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

3 Personal Finance Myths…BUSTED

Myth: “Makeup is a ‘luxury’ item. Nicole says: Makeup is a work investment Get this: a team of Harvard researchers found recently that wearing a moderate amount of makeup makes your colleagues take you more seriously (well, if you're a chick). Yes, for the first time, HAH-vard scholars studied eyeshadow! Researchers showed subjects the same woman with varying degrees of makeup on, and the one with a moderate amount of makeup (clean and professional looking but not overdone) was assumed to be the most “competent” at work. Considering that a decent tube of lipstick costs around $8, it’s a small [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:53+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Health|1 Comment

What the Heck is the Difference Between an FSA and an HSA, Anyway?! (And Why You Should Have One)

Americans spend over twice as much per capita on healthcare as the average developed country does, at an average of $8,508 per person per year. That adds up to $2.8 trillion, or a staggering 18% of our GDP (that’s Gross Domestic Product, as you remember from our handy dictionary!). Yep, health care is expensive, and we’re not always so good about paying for it, either. 1 in 5 Americans is contacted by bill collectors about medical debt, and medical debt accounts for $1 out of every $3 owed in collection accounts, far more than all other debt in collections. So how can [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:54+00:00 October 14th, 2015|Health|0 Comments

3 Ways to Protect Your Best Business Asset: Your Health!

It’s not all about having a rockin’ bod—although sure, that’s a great asset to have. Your health is your most important asset. After all, you are your own brand ambassador, and you have to be healthy in order to shine, inside and out. The reality is that if you are starting your own business, you likely have to pay for your own health insurance and doctors’ appointments. You no longer have paid sick days. Taking days off may be easy since you are your own boss, but every day that you’re not working, you’re also potentially missing opportunities. If you [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:59+00:00 August 24th, 2015|Health|0 Comments

7 Weird Ways to Unwind After Work

I'm all about hustling your buns off all day at work, but when you leave the office (even if it is your home office) you need to let yourself mentally decompress. A recent study showed that many women view their homes as second jobs: housework, bills to pay, and a dog to walk, oh my! I know you can handle all of that and then some, but before you dive into job numero dos here are some creative ways to R-E-L-A-X: 1. Shut it down: My favorite apps (I know, I know, it sounds counterproductive to download an app to unwind [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:55:00+00:00 August 11th, 2015|Health|0 Comments

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Why Buying Packaged Food is Stupid

I first knew that I had “made it” when I could walk into Whole Foods and buy as many avocados as I wanted. Why? Because ripe, healthy avocados are expensive, and a luxury item I thought I couldn’t afford until I had “arrived.” But guess what? They aren’t nearly as expensive in the long run as the toll processed foods will take on your body. Americans throw away around $165 billion worth of perfectly good food every year. In fact, 40% of all the food in the United States today goes uneaten. Not only is that a huge waste of [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:55:04+00:00 March 27th, 2015|Health|0 Comments

You CAN and SHOULD Negotiate Your Medical Bills

If you’ve received a medical bill recently, then what I’m about to say likely won’t come as a surprise: in the United States, we spend A LOT on healthcare. In fact, we spend more than twice as much per capita on healthcare than the average developed country does, at an average of $8,508 per person per year. (FYI: That adds up to $2.8 trillion total, or a staggering 18% of GDP.) Actually paying those bills? That’s another story. It’s not a pretty picture: 1 in 5 Americans is contacted by bill collectors about medical debt. Medical debt accounts for $1 out [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:55:08+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Health|1 Comment