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Success S av v y
I f the economy has you
sweating silver bullets,
don’t fret. We’ve compiled
a list of a few things to
keep you busy — and positive
— until things get better.
Kiss & Tell?
Q: I’m a recently engaged
20-something woman with a major
dilemma. As the owner of my own
business, work allows me the freedom to
work from home while interacting with a
variety of clients around South Florida.
A few weeks ago, I had too many glasses
of wine with one of my clients and we
kissed. We haven’t talked about it since.
I’m dreading telling my fiancé. Is this
grounds for calling off the wedding?!
1. SAY HELLO: Nothing
brings the nation together
like an economic meltdown.
Start up a conversation with
a stranger by sharing your
A: Mingling with others may be
part of how you conduct business, but
learn to draw the line. In my experience
working with couples, I’ve dealt with
the issues of infidelity pre- and post-
marriage. In order to have a serious
relationship, a couple needs to start a
foundation of honesty, love, openness
and lack of deceit to be successful. As
far as revealing the kiss to your fiancé, it
may put him in a lot of pain. I advise you
make sure this is the person you want to
marry and remain faithful.
2. SHOP CHOP: Some of
the best deals on the planet
pop up when consumer
spending is stalled. Don’t be
surprised if you come across
4-for-1 drink specials at the
nearest bar or triple-digit
pricetags on designer duds at
the finest couture showrooms
Lisette N. Beraja of
Beraja Counseling Center
is a Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist with more
than 10 years of experience
working with families. If you
have a question you’d like
answered in a future edition
of Brickell Magazine, email
it to Editor@BrickellMag.com or Lisette@Beraja.
com. Due to high volume, we will not be able to
respond to all submissions. All names will be withheld
to ensure the privacy of our readers.
3. CATCH UP: Email
clogged? Laundry stacked
up? Fridge smelling funky?
Instead of going out to spend
your paycheck, take some
time to de-clutter your life.
You can always enjoy the
things you love once the
economy bounces back.
Smart you Cards your
Whether pay off
balance every billing cycle
or not doesn’t matter. What’s
important is the advantages
and incentives your credit
card offers you that others
don’t. Here are some credit
cards we’ve found that will
put all the money you spend
to good use.
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The American Express Blue Cash Card
offers 5% cashback at supermarkets,
gas stations and drug stores...and
1.5% on everything else, once you
spend $6,500 in a given year.
The Discover Platinum Gas Card
gives you a 5% rebate on all gas
purchases, up to the first $1,200 you
spend at the pump. After that, you
still earn a rebate on purchases.
Citibank’s ThankYou Network is
fee-free and offers innovative ways
to accumulate points and redeem
them including gift certificates and
credit toward student loans.