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Monthly Archives: December 2009

2010 Goal-Setting With Uncertainty

Tweet For 2010, many things are up in the air right now. Despite the uncertainty, I think it’s still important to make realistic but flexible goals. In addition to financial goals, I’ll have several personal goals as well. Save $5,000 for retirement, either in Roth IRA or solo 401K. (If I get a job in […]

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Walt Disney World Dining Plan Review: Worth The Money?

Tweet This post was Consumeristed! Woo. I’m back from the Most Magical Place on Earth! It was a wonderful trip, and the food was surprisingly good – I’ve always associated theme parks with run-of-the-mill, overpriced fast food, but I’ve had a couple of really amazing dining experiences (albeit still with the Disney premium) at Disney […]

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Travel List: What To Do Before You Leave For Vacation

Tweet This time Friday, I’ll be at Disney World hanging out with my two favorite guys – boyfriend and the Mouse! A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! Here is a Travel List of “to do’s” I’ve found helpful in the few days leading up to a vacation: Travel logistics Confirm hotel reservations […]

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Quick Note About New Header (v 1.0)

Tweet Edit: I’ve made some changes to the header based on your feedback. Thanks everyone! For reference, Header v 1.0 and v 2.0 (the current header) are shown below: (If you are reading this through RSS feed, please come by WellHeeledBlog.com and take a look!) Though I didn’t have my previous header for very long, […]

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Old Cars: Unsung Heroes of Personal Finance

Tweet New Cars are shiny, gleaming, loaded with the latest technology and features. New cars get the big commercials on TV, where they swerve confidently in snow storms, zoom down idyllic country lanes, and maybe even dance a little to the sound of a state-of-the-art in-car sound system near a trendy night club. Old Cars […]

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Disputed / Fradulent Credit Card Charges

Tweet This past week has been a week of credit card mishaps. I found that I have a disputed charge on my Visa and a series of fraudulent charges on my American Express. When I checked my Visa credit card statement, I saw that I had a disputed charge from a restaurant. At dinner, I […]

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Am I Frugal? Why Frugality Is Not My Goal

Tweet I’ve never been comfortable with the word “frugal”, I admit. I always think I spend too much to be truly frugal (and I admit, I don’t really like the sound of the word – strange? perhaps). For some reason, I’d much prefer phrases such as “intentional living”, “financially responsible”, or “prudent spending”. So although […]

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Super Simple Net Worth Calculation

Tweet There are so many ways to keep track of net worth, and there’s no one “right” way to do it. I find that a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation works for me. One of my first data points I have is from January 2007, when I had a  -$4,300 net worth. As of December 2009, my net worth […]

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Giving Gifts Makes Me Happy

Tweet And that includes giving to others and myself! Today I went to shop for a Secret Santa exchange – Marshalls generously sponsored the project, giving me $25 to shop for another blogger and $25 to shop for myself. (I love Marshalls and TJ Maxx. I would sing their praises all day even without gift cards. Wait.. […]

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Pure Altruism – Does it Exist?

Tweet Every time the holidays come around, feel-good human-interest stories surface. This is a time to give to others, help those in need, and realize that the world is not as cutthroat or as competitive as we may believe. But is it true? Can people be purely altruistic? The authors of Superfreakonomics (the followup to […]

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Bubble Calendar Is Best Calendar Ever

Tweet Bubble calendar is awesome. Now, do you have a compulsive bubble popper in your life? Speaking as one (once I have my hands on a sheet of bubble wrap, I cannot stop popping the bubbles until every. single. one. has been popped – they are just that irresistible), this bubble calendar from Urban Outfitters […]

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Carnival of Personal Finance #235: The Cinderella Edition

Tweet Welcome to the Carnival of Personal Finance, and thank you everyone for contributing and reading! The spirit of Disney has permeated my life. So it is fitting that the 235th Carnival of Personal Finance (my first time hosting!) shall feature one of Disney’s most beloved characters, Cinderella. Editor’s Picks will be bolded and highlighted in […]

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Family of 5 Lives On Under $1,000 A Month

Tweet Earlier in the year I found the blog of an amazing lady who feeds herself and her 4 daughters on $800 a year. Well, the frugality-one-upsmanship just never ends! Recently I stumbled onto Emily’s blog: Under $1,000 A Month. Emily is a 25-year-old woman with a husband and 3 young children. This family of 5 lives […]

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Confession: I Want New Boots

Tweet But I know I shouldn’t. Because (1) I don’t have a source of income, (2) I am spending $1,500 buckaroos on Disney World (will be completely worth it!), (3) I’ve spent several hundred dollars traveling for campus visits, friend visits, and interviews. This means that although I look at luxury sample sale sites and […]

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With Dim Sum, You Always Win Some!

Tweet If you’ve never tried dim sum before, boy are you missing out! Dim sum is a brunch originating from Southern parts of China. In many metropolitan areas (especially coastal regions such as New York City, the Bay Area, and Southern California), dim sum is widely accessible. Many Chinese restaurants serve it in the morning until […]

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