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Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Beast That Is Student Loan Debt

Tweet There’s a big $1-trillion dollar elephant (or, beast, depending on your perspective) in the room. Sometime in the past months, student loans became the biggest non-mortgage consumer debt out there – bigger than credit card debt or auto debt. New York Times recently published an article headlined “A Generation Hobbled by the Soaring Cost of College.” An […]

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Blog Sale, Blog Sale

Tweet Planning a cross-country move has made me realize that 1. I cannot bring all of my wardobe with me, and 2. I don’t wear half the clothes in the my closet. Following in the footsteps of other personal finance bloggers, I’m having a little blog sale. So please let me know if you see […]

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First Time as AirBnB Guest: a Review

Tweet We spent three nights at an AirBnB house for our visit to Boston. It was our first stay via AirBnB, and so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect… What is AirBnB AirBnB is a leading member among the rise of “alternative accomodations” – alternative to traditional hotels and bed & breakfasts. Other members […]

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A Long Weekend in Boston: What I Spent

Tweet I dropped off the face of the internets for the past week because… I have been enjoying a little pre-wedding vacation in Boston! If every season could be like May or September in Boston, I would move there in a heartbeat, insane rents be dammed. For now, though, CB and I are enjoying time […]

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Buying a Property, US Vs UK

Tweet Submitted by a guest contributor The U.S. and the UK property buying process have many similarities. Both involve land surveyors, red tape and legal professionals. How well your sale works out and how smoothly it goes depends, in part, on your knowledge of the differences in real estate buying in both countries. Title Title […]

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Yakezie Carnival: My Momma Told Me Edition

Tweet On a sunny morning in middle of May (Steve Zussino @ Grocery Alerts) A mother goose (Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions) gathers her gooselings around “Listen carefully to what I have to say, Even better, here, write the keywords down” (Jon Rhodes @ Affiliate Tips) “Education is important, but you can cut college costs (Dr. […]

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Fess Up Friday: Spending Under Kate Middleton’s Influence

Tweet There’s a $200 dress that I want, and I blame it all on Kate Middleton! There are magazines and blogs devoted to Kate Middleton’s outfits, and I count myself among fans of her style. It’s so refreshing to see someone famous wearing stylish, work-appropriate clothes. I admire great evening wear, but I rarely tune […]

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Etsy vs. eBay: You May Be Paying More for the Same Thing

Tweet I have officially decided to forgo the $260 hair piece that MOST of you advised me against buying. ;) Instead, I looked for something a little bit more understated, a little bit more budget friendly, but still has that vintage flare I love. Etsy presents a myriad of chioces of headbands, fascinators, combs and brooches, and I fell in […]

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5 Tips for Sane & Stress-Free Wedding Planning

Tweet Every time I log onto my wedding website, a little countdown stares back at me: my wedding is in a month! Most of the big items are booked, signed, and paid for (at least in part). Our invitations have gone out and our registry is set up. For the first time, I am really start to ENJOY […]

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What to do with a Windfall or Bonus

Tweet Thanks to a quarterly bonus, my bank account will be getting some extra love in the next paycheck. After 401K deduction and withholding for taxes, I should be seeing a $3,000 windfall. I am really happy about this boost, as I look into the future months and see only cash out without the corresponding cash […]

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Save Money on Self-Storage

Tweet Sponsored post These days, it pays to live a frugal lifestyle. Now, more and more families are riding out the economic climate by living in their budget and staying in their current homes, even if that means crowding into homes they’ve outgrown. If you’ve come to the point where you’re starting to fight with […]

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