Author Archives: Jean Chatzky

Money Talks. Would You Talk Back?

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Gil Meche of the Kansas City Royals walked away from $12 million. Jean Chatzky wonders: would you do the same?

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The “Guts” of Decision Making

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When should you trust your instinct? Jean Chatzky investigates

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6 Ways To Spend Less This Holiday Season

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Financial guru Jean Chatzky reveals how to keep impulse buying in check

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Save Our Community Colleges Before It’s Too Late

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“I have always said community colleges were one of America’s best-kept secrets,” Dr. Jill Biden, the second lady of the United States and a long-time community college instructor, said yesterday as she opened the first White House Summit on Community Colleges. “Today’s summit shows that is no longer the case.” I was invited not as […]

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Why You Only Need 6 Items of Clothing

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Confession: I punted on wOw’s Question of the Week about which five things – things, as Joan Juliet Buck pointed out, not people, pets, places, but things – I wouldn’t want to live without. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about it. I feel like I’ve been living it for the past month. […]

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The Motherhood Penalty

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When I graduated from college I remember telling my then-boyfriend’s mother: One day I’m going to be the editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine. I was a little full of myself, admittedly. And unaware of the amount of hard work and talent it would take to land as a top editor in Si Newhouse’s stable. I started […]

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Don’t Invest on an Empty Stomach

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We’ve heard (and I know from experience) before that grocery shopping on an empty stomach is bound to lead to carts that are too full (Cap’n Crunch, anyone?) and wallets that are too empty. Other research has shown that attempting to window shop – for non-food-related things – when your stomach is rumbling because you’re […]

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Saving – Not Spending – Makes Consumers Feel Smarter

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They don’t call it smart shopping for nothing but these days it’s not the money we spend that’s making us feel brainy – it’s the money we save. That’s what the researchers from Deloitte and The Harrison group learned. They surveyed 2,000-plus consumers and learned that four out of five say they find saving money […]

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3 Steps to Finding a Job Faster

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The jobs picture is pretty dismal. The official national unemployment rate is still at a relatively high 9.5% – and the underemployment rate at a more alarming 16.5%. But that’s not all of it. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than five applicants for every job. It now takes 35 weeks […]

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Wake Up and Smell the Recession

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Wednesday morning, I – like millions of other readers online and off – read the front page story in The New York Times entitled “American Dream Is Elusive for a New Generation.” It tells the story of you, Scott. How at age 24, you’re still unemployed despite graduating Colgate University (and winning a dean’s award […]

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