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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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Tweet My fall semester tuition ($20,000) isn’t due until classes start in August. But I have this urge to just send over my money to the school RIGHT NOW. Just so I wouldn’t have all this money sitting in my savings account and make me feel richer than I actually am. I want to adjust […]

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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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Tweet I guess with today’s confession, if you meet me at the Financial Blogger Conference, you’ll know the band of sparkle on my finger is not the real deal. How sentimental are you about your wedding bands? Is it OK to get cheap rings now and upgrade them later? You’ll see from our $7,000 wedding budget that […]

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Tweet When it comes to goals, there are two types of people out there: Abstainers and Moderators Many personal finance bloggers try out “no-spend” or “no-shop” challenges where they abstain from certain purchases for a set period of time. I’ve never had much success with these types of challenges (in fact, I rarely go 2 months without […]

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Tweet What’s the best way to spend $100 on your wedding? Getting the piece of paper that will make it legal. This weekend, we spent $100.50 to become proud owners of the license to wed (said in my best James Bond impression). After we went to the clerk, CB confessed his fear. Apparently, he had […]

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Tweet I think I’ve come to a decision on business school. In the end, it came down to two schools, one that will cost me ~$27,000/year in tuition and the other will cost me ~$40,000/year in tuition. Over two years, that would be a difference of $26,000. This isn’t an easy decision. I hashed it […]

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Tweet I am a big magazine subscription fan. Right now, I have subscriptions to Real Simple, Scientific American, Marie Claire, and I pick up copies of InStyle and Martha Stewart once in a while. What I’ve noticed is that many of the clothing, accessories, and shoes featured in fashion magazines have gone from merely expensive to completely ridiculous […]

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Tweet Looking for the perfect men’s suit Less than three months before the wedding, CB has found a suit. The groom’s wedding attire is usually much easier to get than the bride’s, but in our case the opposite was true. My dress search was relatively painless: I purchased my dress at retail price and had […]

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