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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gold Makes a Marriage?

Tweet Last week, CB’s mom very nicely put together a little relaxing kit for me and included a copy of Martha Stewart Weddings. Inside I saw a full-page ad sponsored by the World Gold Council that says: Gold Makes a Marriage. Honor your love with the metal that’s meant marriage since marriage began. Immediately I […]

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A Spender Trapped In a Saver’s Body

Tweet A Spender vs. Saver Whenever articles come out that ask: Are you a natural-born Saver or Spender? I always think about which category I’d fall into. On the surface, I’d probably be classified as a natural saver – I save for retirement, long-term goals, big trips, etc., and I don’t live beyond my means. […]

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Emma Stine $25 Gift Card Giveaway

Tweet Raise your hand if you like beautifully designed jewelry at affordable prices.                   Raise your hand if you like a $25 gift card to make the jewelry EVEN MORE affordable. That’s where Emma Stine comes in. Ever since I found this jewelry company through fashion blogger […]

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Graduates: Save for Retirement

Tweet Is there any topic as scintillating as that of retirement? Especially to newly minted college graduates? I think not! Retirement seems far off, but without a plan it comes much faster and harder than one expects. It’s not too difficult to just get started… check out my new post at the LendingTree blog: 5 […]

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Paris in the Winter

Tweet Guess who’s going to see Paris, France next year? I am not much for impulsive decisions, but I just impulsively made a decision last night. Now, I shall work diligently to put that impulsive decision into action. It all started with CB and I talking about our honeymoon. We are looking at a wedding […]

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The Tiny Wedding & Wedding Budget

Tweet I am going to have a tiny wedding. Is all this talk of wedding planning driving you a little crazy? I understand, it’s irritating to me too. Somehow the excitement of the engagement has been overshadowed by Must. Get. Things. Done. when it comes to vendors and dates and guest lists and budgets. When […]

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Setting a Wedding Budget Under $10,000

Tweet Here’s my budget for an under $10,000 wedding, version 1.0. I so want to be one of those talented and deal-seeking brides who managed a lovely soirree on $5,000, but that’s just not happening. I’ve taken a stab at putting everything together, and I know some of these expenses might be estimated low – […]

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Weddings Cost Money. Period.

Tweet Weddings cost money. Anyone knows that, but it was woefully easy to underestimate the cost of how much weddings actually cost before I started looking into the specifics. That’s why, before I got engaged, I thought setting up a wedding budget would be fun. …. oh how I laugh at myself. This has been […]

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Giving Friend Money For Car Accident

Tweet This weekend I spent some wonderful time with a very good girl friend whom I haven’t seen since 2009. We had a blast eating, sight-seeing, eating, and eating some more. Through a series of unfortunate events, however, my friend’s car got damaged and she had to spend over $300 for a tow and two […]

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Ring Insurance

Tweet How’d you guys go about it? Any tips or recommendations? I am getting my ring resized and will be able to wear it soon.. but I won’t be able to stop worrying until it’s safely insured.

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Debt Advice: IVA

Tweet This post is sponsored. If you are struggling with debt, you will undoubtedly know how stressful dealing with creditors and trying to work out a payment plan can be. In fact, if you have unsustainable amounts of debt, you may think that bankruptcy is the only solution. But before you look into bankruptcy, you […]

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Wedding Planning: My Lack of “Vision”

Tweet One thing I really don’t like is vendors who ask me “what’s your vision?” At that point, I draw a blank. Well, my first impulse is to say, what’s the cheapest pricing you got and what will that cover? But I have a sneaking suspicion that won’t go over well. (I promise this blog […]

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Mom: My First & Best Personal Finance Teacher

Tweet Don’t forget, this Sunday is Mother’s Day! My mom is many things to me, including my first and best personal finance teacher. Mom taught me many things, but here are 5 most important money lessons (via LendingTree Blog), and I know I am a better and more capable person because of it. One evening, as […]

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Lazy Shopper

Tweet Lazy is not a word I want to use to describe myself, but I’ve realized: I am a lazy shopper. I look for good deals, but I don’t look that hard. And it’s not that I have money to blow, I just find the entire price-comparison process a little tedious. Given the recent raise […]

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Winners of the American Express Gift Card Giveaway

Tweet Thank you to everyone for entering the Administrative Appreciation Week Gift Card Giveaway! Of course, a very big thank you to American Express for sponsoring the giveaway. Sorry for the late notification – I’ve been on the road for the past week and things have been a little hectic. Without further ado, here are […]

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What’s My Wedding Budget? I Have No Idea

Tweet The first rule of wedding planning, I’ve read, is to set a wedding budget. Sounds great, right? You pick a number that’s realistic and prudent, and you prioritize your desires such dress, food, and venue accordingly. I am turning into a very bad PF blogger bride-to-be, however – I have no idea what our […]

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