Category: Budgeting

Taking Time to Recalibrate with a Financial Cleanse

  With pen poised over a blank page, I struggled to ink my first goal for 2017. Granted, this may be partially attributed to the general pain I feel when marking the virgin pages of a fresh notebook. But I

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The Broke Millennial Checklist to Avoid Overspending at Christmas

I’m a peculiar person when it comes to gifts. I never spent an afternoon trying to find where my parents stashed Christmas gifts. In fact, two presents from Peach are sitting in my office, unwrapped, and I haven’t had the

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$15,000: The Price Tag of Attending Other People’s Weddings

“Hey – guess who got engaged today,” Peach asked. My stomach dropped. Our combined dance card felt dangerously full already with seven weddings populating our calendars from May to November. “Who?” I choked out. Peach smirked, clearly messing with me.

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The True Cost of an Impulse Purchase: a Broke Millennial Confession

“The biggest lesson in tolerance I ever learned was accepting that there are some people who genuinely like cats more than dogs.” – Cailin Lowry  Do you remember being a kid and walking through the grocery store thinking, “When I

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Higher Schoolers Can Get Paid for Learning How to Budget

A PSA to All High School Teachers and Parents of High Schoolers Looking to Unearth Money for College Despite the name of this site, I’ve never actually been “broke” a day in my life. A fortunate fact I can directly

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Being a Woman Busted My Budget

Dear enraged feminist readers – don’t worry. This is not a sexist diatribe. “$1,412. No. That can’t be right. I can’t possible have $1,412 in credit card charges from this month,” I began muttering to myself. The portion of my

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Perhaps I Should Move to Germany?

A few weeks ago, I met up with one of my favorite personal finance bloggers, Shannon from Financially Blonde. I consider Shannon a mentor and have often gone to her for career advice. To my delight, she provides plenty of

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Roommates: A (possible) Financial Nightmare

I strolled into a meeting yesterday to hear a co-worker lament, “and she hadn’t been paying it for two months!” “Hadn’t been paying what?” I inquired “Rent! My roommate hasn’t been paying rent for two months and I just found

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How I (Financially) Handle a Long Distance Relationship

In August of 2010, I sauntered into Hickey dining hall with the specific swagger a senior in college carries. In a move of epic uncoolness, I was back at school two weeks before many of peers to be properly trained

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Loosening My Purse Strings

Plenty of home videos circa 1994 (and many other years) reveal a young Erin dancing around the living room. But one particular video shows me in a white dress playing pretend with a doll. No, I wasn’t dreaming about a

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