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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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Tweet CB and I are now the proud owners of a brand-new 2013 Honda Civic LX Sedan in Taffeta White. She is so pretty that she positively gleams. Our BABY! I first started thinking about a new car last summer, but a big reason for the delay is my dread of going to car dealerships! […]

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Tweet One of the best piece of advice for would-be car buyers is: do not buy more car than you need. Auto costs are a big part of many Americans’ budget, and if you purchase a car you can’t afford, you can drive yourself into the poorhouse (har har har, pun intended!) I thought I […]

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Tweet Trying out fitness for free (or cheaper) A few years ago I was spending quite a bit on fitness (those Zumba and Bar Method classes add up quickly!). Now that I am a graduate student without a car, those expenses not only seem extravagant, it is also impractical to drive the 20 minutes to find […]

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Tweet Before I came back to school, I thought living like a student would be, well, not a piece of cake, but it wouldn’t be too hard. After all, I always been a saver (albeit with a shopper trapped inside!). It’s been two-and-a-half month since my last paycheck, and I have to be honest: it’s […]

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Tweet You guys warned me, but I didn’t listen… long distance relationships are expensive! And most of those expenses fall into the form of cross-country airfare. When CB and I first decided to do this let’s-start-our-marriage-on-opposite-coasts deal, I thought we’d be fine seeing each other every couple of months. Now that we’ve been apart for […]

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Tweet A few days ago, I was talking with a friend about different skin products and how expensive the process of maintaining a smooth and healthy complexion can be, and she asked me how much I spend on skin per year. I blurted out “oh… probably around… a $1,000.” I hesitated for a long time before putting […]

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Tweet Many readers suggested that I can save money by “living like a student” when I am in school and after I graduate from my MBA program. This might be harder for MBA students than other professional students who have gone straight from college to graduate school, and who haven’t had the chance to “inflate” […]

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Tweet I didn’t write this post for several weeks because I was embarassed of how I behaved. But the fact is, CB and I had our biggest money fight ever. Over… lunch. A $4 lunch. (Or rather, many $4 lunches). Here’s the scenario CB buys lunch practically every work day. He usualy spend $4-$5 on these […]

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Tweet Most of personal finance is about how to earn, save, and invest money. Yet, spending money with intention is just as important. Bottom line, I don’t think there should be guilt associated with responsible spending. That is why I have made a goal of spending $2,000 in 2012 on something that is important to […]

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Tweet Our wedding budgeting is about to get a whole lot easier. My parents have decided to give me $10,000 cash as a gift for my wedding. A 2009 New York Times Bucks column asked readers what they would do with cash from parents – use it as a wedding contribution or save it for […]

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