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Picking unique and memorable souvenirs on your travels

Tweet The first ever souvenir I bought with my own money (allowance) was a little sandcastle from Catalina Island back in 1997 or 1998. It cost $5, a very princely sum for me back then. I still have it at my parents’ home, in remarkably good condition. As I’ve started traveling more, I realized that […]

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End of Summer Update: New Job, New Spending Goal

Tweet Hi guys, remember me? I’m back after 2 weeks of MIA as I wrapped up the summer internship, registered for classes, moved back in to my school apartment, etc. I’m happy to say that my summer internship worked out well and now I have a job for after graduation! Furthermore, this job pays cash […]

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The I Love Cocktails Budget

Tweet There is something exquisite about an expertly-crafted, beautiful-presented cocktail, especially if said cocktail is consumed during at a low-lit bar with someone you are really into or at a bistro while you are laughing with long-time girlfriends. Maybe that’s the reason that despite not being a big drinker, I have taken to ordering a […]

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I have a problem

Tweet This is just a short post to admit… I have a problem. I just purchased 3 pairs of shoes from Ann Taylor, who is having 60% of sale items. This means I scooped up 3 pairs of leather sling-backs for just $40 each. This is mere minutes after I purchased a Boden USA sheath […]

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No More Money Worries

Tweet Many personal finance bloggers are broadly split into two camps: one side focuses on the perks of  ”earning more,” and the other side emphasize the freedom of ”spending less.” I’ve been thinking about how these philosophies apply to my personal finances, and how I can calibrate my goals and efforts to achieve what I want out of […]

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Fitness in your financial budget

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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Cooking From Scratch… Made Easier

Tweet I love to watch cooking shows. More importantly, I’d love to be able to cook like chefs on cooking shows – with ingredients neatly presented in clear glass bowls, sauces and spices pre-measured, veggies pre-washed and pre-chopped, and of course, no thought of cleaning up afterwards. Alas, that’s not how cooking goes for normal […]

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Money Attitudes at Business School

Tweet Before I got to school, I was curious about what my classmates’ attitudes toward personal finance would be. Now that I’ve been here for  few weeks, I’ve noticed that money-related tidbits slip into everyday conversation, and many times I’m pleasantly surprised by how financially-conscious my business school classmates are. It’s easy to paint a picture […]

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The Cost of Setting Up House

Tweet For the past week, I’ve lacked both the time and motivation to blog about personal finance – because I’ve been spending all my time and money shopping. At least, that’s what it feels like. Moving to 3,000 miles away and setting up house required much more money than I had previously thought. Even though my preferences on […]

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Honeymoon Spending Summary

Tweet I crunched the numbers, and thanks to credit card sign-on bonuses and miles, we did a 9-day Argentina honeymoon for under $3,000. Flights (international & domestic): $1,200 All spending in Argentina: $1,560.33 This is broken down into: (a) hotels: $220. We stayed at a small hotel in a not-so-good part of town for 4 […]

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