Style on the Cheap: Dress Professionally on a Budget

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Something about the words “professional dress” are just so intimidating for most college students. We’re not 100 percent sure what professional dress means, and in every business-y situation we find ourselves questioning what is appropriate or not. Dressing professionally is easier than you might think, though. It all depends on where you work. As an […]

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The Costs of Country Living

For most of my life, I lived outside of city limits and to this day my parents still live out in the country. I’ve found there are some money saving benefits to living outside the limits, plus you get to experience the beauty of nature every day. Living in the country is great, but like […]

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Cait’s Extreme Frugal Tips

Many people consider themselves frugal, even cheap. However, I don’t know anyone so unwilling to part with money as my sister, Cait. Getting her to spend money on anything is a challenge. Her techniques are a little extreme, but they’re worth sharing. Cait’s extreme frugal tip (CEFT) #1: Eat a plain peanut butter sandwich for […]

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Moving to a New State: 5 steps to help you transition into your new life smoothly

When I originally found out I was moving to California from New Hampshire, I was elated; a job at LinkedIn, a brand new coast, and a bunch of great opportunities awaited me. Over time, that elation turned to confusion, and then took a complete turn to fear. Where would I live? Could I afford it? […]

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Prepay For Maternity Care, Save Money

Looking for ways to save money for both mom and baby? You might want to consider the cost-saving choice I made–prepaying for maternity care. Many hospitals and gynecology offices offer this option, and you’ll find it can be an excellent value, particularly for those of us without health insurance covering maternity costs.  Security Equals Savings […]

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A city, a state, and a province that will help pay your student loans

After college graduation, there are two main obstacles most students face: figuring out how to pay back massive amounts of student loan debt and finding a good place to move. It turns out, you can take care of both at once. These three places are hoping to boost business and population, so they’re looking for […]

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Decluttering my cosmetics collection

I admit that I’m a beauty product junkie. If it promises to plump, lashify, de-wrinkle, and de-puff in all the right places, I’m on it. Thanks to this vulnerability to shiny tubes and bottles, I’ve accumulated a mega collection of makeup, products, and product samples over the years–from worthless snake oils to stuff that really […]

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Cottage Food Laws: Bake and Sell from Home

I recently made my first attempt at baking macarons, the Parisian delicacy that’s hard to come by in the U.S. and notorious for being finicky to make. As I waited for the crispy cookie shells to bake in the oven, I took in the almond flour scent and imagined a blissful life running a macaron […]

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My Experience with Baby Wise: A Controversial Sleep Method Explained

Guest author Ashley Thomas became a mother in December of 2011. Prior to mommy duty, she worked in childcare for five years and has helped raise children from infants to nine years of age.  Babies have very basic needs: hunger, hygiene, love and attention, and sleep. Sleep is arguably most important (outside of feeding, of […]

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Why Do Wedding Dresses Cost So Much?

Have you ever wondered what goes into the cost of a wedding dress? In a video by NPR’s Planet Money out earlier this week, reporter Caitlin Kenney sets out to determine just that. To investigate, she first takes her dress to the owner of a wholesale fabric company, who estimates that the fabric in her […]

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Baby’s College Fund: 529 Plans vs. Gerber Life College Plan

“How am I going to pay for this kid’s college education?” Every parent stresses about this, especially when considering average tuition at public colleges rose 8.3 percent to $8,244 in 2011. Private colleges rose 4.3 percent, and now cost about $42,224 including room and board. Scholarships and grants can take the edge off, but if you […]

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