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What to Do With Unwanted Holiday Gifts

By on January 13th, 2016 • Budgeting, Managing debt, Managing your money, Savings, Life

When it comes to gift giving, they say it's the thought that counts. But what happens when the oh-so-generous folks in your life just happen to have the worst imaginable taste? It's an unfortunate fact that sometimes bad holiday gifts happen to good people -- and by "bad," we're talking everything from ugly sweaters to gaudy, kitschy fruit bowls that pain you to look at them.

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How We Afforded a Road Trip to Eight MLB Games in Nine Days

By on November 4th, 2015 • Budgeting, College, Life, Managing your money, road trip, Savings

After going to my first baseball game at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Mich., I was hooked. I told my father that I wanted to visit other stadiums to really get a feel for the game, and he provided me with the challenge of a lifetime: Visit all 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) stadiums in the United States and Canada.

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Dreams in Focus: Kaitlynn Smith snaps her way to success

"Every time I pick up my camera, my adventure begins again," said Kaitlynn Smith, a high school junior living in Georgia. "I often have ideas of a photo in my head, and it's extremely satisfying when I can actually make it happen and get the perfect photo."

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Tips for Thrifty Travelers

Around 42% of Americans said they didn't take any vacation days in 2014, according to a survey conducted by Skift.

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The world is always changing, but one thing remains the same: Americans are spending money.

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Your First Vacation Budget

By on July 13th, 2015 • Budgeting, Managing your money, Savings, Vacation, Life

The great thing about traveling on your own or with friends is that you don't have to worry about your parents calling the shots. When you go away without your folks, you won't have to deal with mandatory sibling bonding or countless dorky family photo shoots along the way. Instead, you'll be able to kick back, relax and stick to your own agenda.

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Turn Your Tax Refund into $100,000 by Investing in Yourself

April 15 is Tax Day, and nearly 90 percent of people have already received their refunds. The average refund at this point? $2,893.

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Don't Let Your Wedding Drive You Into Debt

Congratulations -- you're engaged! Now you can finally begin planning the wedding you've always dreamed about. As you start looking at venues, interviewing photographers and creating sample menus, you may quickly notice that your magical day can really add up money-wise. Some people grow disillusioned with the outrageous cost of throwing a wedding and opt to take the simple route early on. Others refuse to skimp on details and instead find ways to splurge.

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Not A Joke: I took a year off for comedy's sake

I am a screenwriter and comedian, and all I want is a career in entertainment.

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10 Lessons I Learned From Being Poor

By on November 17th, 2014 • being poor, Managing your money, Savings, surviving, Life

The day my bank account hit zero, I knew I was in trouble.

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