Are You Afraid to Spend Money?

If you're on track with your financial goals, I think you should incorporate life's little luxuries into your life now -- not in the distant future.

9 Ways to Live Large for Less

Is your idea of luxury staying in a castle, flying in a private jet or having a personal chef? There are ways an Average Joe can afford such splurges.

We Test Out the $175,000 'Royal Bed'

Savoir Beds, a British luxury mattress maker, just introduced a $175,000 bed. How much do you actually need to spend on a good night's sleep?

The 10 Most Expensive Cities in the United States

The Council for Community and Economic Research just released its sixth annual city cost-of-living rankings. We'll tell you which cities made its top 10 list, plus the average costs of a few ordinary purchases in each one to help put those expenses in perspective.

Midday Market Minute: Michael Kors Shares Jump To Lifetime High

Fashion company Michael Kors Holdings Ltd raised its full-year forecast after handily beating Wall Street estimates for its third-quarter results with the help of strong sales of luxury items in North America and Europe during the holidays. The results sent the company's shares up 13 percent to a lifetime high on the New York Stock Exchange.

World's Most Expensive Cities

$9 for a loaf of bread in Tokyo? $2,100 for a dinner bill in Paris? To see which cities are the most expensive for residents and visitors, the Economist looked at the prices -- in U.S. dollars -- of everyday items in cities worldwide.

Luxury Biz on Edge After Japan's Earthquake

The Japanese are the world's most voracious consumers of luxury goods, from Louis Vuitton handbags to Cartier jewelry to Hermes high fashion. So purveyors of those luxury goods are justifiably worried about the effect of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on their bottom lines.

Five Ways Women Sabotage Their Financial Futures

While both men and women are prone to a variety of costly financial blunders, many women seem to be plagued with a gender-specific set of tendencies that sabotages their relationship with money. Here's are women's most common financial missteps -- and how to avoid them.

Consumers Are Finding Cash for 'Small Luxuries'

As the economy improves, Americans have begun splurging again. But they're limiting their indulgences to haircuts, casual dining and coffee, while continuing to forego many bigger expenditures, like vacations and dining at expensive restaurants.