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My Fall Savings Secrets

With the weather turning cooler, at least in the Midwest, it’s finally feeling like fall is upon us. I know I know, it’s cliché, but I do love me some fall! It’s the time of year when I get to break out my cardigans, riding boots, and hot chocolate. Plus it’s no longer too hot to do some real cooking. In fact, fall is one the times of the year where I eat the healthiest and the cheapest. What’s my secret to eating cheap and […]

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3 Perks and 2 Challenges of Working From Home

About six weeks ago I got a job offer for a show that will start rehearsals in October and play through the end of the year. Knowing I wouldn’t be able to squeeze in any other theatre work before the October start date, I decided to step up my freelance side hustle and work full-time from home from August through October. Well…. I have never been more stressed out in my life! Seriously, the extra time invested in my freelance work has resulted in a […]

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How to Say No to Friends Who Sell

Most people have a friend who is constantly selling something, whether it’s Lia Sophia Jewelry, Tupperware, Scentsy, or Mary Kay. Or even that dreaded Thirty-One brand of luggage, which is a product I have grown to despise. You know the type- they sign up as a consultant for <insert company here> then talk endlessly about it until you finally reach your breaking point. Because, as their friend, they expect you to:

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Win A Free Copy of “You Need A Budget” Software (Worth $60.00)

Your budget is on your mind everyday… wait, you have a budget right? You might be using the envelope method, the zero-sum budget or maybe even the “hope and pray” budget. I see too many people ending up with more month than money meaning that today’s money is paying yesterday’s electrical bill. The freedom you feel when you finally break the paycheck to paycheck cycle and starting using this month’s money for next month’s expenses is hard to describe other than saying: it’s awesome and […]

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Where to Find Affordable Fitness Options

One of the unlikely perks to living in one of the most expensive cities in the world is the abundance of freebies. Being a bit of a fitness buff, I’m grateful for the practically limitless affordable resources for staying in shape, all within a five mile radius of my apartment. The yoga studio down the street is donation based, the exercise equipment in the nearby park is free, every running and athletic apparel store within a few blocks has an extensive list of free classes, […]

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Using The IHG Reward Club MasterCard for Family Travel

When it comes to hotel loyalty programs, there are plenty of players in the game. However, few programs offer truly family-friendly hotel stays that can be booked with points, which can be a huge downer for those who choose to travel with their kids in tow. Fortunately, the IHG Rewards program offers a wide range of properties that do cater to families. And better yet, they can be booked entirely or even partially with points. In case you didn’t know, there are seven different brands […]

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5 Surefire Ways How To Handle a Moocher

You know those people who constantly use or “borrow” your stuff and never seem to remember to, or care to, replace the borrowed items? When I was in school it was usually pens or hair things, now it’s mostly food and wine. While the items themselves may have changed, the mooching hasn’t. I’m certainly not averse to sharing; I don’t even care to keep specific tabs. But when there’s a relationship that results in the consistent draining of my resources with no sign of attempted […]

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Knowing Your Spending Triggers

[Today’s post is by staff writer Melanie.] In my lifelong quest at improving my finances, I am always trying to look at my moments of failure. In what cases do I fail? Why do I fail? What could I be doing so that I set myself up for success and not failure? A lot of that has to do with how we manage our money and how we spend it. In most ways, I’m on the path to recovery. I’ve got the targeted savings accounts […]

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