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Why I Would Rather Get COVID Than Move With PODS Again

Sometimes when you try to save money, it ends up costing you way more. And sometimes, it doesn’t only cost you more money but time, and I’ve long said that(Read more)

How To Cure Financial Anxiety

In addition to pandemic and post-election anxiety, many of us are also having financial anxiety right now. Whether it’s because of job losses during Covid or the uncertainty of the future, the(Read more)

How To Teach Your Kids (and Yourself!) About Money

Teaching kids about money is not easy. No five-year-old wants to sit in front of the computer learning how to do online banking or watching their parents write a check.(Read more)

Where To Put That Mani Money

When you’re thinking about how to allocate your money, remember the 3 E’s—essentials, endgame, and extras. You should be putting the majority of your take-home pay (65%) into Essentials, 30(Read more)

How Dating Financial Dynamics Have Changed

Dating is a tricky business and even trickier during COVID. “Who pays the bill on the first date?” has become “if they offer to order you dinner, do you give(Read more)

How To Stretch Your Stimulus Check & Save Money

So, you received your stimulus check from the government. That’s great! You’ve gotten over the first hurdle. Now what to do with that $1,200? (if that’s how much you received).(Read more)

Getting Rid Of Bad Investments

We’ve all been there. That toxic ex whose Instagram we can’t stop stalking or continuing to buy sneakers online (even though we already have twenty sitting unworn in the closet).(Read more)

How to Keep Kicking A$$ During COVID

We keep hearing that life is “on pause,” but actually, this is a time to thrive. You don’t need to put yourself or your business on hold just because you(Read more)

5 Ways To Stop Drunk Shopping

Drunk might be funny, but it’s not cool. According to a study of more than 2,000 alcohol-consuming American adults, drunk shopping is an estimated $45 billion per year industry with(Read more)

How To Make Up $$ You Lost With Your Side Hustle

Thanks to COVID-19, we now need side hustles for our side hustles. A lot of traditional side hustles dried up when restaurants, bars, and coffee shops closed–and the uncertainty over(Read more)

You Got Furloughed, Now What?

Before the pandemic, getting furloughed wasn’t exactly a familiar situation. It still isn’t. There’s a lot of confusion about what being furloughed actually means. Do I still have a job?(Read more)

Your Options For Student Loans Right Now

I’m sure you have heard of “good debt” and “bad debt.” The former includes student loans and the latter includes credit card debt. It’s like “good fat” and “bad fat”(Read more)

Top 4 Myths About The Stimulus Checks

I’ve been hearing confusion all day today about stimulus checks and it’s time to set the record straight! Don’t believe these 4 myths: You need to sign up or register(Read more)

6 Ways To Deal With Market Fluctuations

I know it feels like you need a valium these days to look at the market. My advice (coming from a former network news anchor): try not to check the(Read more)

6 Ways Freelancers Can Get Financial Help Right Now

Some of the hardest words to say are “I need help,” especially during the times when you need help the most. While we are all trying to make sense of(Read more)

What Does This Market Jargon Mean? 7 Terms You Think You Know But Don’t

I truly believe that money is just a language like anything else, we just don’t have a Rosetta Stone for it and we didn’t learn it growing up. The first(Read more)

3 Money Mindsets To Keep During A Crisis

It’s a “New Normal” in business. But, what do you do when nothing feels “normal?” Well, for starters, know that you’re not alone. Then, shift your mindset. You don’t have(Read more)

5 Money Tips To Navigate The Pandemic

I wrote three personal finance/business books and covered money news for more than a decade — but I can honestly say, this “new normal” is something I never expected. Sure,(Read more)

Live With A Partner? Here’s The Money Talk You Should Make Part Of Date Night

For many couples, talking about money can be tricky. But if you live together or share any finances, it’s essential to have consistent check-ins about where you are dollar-wise to(Read more)

Making the Most of Your Taxes

Dipping your toes into the entrepreneurial waters by deciding to work for yourself or taking on a side-job in addition to your regular 9-5 can be oh-so-exciting! It can also(Read more)

How Much Of Your Paycheck You Should Spend vs. Save

It may seem hard to figure out how to make the most of your monthly paycheck when for most of us, it’s not changing month-to-month. But, you can make sure(Read more)

IRS Penalties for Filing/Paying Late

Here’s a strange-but-true story for ya: Al Capone was one of the most notorious American mobsters of the 20th century, but the FBI struggled to pin any actual crimes on(Read more)

Last Minute Tax Tips for Late Filers

It’s probably something you’ve wondered about before: just what happens when you miss the tax filing deadline? I get it, sometimes certain things just fall through the cracks. In this(Read more)

5 Ways to Boost Your Financial Wellness

Now that January is over, I have to ask — how are those financial resolutions coming along? It takes about 3-4 weeks to create a new habit, so hopefully, the(Read more)

5 Financial Resolutions That Are Almost Fun to Keep

You have to be honest with yourself if you want to take control of your finances. It’s like going to the gym to get in shape but lying about what(Read more)

The Top 5 Ways to Stick To A Budget For Holiday Shopping!

This post is sponsored by Zelle®. Time and money. We all need more of those two things all the time but most especially during this time of year. My mission:(Read more)

10 Retirement Tips

Finally starting to think about retirement, but no idea where to start? Or maybe you’re a bit closer to riding off into the retirement sunset, but aren’t sure you saved(Read more)

QUIZ: Should you buy or rent a home?

If you’re dead set on buying a home, here’s a quiz to see if you are considering everything. Remember that housing should make up about 35% of your overall monthly(Read more)

6 Things Early Tax Filers Need to Know

Early filing: The earlier you file your taxes, the earlier you can get your refund back. If you have your paperwork ready (W-2s from your employer to report any wage(Read more)

How To: Find Your Side Hustle Sweet Spot

You clearly know how to hustle. But do you know how to “side hustle?” It’s a popular phrase in today’s work world because it’s a popular thing to do. A(Read more)

7 Steps to Recover from a Holiday Spending Hangover

It’s an easy thing to do: blow your entire month’s budget on holiday shopping, festive outfits, and dining out. Trust me: I’ve been there, too. It wasn’t until I graduated(Read more)

Shop Smarter, Not Harder

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.(Read more)

When it Comes to Investing, Confidence is Key

Here’s why you should care about investing: because stashing your money under a mattress is ridiculous. Not only because it doesn’t make you money, but because you actually lose money. Yes, you lose money. No,(Read more)

7 Ways to Spot Unwanted Charges on Your Credit Card

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(Read more)

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(Read more)

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(Read more)

Why You Can (and SHOULD) Negotiate EVERYTHING

People think that whenever they get a bill from any official looking source, it’s set in stone. It’s not. No bill is. Never assume you’re stuck with what you’re offered(Read more)

How Often Should You REALLY Be Checking Your Budget?

A recent study showed that 19% of women think of sex daily, if not several times per day, and two-thirds of women surveyed were thinkin’ about it at least on(Read more)

The Dirty Shopping Habit Many of Us Have (But No One Talks About!)

We’ve talked about shopping a lot here on NicoleLapin.com, and I’m usually the first to say that shopping is totally fine — as long as you build it into your(Read more)

New Year New You Financial Bootcamp

According to the recent Millennial Mindset on Money Survey conducted by Capital One, more than a quarter (27%) of Millennials say that establishing a solid nest egg would give them(Read more)

How To: Recover From a Spending Hangover

It’s an easy thing to do: blow your entire month’s budget on holiday shopping, festive outfits, and dining out. Trust me: I’ve been there, too. It wasn’t until I had(Read more)

5 Sneaky Hidden Holiday Expenses (and How to Avoid Them!)

You planned your holiday shopping well in advance; made a detailed list so you’re not tempted to buy extra items; and stashed a little extra dough every month to prepare(Read more)

5 Creative Ways to Save on Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

Down to the wire on your holiday shopping? That doesn’t mean you have to completely blow your budget, especially not when you’ve been on the financial “Nice List” all year!(Read more)

3 Tough Truths About Housing that Will Ultimately Make You Feel Happier in Your Home

When I moved from Atlanta to New York City to start my dream job at CNBC, and started looking for apartments, I almost hyperventilated at the prices. Keep in mind, this(Read more)

How to Car Shop Like a Pro

Need a new car? Sick of your old wheels? Repeat after me: always buy used. Relax, it’s not embarrassing at ALL. Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, is worth an estimated(Read more)

How To: Organize Your Paper Trail STAT!

If you’re a cash-only person and you don’t hang on to old bills, stop it! Ask for receipts to help you track where the money is really going. And don’t crumple them and(Read more)

3 Things You Don’t Know About Your Income (But Should)

Money might not be so easy to earn, but it is easy to calculate. What comes in is your “income” (duh). But, as you’ve probably noticed from your pay stubs, the money(Read more)

Post-Divorce Boot Camp

So you want to look like a hot divorcée—you might as well act like one, too. You may still be getting used to your life as a single lady, but(Read more)

10 Holiday Savings Ideas You Haven’t Heard Of (But Should…)

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(Read more)

5 Sneaky (But Totally Legal!) Ways to Reduce College Costs

What I’m going to say shouldn’t surprise you: college is expensive. In fact, according to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2014–2015 school year(Read more)

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