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Financial Independence Around the Holiday Table

After the big holiday dinner has been served and Aunt Beatrice is on her fifth glass of wine and your cousin Will is well into

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Here’s What Living Cheaply in Another Country Looks Like

American retirees looking for a low cost of living and a comfortable climate are increasingly packing up for cheap, warm countries abroad. Around 615,000 Americans reportedly received

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Top 10 States for College Affordability

Year after year, we hear how the cost of college is ballooning out of control. But, is it true? After mulling this question over, I

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Check Out These 10 Stunning, Affordable Wedding Dresses

Like anything with the word “wedding” attached, it can be tough to find a cheap wedding dress. The average wedding gown in the U.S. cost about $1,357

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Kids’ Activities: The End of Frugality?

If you ask my kids what they want above all else, you’ll hear all about their newest obsession: Shopkins. The tiny, plastic figurines have practically taken

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Why Your Teen Should Open a Checking Account

My parents had me open my first checking account when I was around 13 or 14. I didn’t realize how valuable this simple step of

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I Left the Coast for a Simpler Life in the Midwest – and You Can, Too

After graduating from college in 2009, I played professional basketball in Israel for three years. When I finished, I moved back to my hometown of

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Eight Romantic, Affordable Honeymoon Destinations

The average couple in the United States spends $3,400 on their honeymoon, according to Conde Nast Bridal InfoBank. This post-wedding getaway is supposed to be a


Risk, Return, and Relationships

Have you ever been in a meaningful relationship with another person? It could be a friend. Or a parent. Or a sibling. Or a significant

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Do We Have Our Possessions Backwards? Some Thoughts on the Stuff We Own

A few weeks ago, Sarah and I took a serious look at a piece of land for sale in the country not too terribly far

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Check Out These Beautiful, Affordable Wedding Venues

So, you got engaged — congratulations! Now comes the part that some consider fun… and most others consider stressful: planning the actual wedding. One of

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The Secret to Getting a College Kid to Start Investing

I am 28, and my sister is 19. That kind of age gap presents positives and negatives. One clear positive for me is that I

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Five Better Ways to Spend Your Halloween Dollars

Americans love Halloween. We’re probably going to spend about $7 billion on candy, costumes, and parties this year. That breaks down to the average American spending $75

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Four Reasons to Add Your Teen as an Authorized Credit Card User

While naming your teen as an authorized user on your credit card may sound scary, there are some distinct advantages to this arrangement. But first

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10 Cheap DIY Halloween Costume Ideas (and What They Cost)

From candy to costumes, Americans spend an insane amount of money on Halloween each year: a whopping $6.9 billion in 2015, according to National Retail

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Finding Affordable Wedding Rings

Ah, the wedding ring. It’s the one piece of jewelry that’s supposed to encompass all the feelings you have for the person you love most

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Eight Worst Halloween Treats (and Three Favorites)

With Halloween fast approaching, you might be pondering what type of candy or other goodies to stock up on and hand out this year. While

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Should You Share Your Credit Score on the First Date?

While most first dates center on polite discussion over coffee, drinks, or dinner, serious romantic prospects might consider asking for their date’s credit score right off the

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