4 Ways To Save Money And Still Be A Social Butterfly

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By Cassie

Going out is fun. But it’s expensive. Food, drinks, movies, concerts. They add up quickly. Sometimes we’re asked to make the unfortunate choice between what we want to do and what we can afford to do. Where’s the fun in that?

While some things you can’t change – for example, concert ticket prices are out of your hands – there are ways you can cut back on the expense of going out so that you can get more for your money. In other words, you absolutely can have your cake and eat it too.

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The Darker The Berry Lipstick, The Sweeter The Tube

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By Tiffany Mercer

Fall brings out our inner dark child. From chocolate to lipstick, our mouth craves it all. Fall is a special time of the year for makeup and makeup artists everywhere because we get to bring out all the berry!

I’m a mama on a budget (what I like to call, ballin’ on a budget). I have high-end lipsticks that I love and I have some pretty amazing drugstore lipsticks that I love too. I’m here to share my go-to fall lipstick colors that will make you run around with a pumpkin spice latte in your hands and scream, “I love fall!Continue reading

4 Ways My Childhood Experiences Shape My Current Spending Patterns

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By Kate Kole

I grew up in a middle-class Midwestern family. My dad was a college professor, and my mom self-employed. While we never went without, we also didn’t live extravagantly. Many of our activities were of the free or budget friendly variety, hiking at state parks, playing basketball in the driveway, at home movie nights, and card games around the kitchen table. We carved pumpkins in the fall, decorated frosted snowman cookies in the winter, planted flowers in the spring, and fished on the lake in the summer.

My childhood shaped me in a variety of ways. It provided me with an appreciation for quality time with the people I love. I grew to enjoy homemade meals, library books, and using my imagination for entertainment. I came to prefer spending time outdoors and still opt for weekend afternoons spent on our deck or playing bags in the yard over ones spent inside or shopping at the mall.  My childhood also shaped the way I now view money. Today, I embrace so many of the same financial decisions my parents made while raising my siblings and me. Continue reading

11 Items To Stock Up On Next Time You’re At Trader Joe’s

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By Kate Kole

In college, Trader Joe’s was my most serious long-distance relationship. With 2 ½ hours between campus and our closest TJ’s location, my roommate and I would eagerly anticipate care packages full of our beloved goodies and we’d stock our backseats full of groceries to bring back to school after every break.

In the 8 years since graduating, I’ve been lucky enough to live in places with closer proximity to Trader Joe’s. Meaning, my trips are much more frequent and my kitchen is rarely without my favorite finds. While I could undoubtedly create a list of 100 products worth purchasing, these 11 are the ones I buy in bulk. Because, God forbid I go a day without coconut oil. Continue reading

7 Ways To Make The Most Of Spring

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By Joanna Grey Talbot

Shorts and flip-flops have been dusted off and sunblock displays are up in the grocery store. Spring also means rainy days but don’t let that squelch your desire to get out and explore your community and beyond. Warm weather always means new things to do, many of them outside, but if you are at a loss of where to start here are a few suggestions. Pack a tote bag with a bottle of water, portable phone charger, notebook, and sunblock and go have an adventure! Continue reading

Five Ways To Get Your Caffeine Fix While Traveling on a Budget

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By Kristina Baltutis

When all’s said and done, during my clinical year of veterinary school I’ll have spent a total of 3 months away from home.  I’ve stayed at friend’s houses, friend’s parents’ houses, hotels, Air B&Bs, with local families, and in internship-sponsored dorms.  Some of these experiences have been a few hours’ drive down the road, some have been a short plane-ride away, and one was on the other side of the world.  During all of this travel, pinning down a reliable source of caffeine has been a repeated challenge.   Continue reading

What Budgeting Means In 2016

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By Christine McClean

This year has been cataclysmic. America is experiencing one of its most eventful elections in history. Britain has made the shocking decision to leave the European Union (EU). Terrorist attacks seem to be becoming commonplace. Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm and changed the face of the gaming landscape. The list is endless. Quite a few of the changes that have occurred, or will soon occur, have profound impact on the way we live and do business. Continue reading

5 Ways You Can Save Money At The Grocery Store

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By Fadila Henry

Budgeting, while not everyone’s favorite word, is crucial in helping us manage our finances efficiently, so we’re able to get a lot more out of our money without selling ourselves short in the long run. Unlike make-up and handbags, we need food to live, so even when we’re suspicious of the large amounts we spend on groceries, we tend to overlook it because it’s food, it’s for our survival! Luckily, this is an area where a few small changes can make a difference to our cash flow and can instill some healthy shopping habits in our lives. So here’s a few tips to get you started.

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