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Planning a Big European Adventure

Tweet Come July, CB and I will embark on a 3-week, 6-country, multi-city whirlwind tour of Europe (also, what in the world made me think I could resist the allure of international travel?). Our full itinerary winds through England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and Poland. I love it when my goals align with what I really love […]

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Getting fired… as a bridesmaid

Tweet Yuuuuups, that just happened to me. My friend sent me a very nice email saying that because I’ve been so busy and am far away, she’d rather I have a great time at the wedding as a guest and not have to worry about bridesmaid obligations. I’m not angry or upset, but I do worry […]

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To Kid or Not to Kid – How did you figure it out?

Tweet And by kid, I don’t mean joke. It’s a question that I am examining more closely now that I am one year shy of 30. That age is not an arbitrary marker, and I haven’t been hit by any case of “baby fever”, but my rational mind is piping up. If I know I […]

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Would you invest in the MyRA?

Tweet For a personal finance perspective, the most interesting part of Obama’s State of the Union speech was his plan to create a new retirement account: the MyRA. This account, designed for people who do not have employer-sponsored retirement accounts, can only be used to invest in government bonds. This means that you can’t lose […]

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Not Eating Out

Tweet I didn’t eat out for the entire week, including the weekend. This may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but this milestone has taken a very concerted effort and a lot of reflection on my part to achieve. I usually go out to dinners or brunches or coffees for one […]

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How to help a friend in an abusive situation

Tweet Hello blog friends, I need some help. I have a friend who is in a relationship with a man who we all thought was nice and charming the first few months that we knew him. It turns out that he has anger issues and has abused my friend physically (she described one instance of […]

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Yucatan Mexico Vacation – by the pesos edition

Tweet We stayed in the Yucatan region of Mexico (basing ourselves out of Merida) for a whole week between Christmas and New Year. Our flights cost a shade under $1,100 for round-trip for two, and we spent ~$1,200 on everything in country. We went on a stick canoe tour through a mangrove forest, climbed Mayan […]

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2014 goals: Stay the course on finances, race ahead in travel

Tweet It’s almost time to say “Happy 2014!” This upcoming year will be one of transition for CB and I – he will have started his full-time grad school, and I will be graduating from my program and starting my full-time job later in the year. I want to keep our 2014 goals simple, achievable, […]

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How to holiday in Turkey for less

Tweet Positioned between Europe and Asia, Turkey is incredibly diverse, with some regions having a European flair, while others taking on more of a Middle Eastern influence. This dichotomy, along with a relatively cheap cost of living, has long made Turkey a haven for tourists. While the cost to visit has begun to rise (Istanbul, […]

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Sharing & renting – collaborative consumption in travel

Tweet In the past couple of years, sharing (or person-to-person renting) has become huge in the travel industry. Everything you need on a vacation – accommodations, tours and entertainment, food, and transportation – can be arranged on a sharing basis (or “collaborative consumption“). One plucky writer decides to assemble a vacation in San Francisco by […]

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Are you willing to pay a premium for living alone?

Tweet Many personal finance advice on saving money mentions the merits of living with a roommate. Sharing an apartment or a house can save big bucks, and may be a necessity in high cost of living areas such as San Francisco or New York City (until you make comfortably into the six-figures or luck into […]

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Happier Saving or Spending?

Tweet When it comes to saving vs. spending, which activity makes you happier? Ally Bank has published a study that shows folks that saved more tended to say they are happier than folks who didn’t save. According to Ally’s survey of 1,000+ Americans, …among those with a savings account, 38 percent report feeling extremely, or […]

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