Every Penny Counts: Stretching your grocery budget

News flash: If you’re still buying unhealthy pizzas and burgers instead of salmon and veggies because you think it’s too expensive, you’re wrong. In fact, the Harvard School of Public Health estimates that it only costs $1.50 more per day to eat what’s considered to be the “healthiest” diet — one rich in fruits, vegetables and lean […]

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Traveling Overseas? Here’s what you need

I recently had the opportunity to backpack through Europe with my best friend from college. In an effort to prove my worried family wrong (we may have watched “Taken” too many times), I compiled a list of everything we would need for our trip overseas, from our passport to an extra hair dryer. If it’s […]

Kitchen Appliances You’ll Actually Want to Buy

These days, it seems like there’s a kitchen gadget for just about everything. From fancy egg slicers to $200 waffle makers, it’s easy enough to spend a small fortune outfitting your kitchen with tools and convenient items. Now you may be thinking that kitchen appliances are a good investment, since, conceivably, they’ll encourage you to […]

Life After College is Still Expensive

A few years ago I graduated from college and I did not realize the amount of money I would need to spend over the course of the next three months. There are, unfortunately, numerous expenses associated with graduating from college — from finding your own apartment to feeding yourself — that many people should be aware […]

Road Trippin’ on a Budget

There’s nothing like hitting the open road in search of adventure. Whether you have a specific destination in mind or are willing to stay flexible and see where your travels take you, road tripping can be a fun, affordable way to get off the beaten path and see parts of the country you never even knew […]

Brain Scams: Supermarkets influence our food choices

There are a lot of reasons we buy what we buy at the grocery store, from lifestyles to economic factors. But something else is at play: a few wily supermarket tricks. Retailers realize their customers are tired and distracted. They also know we process a heck of a lot of information each day, which means […]

How to Keep Your Wedding Feast From Going Over Budget

‘Tis the season for weddings and wedding planning. It’s crazy excitement all wrapped up in a big ball of money. If you think venues are expensive, just wait until you get to the food part of your wedding budget. And here’s the kicker — you don’t ever want to skimp on the food. Wedding guests […]

Travel Time: How to make your money last

It’s vacation time! Whether it’s because you’ve just finished another term of school, got a promotion or it’s simply time for a break, everyone feels the need to get out there and rub their toes in someone else’s lawn — preferably one in a foreign country. But, before you take off your shoes, pre-trip investigation […]

Can You Haggle Your Way to a Better Deal?

Modern American shoppers may not practice it often, but haggling is in our blood. The art of haggling was embraced in the U.S.A. until the late 1800s, when the concept of the sticker price was introduced. By the 1930s, sticker prices on everyday purchases were well established. In Asia, Africa and Latin America, however, haggling […]

Filing Bankruptcy: Is it worth the fresh start?

When Antonio can’t pay his debt in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, the creditor asks for a pound of flesh. Nowadays if you’re dangerously in the hole, you can’t give up a hand but you can file for bankruptcy. If your debt is discharged, creditors can no longer collect on those debts, and you’re no longer liable […]

Overdraft Drama: How to keep your money safe

Don’t count on your debit card or check being rejected at the register when you don’t have enough money to cover your purchase. Quite frequently, you can walk out of the store with not only your purchase, but an account that’s now in the red and an overdraft fee from your financial institution. As long […]

An Overview on the Average Cost to Raise a Kid

Let’s be honest, having and raising a child is an opportunity to shape the next generation and is one of the most selfless acts you can commit. Plus, babies smell nice (sometimes) and are cute — have you seen those mini pink UGGs and tiny dishes? It can be hard not to get the “itch” […]

How to Start Your Indoor Garden

Walking through a local farmers market, you’ll find an assortment of homegrown fruits and vegetables. As one season yields to another, that delicious produce disappears. However, not everyone has to resort to the produce section of a local grocery conglomerate. Even in small spaces like apartments and dorm rooms, an indoor garden can thrive. Regardless […]