Category: Budgeting

Yes, You Do Need an Emergency Fund (talking to you, indebted millennials)

The first time my parent’s threw me a surprise party, I almost called their bluff because of a pack of Bubble Tape. It was 1998 and the eve of my ninth birthday. In an effort to get me out of

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How Do You Combat a Cold for Cheap?

Yesterday, while sitting at my office desk, I suddenly had a premonition: a cold was coming. A dull ache had started creeping into my neck and my nose was tickling. I started eying people around my office, looking for signs

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What’s Your Price Tag On Health?

In the past three days I’ve morphed from infant to crotchety old woman all at the hands of the latest fitness trend, CrossFit. After hearing rave reviews and seeing other people get great results, I thought I’d try it out.

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Breaking Down 401(k) and IRAs, Millennial Style

Part II in my on-going series about retirement accounts. Read Part I here and Part III here. More than half of the American millennial population are in debt. Please, hold your gasps of disbelief. A week doesn’t pass without a

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Frugal Find Friday: Free (& Cheap) Tours

This week Peach and I traveled to Vermont to celebrate my passage into “mid-twenties.”  Traveling is one of my few “splurge” areas, but I’m always seeking ways to keep some dollars in my wallet. With Peach’s love of a good

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Frugal Find Friday: Extreme Couponing, The Online Edition

Last week, a co-worker mentioned, “if you ever pay full-price at GAP, you’re doing something wrong.” Guilty of buying several pairs of full-price jeans from GAP, I inquired about her philosophy. She informed me there are always sales running or,

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Broke Millennial’s Guide to New York City for Cheap (ish)

Updated 1/6/17 May contain affiliate links New York City is expensive. If you live in Tokyo, Osaka, Oslo, Sydney, Melbourne, Paris, Caracas, Geneva, Zurich or Singapore, then fine, you can do New York City for cheap compared to living  your

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Braving the Financial Minefield of Dating

One of my first “real” dates occurred in April of 2004. I was 15-years-old and a high-school sophomore and he was an adorable 17-year-old junior. We saw “The Aviator” (the Leo DiCaprio flick about Howard Hughes). Halfway through the movie

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My Dirty, Little, Money-Saving Secret(s)

A few months ago I decided to treat myself to a shopping trip. Well, treat is the wrong word. I don’t really like shopping, but I had recently evaluated my wardrobe and found it quite lacking in professional clothing. A

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The One Where Someone Else’s Dad Teaches Me About Money*

This post was included in the Carnival of Personal Finance #404. Check out all the other great articles included here! Per special request a series of posts will deal with practical budgeting. I’m not claiming my way is the right

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