, Aries.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Past Life Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    You're stuck in what feels like an endless power struggle, and you want nothing more than out. You can't give up, though, because something is holding your feet to the fire. Trust life to guide you through this, sooner or later.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Astro Identity Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    The more people you can find who think the way you think, the more likely you are to succeed with the day's task. Seek them out, Gemini, because they're hiding in the woodwork. The wallflowers and scaredy-cats hold just the tickets you
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