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February 29, 2012 10:03 ET

Ladies, Take Control of Your Finances in Honor of Leap Year, From Informa Research Services

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 29, 2012) - According to British Isle folk tradition, women are allowed to propose marriage on a leap year. In this same vein, Informa Research Services, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE: INF), offers tips for women who want to take charge and control of their finances this leap year (

1. Set a goal. Make a promise.
Whether caring for children, family, or friends, women frequently put their own concerns on the backburner. But it is important to remember to take care of yourself, and this applies to finances as well. Some women find it helpful to discuss their goal with their friends or spouse. Voicing your goals may garner support which can help you achieve your newly set financial goal. You may find yourself setting the financial trend in your social circles!

2. Be financially independent.
Don't rely on anyone to take care of your finances for you. Being financially independent is a smart way to ensure you will always be able to take care of yourself, with or without a significant other. Furthermore, because women still earn only 81 cents to every dollar men earn, it is doubly important for women to be financially savvy (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

3. Don't use money to make yourself feel good.
This one's for those self-proclaimed shopaholics out there. Many women look to purchasing material objects to attain a feeling of happiness. Don't let yourself fall into this trap. Remember that there are other, non-material ways to satisfy these feelings and you could find yourself quickly growing wealthier with the money saved!

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