Set yourself up for success with these smart year-end financial strategies.

Another year is coming to a close but there’s still time to make some great changes to help your finances. Early December is a great time to maximize your benefits and get ready for a prosperous new year.

Here are some smart moves to make this month before it’s too…

As residents in Portland debate ideas for the future of a dying mall, many see a homeless shelter as the perfect option. Other cities are having similar conversations.

It’s not news in Portland, Oregon that the Lloyd Center Mall has been dying a long, slow death for many years now. Like many cities around the country, Portland has moved away from the idea of mega malls and focused more on the development of small, independent businesses.

The debate…

You can get some bargains without breaking the bank

The big meal is over, the leftovers are stashed in the fridge, and it’s time to think about day two of the big Thanksgiving holiday: Black Friday.

Although the term “Black Friday” was first used in the 1950s to describe the holiday frenzy that happens the day after Thanksgiving, it…

Big warning signs should give you pause if you’re taking your relationship to the next level.

Have you ever looked back at a past relationship and wondered how you missed all the red flags?

As they say, hindsight is 20/20. Not all so-called “red flags” are dealbreakers for a new relationship, but being aware of potential issues early on can help you make an informed decision…

Going out of town together for the first time presents some challenges. Here’s how to minimize conflict before you leave home.

In every new relationship, there are milestones that test the fragile bonds of coupledom: meeting the family or kids, having your first fight, and your first out-of-town travel excursion.

I’d been dating a guy for three months when he asked me to go to a reunion with him in San…

Rose Bak

Rose Bak is a freelance writer, author and yoga teacher who lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit or follow @authorrosebak on social media.

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