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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How I Learned to be My Own Boss

I come from a family of self-employed entrepreneurs.  I have witnessed their struggles over the years, but I’ve also seen the freedom that comes from setting your own rules, and working on your own terms. For almost eight years I enjoyed a well-paying 9-to-5 job in the medical industry. And when I say enjoyed it, […]

How to Ask for a Raise at Work

So you’re ready for a raise, huh? Being prepared is the key to successfully asking for — and getting — the raise you deserve. By following these steps, you can greatly improve your chances of receiving a nice pay raise. Check Company Policies Before making an appointment with your supervisor to discuss a raise, check […]

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 […]

The Don’ts of Living Alone

You’re living alone for the first time, congratulations! Living on your own and learning to take care of yourself is a big step toward adulthood, but having your own space means you’re responsible for everything, including the financial side of things. Take it from me; I’ve been living on my own for the last six […]

Building Your Emergency Fund on a Budget

At this point, you’re probably sick of hearing about the importance of an emergency fund. Yes, you get it: It’s important to set aside money for the rainy days. But if you can barely save a month’s worth of expenses, how can you possibly save up enough money for six months? Luckily, you don’t have […]

From Secretary to Freelance Writer

Truth be told, I never had a dream of being my own boss. The only aspirations I had were to be the best employee, wife and mother I could be. I was earning a living working at a job with the state and had been employed by the same agency for about four years. I had […]

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 […]

10 Ways to Be More Professional

There’s no reason for you to adhere to Mrs. Snooty Mannerkins’ Guide to Fork and Spoon Etiquette for Prim Lads and Lasses, but acting professionally is good sense. To ensure that you’re not dismissed as a slobby fool by peers and bosses, keep these 10 “I learned this the hard way” tips from us staffers in […]

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 […]

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