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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Can I Afford to Read Fashion & Style Blogs?

Tweet Chatting with Revanche of A Gai Shan Life one evening, I blurted out: I don’t think I can afford reading style blogs anymore. Because, you see, I love style blogs – I appreciate the helpful information on how to put together a professional wardrobe, where to find a good tailor, what type of shoes […]

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Fitness Boot Camp Journal: Days 4-5

Tweet Day 4 (11/23) Today was a kickboxing cardio class. Lots of punches, kicks, lateral runs, sprints, and jumping jacks. Then crunches. Remember how I said Day 3 was the hardest workout I’ve ever had? Well, Day 4 is a very close second. Lots of muscles are sore, including many that I have never known […]

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Fitness Boot Camp Journal: Days 1-3

Tweet I’ve gotten a few questions on what the differences between a gym and a fitness boot camp are, and what a fitness boot camp is like. So, I figured it’d be a good idea to keep a Fitness Boot Camp Journal – I can monitor my progress and readers who might be considering a […]

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The Dress

Tweet A few of you have asked me about the $300 Lela Rose dress that I had wondered if I should buy. Given that you all humored me with your thoughts, it’s only appropriate to confess that yes, I paid $300 for a dress that I have never seen in person and could not return. […]

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Lending to Family: The Easiest $20,000 Decision

Tweet A while back I wrote about the question of lending to friends and family, now this is a process I am actually going through – I will be giving my mom a $20,000 short-term loan. From what I’ve read, it seems like most intrafamily loans are fraught with pitfalls, and the decision to lend […]

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Chocolate Will Be As Expensive as Caviar in 20 Years

Tweet Remember my chocolate budget? Well, I better start saving much more money because in 20 years, chocolate is going to skyrocket in cost. According to a chilling article by Gizmodo, the world is running out of chocolate! At the rate we’re going, chocolate is going to be a rare—and extremely pricey—commodity within the next […]

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What Defines a Minimalist?

Tweet I was featured as a “Real Life Minimalist” on Francine’s blog, Miss Minimalist. The post got me thinking – what defines a minimalist? When I looked on Webster’s Dictionary, here’s what it said about “minimalist” a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity According […]

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Generation Earn Q&A and Book Winners

Tweet Kimberly Palmer answers your questions on her new personal finance book for today’s twentysomethings, Generation Earn. Plus, the winners of the book giveaway are announced at the end of this post. 1. Is your book mainly descriptive or prescriptive? Did you do interviews with people of this generation and does this book detail their […]

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$300 Dress: Save or Splurge?

Tweet This black silk portrait collar dess by Lela Rose is $299 on Rue La La. Pros: It’s gorgeous. I love the drama of the collar, the silk faille fabric, and the seaming and darting. My sizes are actually still available. I just got a bonus from work that will cover the cost of this […]

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The $10,000 Dating Budget

Tweet Love don’t cost a thing, but dating is another story. Do you spend less money when you are in a relationship? Do you spend more money on grooming, apparel, and eating out when you are single / casually dating? These are the questions that come to mind after I read The Economics of Serial […]

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Electricity Usage – what’s normal?

Tweet I pay my electric bill once every two months, and for the past two months the bills have been around $100, or $50 per month. Does that sound right? I have never been in charge of paying for electricity (in the past my roommate would take care of it and I’d write a check […]

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Spending on Hobbies: It’s good for your health

Tweet My new post on HomeSpace (a site within the LendingTree family) is up! Hobbies help you connect with friends, decrease stress, and are generally fun. So spend merrily (within reason) – you are doing something good for yourself. Even if you can’t find a way to get your favorite past times to pay for […]

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