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Katharine Paljug

How We Cut Wedding Expenses – and Saved Thousands

by Katharine Paljug May 21, 2015

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The price tag for weddings is rising. In fact, according to The Knot’s 2014 Real Weddings Study, the average wedding cost in the US is up to $29,858! But what exactly is all that money paying for? And how much is necessary for a beautiful wedding and a good party? When my husband and I […]

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How To Prepare for Unemployment After Graduation

by Katharine Paljug May 20, 2015

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When I graduated from college, two semesters of job hunting had gotten me nowhere: I was unemployed and had very little in the way of savings. It was terrifying, but I made it through, found a job within three months, and saved about $10,000 over the course of the next year. Right now, things are […]

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Five Ways Introverted Women Can Network

by Katharine Paljug May 12, 2015

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If you’re one of the estimated 50% of women who are introverts, networking can be an incredibly difficult part of building your career. Whether you’re looking for a new job or trying to grow in your chosen profession, joining your team for drinks after work or attending a chamber of commerce meeting, interacting with large […]

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How To Set a Budget for Summer Vacation With Friends

by Katharine Paljug May 7, 2015

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Odds are, you’re not doing it by yourself. We’re talking about travel, that is. Even though solo travel is becoming more popular — especially among women — less than 20% of all travel is done alone. Women are far more likely to plan a getaway with friends than to travel by themselves. For the budget-conscious, […]

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How to Negotiate on Wedding Costs

by Katharine Paljug May 1, 2015

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If you’re in the middle of wedding planning, you’re probably looking for a way to save on costs. And who can blame you? The average wedding in the United States, according to CNN Money, has climbed up to $29,858. That’s an exorbitant number — and for many couples, impossible to manage. To stay under budget, […]

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12 Ways to Save Big on Your Vacation

by Katharine Paljug April 28, 2015

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If you’re planning a vacation for this first time in years, you’re not the only one. As the economic recovery continues, more and more and more people are making travel plans. In 2014, there was a 12% increase in international travel and a 3% increase in domestic travel, and those numbers are expected to go […]

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How to Create a Wedding Budget

by Katharine Paljug April 21, 2015

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It can be difficult to plan a wedding when you and your partner have different ideas about how much money to spend and where to spend it. No matter how big or small your event, trying to plan for every expense and stay on budget can be incredibly stressful. Should you spend more on location […]

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Marriage & Money: How to Split Bank Accounts

by Katharine Paljug February 19, 2015

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Where do you and your spouse put your money? It seems like a straightforward question, but for many new couples it’s a minefield. Should you combine everything into joint checking and savings accounts? Have individual accounts and put a portion of your income into common accounts? If you keep some of your money separate, does […]

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Five Ways to Upgrade Your Honeymoon for Free

by Katharine Paljug February 16, 2015

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When I was in the middle of wedding planning, the only thing that kept me going (aside for wanting to marry the love of my love of my life) was looking forward to our honeymoon. Sure, I was spending my evenings staring at a seating chart, wondering where to put the ten relatives that were […]

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How to Prepare Financially: Going Back to School

by Katharine Paljug February 10, 2015

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Have you or your partner decided to go back to school? Congratulations! Whether the goal is an undergrad or an advanced degree, going back to school can be a great way to advance at your current job or switch to a new career. But in order to get that degree, you may have to reevaluate […]

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How to Be a Good Bridesmaid Without Going Broke

by Katharine Paljug February 5, 2015

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The holiday season has come and gone (and Valentine’s Day is almost upon us), which means that someone you know may be newly engaged. If that someone is a close friend, you might just find yourself asked to be in the bridal party. Being a bridesmaid is an honor, of course, and a great opportunity […]

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Five Questions to Ask Before You Combine Finances

by Katharine Paljug January 30, 2015

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Are you and your partner planning to combine your finances? Whether you’re married, moving in together, or making a long-term commitment, combining your finances is both exciting and scary. Are you ready to take that step? And once you do, how will you make everything work? The best way to figure out if you’re ready […]

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Investing for Beginners: 4 Tips for Understanding How it Works

by Katharine Paljug January 1, 2015

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You’ve decided you’re ready to start investing, but you keep second guessing how much you know about the market. Don’t second-guess yourself so much you miss out on planning for the future. Knowing about the investing and the stock market can be key to financial security. Do you want to hand your retirement savings over […]

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How I Started Enjoying the Holidays — Without a Credit Card

by Katharine Paljug December 16, 2014

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The holiday season is a time to focus on all sorts of wonderful things, like family, faith, generosity, and giving. Unfortunately, it’s also often a time to focus on buying things. Our consumer culture regularly forgets about peace and love in favor of flash sales and blowing your savings on presents. This year, instead of […]

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Five Healthy Financial Habits for the Self-Employed

by Katharine Paljug November 20, 2014

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When I started my freelance writing business, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I had to learn as I went: how to find clients, how market my work… even how to keep myself on a schedule while working from home was a challenge! One thing I had going for me, though, was good […]

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Pros and Cons of Accepting Help with Wedding Expenses

by Katharine Paljug June 19, 2013

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No matter what sort of budget you have in mind for your wedding, the prospect of getting some help with the ever-mounting wedding expenses seems like a godsend. It makes sense, then, that many couples are grateful when parents or other relatives offer to help out with the expenses. But if you’re not careful, letting […]

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Love and Money: Breaking a Lease after a Break-up

by Katharine Paljug June 5, 2013

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You moved in, you signed a lease, you split the rent… and then you split up. A breakup is hard under normal circumstances, but when it involves a shared living space – and doesn’t have the legal protection and process of a divorce – things can get messy. So how do you move forward? Breaking […]

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Women in Business: Who Do We Take Seriously?

by Katharine Paljug May 27, 2013

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In a recent article for Forbes, Meghan Casserly writes about the “pink ghetto” of female entrepreneurs and Jolie O’Dell’s “tweet heard ‘round the… blogosphere’” (as Casserly describes it): “Women: Stop making startups about fashion, shopping, & babies. At least for the next few years. You’re embarrassing me.” Casserly points out a big problem with this […]

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