• Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    There is a light at the end of the tunnel -- you know, because you can see it -- at long last. The end of a long phase of hanging in there one more day is finally coming to an end. You can't go on a spending spree just yet but you can breathe a sigh of relief.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Numerology One-Year Forecast

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    You can help people with their financial issues without giving them money, Taurus -- especially if you have none to spare. Advice and elbow grease are always valid offers of help; so don't hesitate when you see the need.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Friends and Lovers Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    The way you handle financial issues today is like watching a good game of basketball -- one wonders how you manage to float through the crush of opponents and retain the ball, not to mention score a goal. It's like watching poetry in motion.

    Today's Gemini

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    In order for all your hard work -- and the hard work of others -- to pay off, you need some organization. If you're not the one in charge, then step back and let whoever is take over. You just can't afford to put effort into something for nothing today.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Friends and Lovers Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    A graph of your bottom line would be as eccentric as you are. You wouldn't want to go straight from Point A to Point B -- but you don't want your profits to do quite as much zig-zagging! Try to be a more solid, though dull, contributor.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Love Meter

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    Your bottom line could be radically different by the end of the day than it is when you first take a peek at it in the morning. That could be good or bad news, obviously, depending on how things play out. Take control of the situation as early as you can, Gemini.

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    You need to take your time -- you can't afford any missteps! If you can't pull this one off, your reputation will suffer. Make sure you're doing everything exactly as you should, time or money be damned!

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

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    You're goal-oriented to the extreme today. You have blinders on, and nothing can sidetrack you. That's a good thing, because the distractions are legion today, and weaker people than you will fall by the wayside -- not that you'll even notice!

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Life Path Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    It's one of those days when you wonder what the point of it all is. That's a good question to ask yourself every now and again, and on a day like today, you just may get an answer. You'll find yourself with a renewed sense of purpose by the time the dust settles.

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  • By Alden Wicker, Refinery29

    We know you're not a conformist - and that applies to everything from your style to the way you live your life and spend your money. So, who says you have to use a credit card?

    Sure, these cards have their advantages. They help you shop online, lend you money in a crunch, and - if you use them responsibly - improve your credit score. But, they also have their drawbacks. They tempt you into high debt compounded by a raised interest rate, can ruin your credit score, and your number could be stolen from a store's website and used by hackers.

    It's no wonder, then, that some people refuse to touch credit cards. Others don't qualify for the plastic because of a bad credit history (or a lack of credit history altogether). If you fall into either of these camps - or just want to explore your options - there are some interesting alternatives available to you. A surprising number of them, actually, will serve all of the functions of a typical credit card, from Read More »from Do You Really Need a Credit Card?
  • woman staring at hacked computerwoman staring at hacked computerBy Amelia Mularz

    You're not in Amsterdam, right?

    It wasn't the typical Wednesday morning email, sent from a friend who I'd seen the night before…in New York City. According to my Gmail account, however, I'd scooted off to Europe sometime after midnight, lost my passport and reached out to every contact in my address book asking for money. Yep, I'd been hacked. Photo by Getty Images

    Next came an hour of frantic Googling, a panicked tweet ("I'M NOT IN AMSTERDAM!") and some personal damage control, including fielding questions from an ex-boyfriend, a long-past professor and a woman who said she had no idea who I was, but had received my fraudulent email. Had I been better informed, I would've kept calm and followed these nine post-hacking steps.

    Related: Discover 10 cool, new inventions that'll make your life easier.

    1. Pinpoint the problem. The most obvious sign of hacking is the slew of messages you'll receive from acquaintances either stating that your account's

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    You have all the drive you need to succeed -- but unfortunately you're going about it the wrong way. You need the right approach if you want things to go well today -- or any day. Focus on that today, Aries.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Chakra Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Once you know your purpose on life, you start to see everything you do from a whole new perspective. You may not get that deep today, but you do start to get an inkling of what really matters to you -- and what can be jettisoned along the way.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Romantic Compatibility Reading for two

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    Undercurrents have you feeling uneasy, but it's nothing you can put your finger on -- yet. You're onto something, though, Gemini, so don't talk yourself out of it or start to mistrust your gut feelings. Those ripples on the surface are alerting you to something much, much deeper.


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  • The year-end tipping ritual bedevils us every December. So we prepared this who-what-when-and-how-much guide to gratuities.

    Print our comprehensive tipping list

    Wrong: Launch a one-woman campaign against the idea of holiday tips. Ain't nobody tipping you just for doing your job all year!

    Right: Tip the people who provide indispensable support. Or move to Europe.

    In the United States, many service professionals bank on this customary cash. "Historically, tips helped lower-paid workers meet the extra expenses of the holiday season," says Thomas Blaikie, author of "To the Manner Born: A Most Proper Guide to Modern Civility" ($18, Villard Books). The custom has endured as a way to acknowledge those whose efforts are often much grander than their hourly rates: from the doorman who signs for your packages to the house cleaner who saved your relationship. So beat back your inner Scrooge. "We must acknowledge that some jobs are inadequately compensated because of the expectation

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  • Experts who deal with the sometimes-painful fallout say these things could save you a whole lot of time and money later on. By Caroline Wright, REDBOOK.

    1. Draft a prenuptial agreement.
    It has almost become a cliché that signing a prenup is the most unromantic thing a soon-to-be-married couple can do. But it might be time to start thinking differently, since skipping it could mean letting a court seal your financial fate rather than doing so as a team while you're both still deeply in love and concerned about each other's well-being. That's probably why 49 percent of divorced people thought having a prenup was a good idea, and 15 percent of them regretted not signing one, according to a Harris Interactive poll. If you have major assets, or think you may at some point come into them, signing a prenup is the easiest way to ensure that you always hold on to everything for which you worked. Determining who gets what before you sign on the dotted line can save you from a messy legal

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    It's a whole new ballgame today, Aries. You need to learn the new rules, even the entire culture -- or subculture. Getting the lay of the land is the firs step to conquering your newest goals. Dive in.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Destiny Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    If you really put your mind to it today, you can transcend your daily goals -- and transcend is a much better word than mere 'exceed.' You can really rise far above your current station if things go well, so don't miss this important opportunity.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Celtic Love Tarot Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    Who says preaching to the choir won't get you anywhere? You make a big impact on someone today, simply by explaining your position to those who already agree with you. Whether it's a bystander or a member of the audience, the difference in funding is noticeable.

    Today's Gemini Reading: Free Sample

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  • I was in my early twenties by the time I stopped having children. In fact, I was 23 with the very last one. In this day and age, that sounds odd to me, considering that women are getting married and having their first baby much later than 23. My body had given life to 4 beings by the time I was 23. I had graduated college having raised 2 of them while taking classes and surviving on food stamps and some measly scholarships for disadvantaged students. Even though I had children first, I married young, too. We lived in several apartments that were always cramped or in neighborhoods that didn't lend themselves to our children playing outside without supervision. While most of my decisions might seem out of order to some people, it's how it worked for me, and I longed for the vision of the Perfect Life. That Perfect Life included a home of my own.

    After working for a few years as a teacher, I began setting aside enough money in our savings account to put a down payment on a home. At

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