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Monthly Archives: September 2011

We Saved $2,000 On Our Honeymoon Airfare

Tweet Credit cards and I have always had an amicable relationship bound by mutual expectations: I pay on time, they give me rewards. Recently, though I’ve realized that I really have not been taking advantage of all the great things that can happen with credit cards. In this case, a good thing is my honeymoon […]

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Change of Plans for Honeymoon

Tweet We finally, absolutely, unequivocally decided on our honeymoon destination. Originally, we planned on Turkey. I had visions of flying in hot air balloons over the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, but ultimately we decided it would cost a little bit more than we are comfortable with at this point. I definitely plan to go in […]

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How Much To Spend on Wedding Gifts?

Tweet They say that your 20s and 30s are the “wedding season” because of all your friends getting married! With weddings come not only celebration and merriment, but also the question of how much to spend on wedding gifts?  In a few weeks CB and I will be attending a wedding of his coworker and […]

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Wedding Flowers: I Dream of Peony

Tweet When I first got engaged, I was completely cool and collected and budget-savvy about wedding flowers. After all, why pay a load of cash for something that will look pretty for a few hours before drying and browning as flowers are wont to do? Perhaps I was a touch over-confident. While scrolling through some […]

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Honeymoon Registries – Brilliant or Tacky?

Tweet In the past few years, honeymoon registries have become more and more popular. The wedding registry has been historically a way for guests to send off the newly-married couple with items to set up their household. But with more couples living together before marriage, some would rather their guests send them to China than […]

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X-Ray Your Investment Portfolio

Tweet What does a retirement investment portfolio and mystery meat have in common? I’m not sure what animal products mystery meat is made of (and not sure I want to know…), and I wasn’t clear on what investments make up my retirement portfolio. When I first started investing in 2006, I had one retirement vehicle – […]

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Wedding Shoes

Tweet The wedding expenses keep growing… slowly but steadily! With my purchase of a pair of pink satin shoes, I can now check one more item off my list. And the best part is, these shoes were marked down to just $20 plus tax because they were on clearance.I had originally planned to spend $50-$100 on […]

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Travel Planning – the costs add up!

Tweet Do you ever think that you are doing a great job keeping costs down on an upcoming trip, but once you’ve added up everything, you think – wow that’s a lot of money! CB and I are planning a trip to Boston area for me to interview at a business school and then to spend […]

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Buying Used Car vs. Long-Term Rental

Tweet This is a paid post. One of my friends has recently gotten an internship in a distant city. She needs a car to get around – public transportation is woefully lacking for daily travel – and she doesn’t have a car to bring to this new city. So, her choices are to check out used […]

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Rebecca Minkoff Beau Clutch: Yay or Nay?

Tweet Remember these previous Yay or Nays when you guys talked me out of unnecessary / unflattering items? Well, this time I am in need of your advice again. I see this Rebecca Minkoff Beau Clutch for $150 at a local Nordstrom Rack. In real life, the bag is a little bit more orange-toned than […]

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Fit Your Credit Card to Your Lifestyle

Tweet Credit cards can be an incredible tool in managing one’s finances (if used responsibly). Ever since I’ve gotten my first credit card my senior year of college, I’ve appreciated these little slips of plastic. I get great rewards, fraud protection, and additional insurance / warranties on purchases and car rentals. When I am in […]

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How Far Would You Go to Cut Your Housing Costs?

Tweet In real estate, we are often deciding between Price, Location, and Space. You can have a big, well-priced apartment or home in a less-than desirable location. Or, you can get a cheaper, tiny place in a great part of town. Of course, if your budget is stretchy enough, you can get the biggest place […]

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How Engagement Changed Our Finances

Tweet Engagement is that strange, twilight period where you are still single in the eyes of the law, but that you have made promises to each other to become something more – a legally sanctioned partnership with all the rights and obligations accorded to you by the state. I am not sure how much impact […]

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My Guest Post on Krystal’s Give Me Back My Five Bucks

Tweet If you just came over via my guest post: “Don’t Let Other People Tell You How to Spend” on Give Me Back My Five Bucks, welcome! Krystal was one of the first bloggers I’ve started reading, so I am extra excited that I got the chance to guest post on her blog. One of the […]

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How Much Is That MBA In the Window?

Tweet How much is that MBA in the window? That two-year three-lettered degree? How much is that MBA in the window? The loans will be the death of me! The MBA application season has started (cue resume updates, essay writing, interview prep, cross-country campus visits, and lots and lots of $$$). Even though the application […]

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