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How I’m Making it Work As a Single Mother in College

by Cara Cortez April 15, 2014

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Going back to college at age 25 last year wasn’t an easy decision for me. I went to college at age 18, but took a break to work and earn a living. When I was 20, I became pregnant with my boyfriend’s child. As hard as we tried, the relationship didn’t work out, and we […]

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Graduate School: What It Really Costs to Go Back to School

by Ilana Nutkis April 14, 2014

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So you’re thinking about going back to school. Besides tuition costs, what should you budget for? I left my post-college career for law school three years ago, and along the way, gained an unexpected education on the costs they don’t mention in the brochure. If You’re Thinking About Graduate School… Before you even enter the […]

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The Hidden Cost of Weddings

by Erika Torres April 13, 2014

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Weddings are expensive. However, there are still plenty of ways to trim costs and save money on a wedding. If you’re a blushing bride to be,  check out this infographic on the hidden costs of weddings and see where you can trim your wedding budget.

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Save Money: Say “I Don’t” to These Wedding Expenses

by Kendal Perez April 9, 2014

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According to the Real Weddings Study commissioned by the creator of The Knot, the average wedding cost (excluding the honeymoon) in 2013 was just shy of $30,000. That’s nearly $1,500 more than 2012 ($28,427), and close to 10-percent higher than 2011 ($27,021). In fact, the amount spent on weddings has been on the rise since […]

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The 5 Minute Routine That Could Protect You From Fraud

by Ashley Feinstein April 8, 2014

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You’ve probably heard the horror stories. Someone stole a friend’s identity and took out thirty thousand dollars on their home equity loan or started charging large purchases to their credit card. Identity theft and financial fraud are unfortunately very real problems we have to deal with in today’s’ world. Here’s a five minute monthly routine […]

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From Two Incomes to One: How to Make the Switch

by Mary Beth Storjohann April 7, 2014

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Making the decision for one partner to leave the workforce for any period of time is always a tough one. Perhaps you’d like to spend time with children, need to care for an aging parent or are planning to launch a business that will require sacrificing some income for a few years. To minimize financial […]

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IT Manager By Day, Movie Theater Cashier By Night: How One GoGirl is Paying Down $90k in Student Loans

by Erika Torres April 6, 2014

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This is the second installment in the GoGirl Finance series called “The Side Hustle,” showcasing different ways people make money in addition to their day jobs in order to pay down debt or save money. Read our first post in the series: How to Become a Mystery Shopper. Have a side hustle? Share your story […]

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5 Pins That Inspired Us This Week – April 5, 2014

by Sarah Chang April 5, 2014

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This week we’re all about frugal living. Sometimes a few small changes can make a big difference in terms of dollars saved. From how to save on your grocery budget, to teaching your kids about money, to making the most of frugal swaps, here’s what inspired us this week. Looking to save on groceries? Feel […]

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Why and How We Save Half Our Income

by Kali Hawlk April 3, 2014

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I’m an inquisitive person by nature. I like to ask questions and when someone tells me that something is done a certain way, my first thought is, “why?” Understanding the why behind the way things work is important to me. When I started asking how much I needed to save for retirement, I wasn’t satisfied […]

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How Four Families Plan to Pay for College

by Melissa Batai April 1, 2014

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Do you have a plan to pay for your child’s education?  If not, you may be feeling a bit panicked.  After all, a college degree these days is as essential as a high school diploma used to be 40 years ago. Yet, without a plan, you may wonder how your child will ever be able […]

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The Conversation Every Gen Y Couple Should Have

by Meredith Lepore March 31, 2014

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Though retirement doesn’t sound like the most romantic of topics, it is the conversation every Gen Y couple should have. Retirement may seem incredibly far away, but it’s important to start thinking about it now. According to Fidelity’s fourth Couples Retirement Study, approximately four in ten couples don’t agree on the lifestyle they want in retirement. The […]

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How To Budget For Your “Spring Break” Trip

by Meredith Lepore March 30, 2014

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Though you’re probably well past the spring break age, you may be looking forward to some sort of escape in the spring – particularly if you’ve been stuck here on the East Coast in 30 degree weather. Taking a trip feels so necessary sometimes – but can be expensive. Here are a few tips. Find […]

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5 Pins That Inspired Us This Week – March 29, 2014

by Sarah Chang March 29, 2014

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Saturday is here and we’re thinking Spring! It’s been a rough winter for so many of us, but this weekend we’re looking forward – and thinking about ways we can get this season started off right. From budgeting, to cooking, to getting your side hustle going, here’s what inspired us this week. Having trouble with […]

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How I Made The Most of Underemployment

by Kali Hawlk March 28, 2014

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Generation Y, or the Millennial generation, has been known for its struggles with a weak job market. Only one out of two Millennials had a full-time job that required at least a Bachelor’s degree in 2012, which meant a full 50 percent of recent college graduates were either unemployed or underemployed. Being underemployed means you […]

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The 3 Step Guide to Packing on a Budget

by Case Drury March 23, 2014

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Looking sharp and professional on business trips is easier than you think – and it doesn’t require expensive travel clothes, fancy suitcases, or portable appliances. This is your guide for how to get the most bang for your buck when packing for a trip. 1. Choose Wisely As long as you make a few smart […]

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5 Pins That Inspired Us This Week – March 21, 2014

by Sarah Chang March 22, 2014

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Here at GoGirl Finance we’re huge fans of Pinterest. We love the information and inspiration in your boards, and can’t get enough of the brilliant tips and beautiful images. That’s why we’re curating our favorite Pins, and wrapping them up into a new Saturday series for you. From career, to investing, to improving your living […]

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Meet a Financial Planner: Russ Thornton, Helping Women Cope with Divorce

by Rebecca Jackson March 21, 2014

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Russ Thornton is passionate about helping women understand their finances. Russ witnessed first-hand how poor financial choices impacted his mother’s financial standing in the years after her divorce from his father. This led him to question how different the situation might have been had she worked with an advisor who had taken the time to […]

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Timeless Advice From 4 Women Pioneers Who “Got It”

by Ashley Feinstein March 18, 2014

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Women’s History Month honors the many incredible women who have contributed to events in history and contemporary society. Not only were these women extremely courageous and wonderful examples of pioneers in their own lifetimes, but their stories are timeless examples for us to learn from today. Here is some advice from four women pioneers who […]

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