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Career Girl’s Year-End Financial Goal-Setting Checklist

  According to a Fidelity® study on New Year’s resolutions, almost half of Americans are setting some kind of financial goal this year. If you are one of those who are hoping that 2014 will be the Year of Financial ...

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4 Creative Money-Saving Tips

  It seems everywhere we turn these days we find a story about how to save money. I bite every time, only to find that most of the ideas shared (take your lunch to work, trade your car in for a less expensive model, shop t...

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Why Cyber Monday Trumps Black Friday [INFOGRAPHIC]

Struck out on Black Friday? Don’t worry, your favorite online retailers are getting their sale on tomorrow for “Cyber Monday.” Learn more about it with the infographic below:


Stick to Your Holiday Gift Budget

  It’s almost here – the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Right after Black Friday comes December, my favorite month. Despite the cold, snow and lack of sunshine, I love December because that’s when I wa...


Skip the Door Busting Lines and Go for “Small Business Saturday”

This Thanksgiving, skip the door buster lines on Thursday night and Friday morning, and do your part to help small businesses on “Small Business Saturday.” Learn more with the infographic below:


Financial Wisdom

One of the first things you see when you walk into my office is the sign that says, Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have. I’ve been collecting quotes like this most of my life an...

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Five Reasons to Ditch Your Private Office

CGN is delighted to host Julia Evans of Grind’s Collaborative Office Space this week. Enjoy a day working outside the system at Chicago’s newest collaborative workspace for the low price of 140 characters. Visit, ...


How I Finally Organized My Desk

  As a visual learner, my desk is usually a mess during the day (yes, that’s my desk in the photo) – I need a visual reminder to do something or it is “out of sight, out of mind,” literally. It may look like I...

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Financial Decisions That Seem Smart But Might Be Really Dumb

A couple weeks ago I realized a long-time dream of mine – I was a guest on the WGN Morning News, sharing tips about money for everyday people. It was so fun! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the money decisions ...


Major Decisions: The Best Jobs for Your Educational Background [INFOGRAPHIC]

Whether you’re just out of college or recently attended your 30 year reunion, you likely still have some affinity for your college major and educational background. Even if you’re a theater major who later became a ...