January 11th – New Year New You Financial Bootcamp

Are you ready kick 2016 off right by getting it together and getting it all? Well, this week I have something BIG cookin' that will help you do just that. Introducing: my New Year New You Bootcamp presented by Capital One! This three-week program will help you get into financial shape to start 2016 off right. Because here’s the thing: budgeting sucks. But so does being broke. So instead of being freaked out by getting your financial you-know-what together, let’s make a plan. Do you have three weeks? That’s not even a full month! Well, good. Welcome to financial bootcamp. We’re going to [...]

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December 28th – New Year, New YOU!

2015 was quite the year, globally and, well, for me personally. It was the year that saw the legalization of gay marriage and the proliferation of legalized marijuana; the rise of Isis and domestic mass shootings; Trump and Caitlin hitting the national stage; the first-ever flyby of Pluto; the death of Yogi Berra and Bobbi Kristina Brown; the fall and rise of the Patriots; and the invention of the genius app that blocks all Kardashian News. For me, it was the year that saw the release of my first book, Rich Bitch, and national (ahem, sold out!) book tour; the launch of my new [...]

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December 21st – Finance can be festive!

This time of year is all about abundance: holiday parties, decadent food, and (if you’re lucky) presents and treats to last year round. But if there’s one thing you’re likely short on this holiday season, it’s time. Life is busy enough; you should be able to spend time with family and friends throughout the holidays, not running around for their gifts! So this week we're saving your time (and your sanity) with some clever online tips and tricks which will have your shopping done, money saved, and even workout completed so you can enjoy the rest of what the holidays [...]

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December 14th – Are You On Track?

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've probably seen some of the news reports and studies out there saying how behind Millennials are when it comes to major life milestones. We're getting married later (the average age of first marriage in the United States is 27 for women and 29 for men, up from 23 for women and 26 for men in 1990 and 20 and 22 (!) in 1960); we're buying homes later (the average age of first time home buyers is now 31, meaning that many Millennials rent for almost a decade!); and we're having kids later (a record-high [...]

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December 7th – Make a Plan, Diane

I was 25 years old when I first moved to New York City, and, after living in Atlanta for a few years for my dream job at CNN, I was ecstatic to be in what I felt was the center of the universe. The city was everything I had dreamed of—greasy cabs, trash piled high, the naked Cowboy in Times Square. I knew what I was getting into and loved it just the same, except for the part I didn’t think much about: money. Namely, the amount of it it takes to live in The City. When I moved there, [...]

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November 30th – Don’t Be a Grinch!

If I were to offer three little words of advice to all of the holiday shoppers out there, it would be: don’t. get. crazy. Trust me, it’s easy to do. I was speaking on this topic during a recent workshop and one woman shared this tale: She had recently landed a job at her dream law firm, and was eager to impress her new boss. So when she got the invitation to the annual office holiday party, she decided to buy her a gift. Not wanting to appear cheap, she dropped $250 on a beautiful Hermes scarf. But there was [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:52+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Nicole's Note|0 Comments

November 23rd – Be Thankful

I was speaking at a holiday event in LA last week when someone in the audience asked my favorite question of all time: "Yeah, I know I need to get my finances together but...where do I even start??" I hear that question a lot, and I get it. Pulling the trigger on getting your financial you-know-what together can be scary, daunting, downright terrifying. But that's not a good enough reason to put off your future financial destiny. So this week, show yourself (and your wallet) some gratitude by getting organized. We're going to start by pulling those old receipts out [...]

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November 16th – The Power of One

“Be the heroine of your own life, not the victim” That’s one of my favorite “get over it” quotes of all time, and, of course, it’s from one of the original Rich Bitches: the playwright, author, and divorcée Nora Ephron. After she famously split from her husband, journalist Carl Bernstein (as in the Woodward & Bernstein duo that broke the Watergate scandal), in 1983, Nora rebelled against the traditional idea about divorce that “you were just supposed to curl up into a ball and move to Connecticut.” Instead, she turned her despair into prose, writing several wildly successful novels and [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:52+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Nicole's Note|0 Comments

November 9th – ‘Tis the Season!

You know how the song goes: "It's the most wonderful time of the year." True, but it's also the most expensive. I understand; this time of year is sentimental (and prices on everything from holiday decorations to food to gifts reflect that). But it’s just not worth it to derail your budget in the very last month of the year when you’ve been so good leading up to it. So this year, we're going to plan ahead for holiday shopping, tipping, and entertainment so we can enjoy the best parts of this season without the financial stress that often follows in [...]

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November 2nd – Pretty Smart

I've spent a lot of time working with college-aged women on their financial woes (believe me, with the student loan bubble about to burst there are many) and the one thing I hear again and again is the complaint that secondary eduction has become so expensive. The numbers aren't pretty: according to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2014–2015 school year was $31,231 at private colleges, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. Yikes! But here's what I say to those disgruntled chicks: who pays the sticker price for college anyway?! As a Rich Bitch, [...]

By | 2017-01-23T08:54:53+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|Nicole's Note|0 Comments
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