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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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Five Qualities to Look For in a Financial Advisor

by Michelle Cortés-Harkins May 15, 2015

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What’s your biggest financial fear? Losing your job? Not being prepared for retirement? We’ve all been there! Thinking about the future — especially when things are uncertain — can be scary. But there’s one thing we do know — gaining control of your finances can be empowering. Finding a good advisor is the first step […]

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Four Surprising Ways to Save Money

by Kali Hawlk May 5, 2015

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We all want to save more money, but finding the inspiration to spend less and keep more — and staying motivated to keep up good habits over time — can be a challenge. But the more you save, the closer you’ll be to achieving your biggest financial goals (those surf lessons could be closer than […]

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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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Three Tips for Creating a Savings Plan That Works

by Erika Torres April 30, 2015

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When my husband and I first got married, we were your stereotypical broke newlyweds. We lived in a guesthouse in someone’s backyard, ate frozen pizza for dinner, and rented a DVD for date nights. But four years later, we’ve paid off $45,000 in debt and are now saving half our income. Before you think that […]

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Bust These Five Bad Excuses for Not Saving

by Kali Hawlk April 23, 2015

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We all have our excuses for why we can’t do this or that. When it comes to good money management habits, those excuses for why we’re not doing what we know we should with our finances can become endless. It’s an issue Millennial women in particular need to get under control. We’re behind Gen Y […]

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How Much Do I Need to Save Before Quitting My Job?

by Carrie Smith March 30, 2015

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Most experts say you should have at least 3-6 months worth of your monthly expenses saved in the bank. But that’s generally based on the fact that you still have a consistent paycheck coming in each month. Are you confused when you think, “How much money should I save before quitting my job to branch pursue other […]

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Why You Should Be Saving For Retirement Now

by Sarah Chang March 26, 2015

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Is saving for retirement on your to-do list? You may think you have plenty of time to worry about stocking away cash. But the later you get started on saving the less opportunity you have to take advantage of compound interest (and your money working for you). Check out this infographic by our friends at […]

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How to Avoid Financial Infidelity

by Meredith Lepore February 20, 2015

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In the past, it used to be a given that newlyweds would unconditionally apply the “What’s mine is yours; yours, mine” mentality to everything, including their finances. Most of us probably recall our parents pooling all of their money into a joint bank account. In contrast, many of my newlywed friends have told me that […]

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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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7 Female Characters From Romantic Comedies Who Need to Learn How to Budget

by Meredith Lepore February 4, 2015

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You may remember our article on female television characters who are living way above what their salaries would allow in real life. Given it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I think it’s time we turned to the big screen – particularly the romantic genre comedy. Though “romcoms” can be wonderfully entertaining, they can also be horribly cliche […]

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Six Money Beliefs That Are Keeping You Broke

by Melanie Lockert February 2, 2015

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Are you still broke? It may be about more than just what’s in your bank account. Oftentimes when we struggle with money, we think of our struggles from a purely financial standpoint. It’s all about the money (or lack thereof). But more often than not, there is so much more at play than just money, […]

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Seven Easy Budget Tips for the Self-Employed

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss January 23, 2015

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When you leave the mother ship to work for yourself, there are just a few things you might miss. Along with the bad commute and worse coffee, you leave behind that steady paycheck from which a computer in a far off payroll office automatically deducted money for the things you never had to think too […]

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Five Savings Challenges to Try in 2015

by Kali Hawlk January 22, 2015

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Ready to save more money in 2015? You’re not alone! According to a recent survey from Fidelity on money resolutions, the majority of people who made goals to improve their finances said they wanted to save more this year. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of 5 savings challenges to try throughout […]

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This Year, Don’t Make Resolutions—Create Habits

by Sarah Kaufman January 7, 2015

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This is the year you’re going to crush your resolutions. You’re going to exercise five days a week, cut back on greasy foods, and save more—a lot more—money. You’re going to feel motivated the whole time, so it will be simple. It’s just a matter of adhering to your mission. Mind over matter. Right? Wrong. […]

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Building Your Financial Toolbox: 5 Financial Resources For Millennial Women

by Claire Murdough December 19, 2014

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When I studied creative writing at UC Santa Cruz a common piece of advice came up time and time again: add to your creative tool box. As an undergrad learning the technicalities of a craft, it seemed exactly the opposite of what I might have guessed. I’d always assumed I had to find my voice […]

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Five Gifts to Give Yourself Before Year End

by Ashley Feinstein December 18, 2014

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During the holiday season we tend to spend a lot of time and money on gifts for others. Here are six gifts you should commit to gifting to yourself before year-end – and they’ll even benefit those you love and care for as well. The Gift of Wealth While you don’t need to be spending […]

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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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