shopping

Post image for How to budget a Miami vacation & not feel like a loser

My daughter and I recently discovered Miami and can’t wait to go back. This crazy, seaside metropolis delivered excellent surf, shopping and dining on a budget. The trip left us rich in memories from our first mother-daughter vacation in three years. That’s right. Three. Whole. Years. Between her doing her thing and me doing mine, […]

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If you’re not interested in dealing with the issue of sugar addiction, the new August issue of National Geographic might change your mind. The cover story on the evils of sugar uses gorgeous photos, historical facts and trending data to show why we’re in big trouble. Refined sugar is amazingly delicious but offers absolutely zero […]

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As a non-runner, shopping for new running shoes was a chance to explore a world I didn’t know existed. I highly recommend the experience as a way to get on a happy, comfortable track for both exercise and relaxation. Running isn’t my thing because of painful shin splints. Even a jog would cause those nasty hairline fractures […]

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FYI: I am amazed at how generous the return policies have become at big chains. Well, at least that’s what I found at two stores that I visited recently. In both cases, I had no receipts for years-old purchases — but still received full store credit. The first time, it was at Bed Bath and […]

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Post image for Four dating tips that really work

There’s nothing like hitting bottom with a good cry because all the weeping will float you back up to the top. That’s what happened to me on a particularly depressing, long-ago morning in my shrink’s office. And I have been happier for it ever since. On that day, I was still a very young-looking, 40-something divorcee. […]

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Post image for 3 ways to stretch your dollars at Mohonk Mountain House

I can hardly believe that I just spent $1,129.16 for a one-night, mother-daughter getaway to a top-rated spa. No regrets! In fact, if I’ve got a glow, it’s probably due to the benefits of quality bonding time with my kid, the facial — and a chance to splurge like it’s 2003 again. But seriously, our […]

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