Category Archives: Shopping

Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters: Comparing Costs

The average cost of college tuition and fees in 2012 ranged from $8,655 a year for in-state students attending a public, four-year college, to $29,056 a year for students attending a private, nonprofit four-year institution. Yet, a September 2012 survey… Continue reading

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The real cost of retail therapy

Have you ever been in your favorite store with a cool new pair of jeans, a new t-shirt, and a slew of other clothes in hand, ready to pay when the cashier says, “If you open a store credit card… Continue reading

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Go green

Admittedly, my thoughts today were inspired by a gorgeous, teenage vampire who once said, “The wasting of finite resources is everyone’s business.” Like Edward Cullen , I’ve come to realize that environmental conservation is not just for unbathed hippies who have… Continue reading


Eating healthy on a budget

It’s about that time of year when the new faces I’ve been seeing at the gym since the start of 2009 begin appearing less frequently. Ah yes, it’s the time when those resolutions made just three short months ago fade… Continue reading

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The value of DIY

As my father told me after my last home emergency, “Houses can sometimes be a money pit.” Cue next home issue. After Christmas, I decided that the wallpaper and bright green paint adorning my bathroom walls were meant to be… Continue reading

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Fun for less than $10

I’ll admit, I’ve got budgeting on the brain. Maybe it’s because it’s relatively early in the New Year, and I have the chance to start fresh with a clean slate. Maybe it’s because my student loans have recently gone into… Continue reading

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The conflicted giver

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. I love to give. A Leo  by birth, I’ve always been a generous soul. So throughout the year I listen for cues from my family and friends… Continue reading

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Have yourself a frugal little Christmas

Money is tight for nearly everyone this year — but if you think creatively, you can give some pretty cool holiday gifts without spending a whole lot. I found a fun website  that can help you organize your gift-giving process,… Continue reading

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A buy-nothing Christmas?

I’ve got to be honest with you: I don’t really give gifts. Sure, I generally find something for my niece and nephews and do help Santa fill my sister’s stocking with some practical items she needs (think socks and Chapstick®). … Continue reading


College fashion funds?

One of the first things I bought as a college freshman was a USD hoodie from the campus bookstore . And I pretty much lived in it for the following four years. OK, not completely true, but be sure that T-shirts,… Continue reading

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