Your Holiday "Honey Do" List: 5 Financial Tasks In 5 Minutes

Picture this. It’s the Christmas holiday and you’re taking several well-deserved vacation days. You’re laying on the couch with a belly full of holiday goodness. You’ve napped, perused a book, and conquered a few family members in a rousing game of Monopoly.

If you’re anything like me, after a couple days you may start feeling a little antsy to get something done--but “working” will get you chided by your family, right?

Well if you need a little “work around” here are a few quick things you can do to shape up your financial life, each one literally taking about 5 minutes to complete. You’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something, and no one can blame you for working too much.

My $28,000 Financial Mistake (And One You Can Easily Avoid)

On a warm summer morning in June 2009, I awoke to a slight ache in my right kidney. This didn’t alarm me too much. I had felt kidney aches before, and this just seemed like another small episode, easily resolved with my usual remedies. Besides, I was concluding the first year of my MBA and had earned a great internship. It was time to work and impress!