About Nicole

NICOLE LAPIN is the only finance expert you don’t need a dictionary to understand. She got her start in finance at age eighteen, reporting from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for First Business Network. She went on to become the youngest anchor ever at CNN and then to claim the same title at CNBC, where she anchored the only global finance show on the network, Worldwide Exchange, while contributing financial reports to MSNBC and Today. Nicole has also served as a business anchor and special correspondent for Bloomberg Television. She is the money saving correspondent for The Wendy Williams Show and reports on the business of Hollywood for The Insider. She is also the creator and host of the AOL Originals show, I’ll Never Forget My First, where she interviews influential women about the first time they knew they made it. Nicole has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) certification. She graduated summa cum laude and as the valedictorian of her class at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

February 29th — Say it Loud

Have you ever wondered what you could accomplish if you only had an extra 24 hours? Well, this year, you get your chance. That's right: today, February 29th, is a super special day, and it only comes around every four years. LEAP YEAR! So you finally do get those 24 extra hours you were hoping for. Now...what are you gonna do with 'em?? Can I make one suggestion? Get out there and vote! It's a presidential election year, after all, and chances are your state's primary is coming right up (it might even be tomorrow, Super Tuesday!). Do me a favor and check [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:50+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Nicole's Note|0 Comments

7 Ways to Spot Unwanted Charges on Your Credit Card

Fashion pretty woman with old retro camera over red background We talk a lot around here about monitoring your spending for your wallet's sake—but it's a security thing, too. Sometimes, errors happen by accident: the store clerk entered the wrong amount before swiping your card, for example. Other times, it's flat out fraud by a thief who has gotten their hands on your credit card number. No matter how or why it happens, you-know-what does happen—so here are 7 ways you can spot the charge and report it right away before it becomes a bigger headache: 1. Be a hawk: While it’s [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:50+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Finance 101|0 Comments

If You Only Do 6 Things to Protect Your Financial Future, Do These!

As Rich Bitches, we love to plan: our outfits, our weekends, and (of course) our killer career moves. But we're not always as on-the-ball about planning for our finances down the road. Luckily, you don't even need to get into a 401(k) debate (in fact, I argue that those aren't for everyone!). Just try these 6 easy peasy things to protect Future You...now: 1. Create a spending plan that you can (actually) stick to. Budgeting does not mean having less fun. It means making conscious decisions about how you’re going to deploy your money based on how you want to live. [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:50+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Finance 101|1 Comment

February 22nd — Protect Yourself

Research has shown that when we think about our future selves, our brains recognize that self as another person. Yep, our brains don’t think of the Future You as the same person as the Present You. We are detached from who we'll become down the road, and that can make us pretty lax about planning ahead for that Future Us to live in style. The thing is, there are a lot of things you can be doing right now to make life for Future You even more fabulous down the road. And that starts with caring for your money in the same way you care [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:50+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Nicole's Note|0 Comments

The 5 Best Apps for Your Financial Health

There's a ton of research out there about how your finances affect your health. In fact, I did a whole segment with my buddy Dr. Oz about how your shopping habits can adversely affect your stress levels and emotions. Luckily, there's a lot of help out there, including many apps that can keep you on track mentally and financially right from your smartphone. Here's a roundup of my favorites: Zero Willpower: If you want to get serious about curbing your spending, download blocking apps instead of shopping apps. Zero Willpower lets you block specific websites so that you can't access them [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:50+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Featured, Health|0 Comments

#FunGoals: What They Are and Why You Should Have Them

You know by now that I'm a big proponent of building one thing  into your budget: FUN. I wouldn’t confuse this category with frivolity, although I’d like to think that some frivolity is part of every happy life. (“Everything in moderation, including moderation” anyone?) What I’m really suggesting here is that we live to maximize our understanding of what makes a fulfilling life. Maybe you want to take flying lessons or become a black belt in jujitsu or simply spend more time with your family. No judgments on the goals, but let’s lay ’em out there. You want to go on [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:50+00:00 February 17th, 2016|Living|0 Comments

February 15th — Take good care!

We talked a lot last week about arranging our goals into the Three F's: Finance, Family, and Fun and we started by setting our sights on L-O-V-E. This week, we go a deeper dive into that last part: F-U-N. I'm all about building fun right into your budget so you can enjoy your hard earned cash, and no, I'm not going to tell you how to spend it. But I will help you to set fun goals for yourself—and then make sure you have enough money to achieve them! So, do you have #FunGoals? Check out what those are here [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:50+00:00 February 15th, 2016|Nicole's Note|0 Comments

#FamGoals: How (and Why) to Plan Your Love Life the Same Way You Plan Your Finances

It’s such a personal question, but you’ll get it all the time. And even if you hate being asked, you’ll probably end up answering anyway: “Do you want to get married?” And if you are already married or in a serious relationship, there’s this one: “Do you want to have kids?” Then, if you have a kid, it’s “Do you want to have more kids?” I used to be the girl who had no idea how to answer these questions, which made me feel out of control and, frankly, more than a little freaked out. So along with my [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:50+00:00 February 13th, 2016|Sex|0 Comments

How To Plan Your Three F’s—And Live Your Dream Life

Being a Rich Bitch means living the life you want, but you’re not going to get what you want until you figure out what that is. I know, right: "Thanks Captain Obvious." But these are big, serious questions. And that’s why I like to break them down into the basic components, or what I call the Three F’s: Finance, Fun and Family. We’ll take a look at each of these categories and make a plan for setting goals so you can maximize what you want from all three—and live the life you imagine. You might think you know what you [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:50+00:00 February 9th, 2016|Living|0 Comments

February 8th — The Three F’s

It's the simplest question in the world but also the most difficult to answer: what do you want to do with your life? There was a time when I couldn't answer that question (and let's be honest, my response it still evolving day to day). You're not going to have all of the answers, but that doesn't mean can't get a little control by planning out your three F's: finance, family, and FUN. This week, we learn more about the Three F's and why they're so important for living the life you want. Then we'll talk about how you can use [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:50+00:00 February 8th, 2016|Nicole's Note|0 Comments
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