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The Pros and Cons of Staying at Hostels

By on May 30th, 2016 • Budgeting, Savings, Travel, Vacation, Life

Several years ago I did some traveling through Central America, and a big part of the reason I was able to afford back-to-back vacations was that I stayed at hostels throughout each trip. By paying next to nothing for a roof over my head, I was able to shave a huge chunk off my travel costs, which enabled me to extend my trips and see more places.

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If You Tweet It, They Will Come: How to navigate online marketing

Last week, a new restaurant opened in my neighborhood. The door was open, colorful balloons adorned the fence and a chalkboard sign invited me in. I was intrigued. But when I punched their name into Google, I got zilch. No website, no Yelp reviews, no Facebook page.

I guess they were hoping word of mouth would be enough to keep the doors open, but I took my money elsewhere.

Utilize Social Media

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Money-Saving Life Hacks

By Janaye Everitt on May 10th, 2016 • Budgeting, Investing, life hacks, Savings, Life

Sometimes navigating through life isn't so easy. And we often look for ways to do our daily tasks faster, smarter and more efficiently. Are you struggling with falling asleep at night or trying to find more space in your closet? These nifty life hacks can help you conquer it all.

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Growing Roots: Jacob Kose educates future generations about farming

By Abbie Tumbleson on May 10th, 2016 • Budgeting, farming, Life, Savings, Travel, Investing

As long as there are humans living on Planet Earth, there's going to need to be food to feed all of us. And that food has to be grown somewhere, by someone.

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Tips on Car Buying

Purchasing your first car in a big deal. It's a great lesson in finances, too. Whether you're looking for something new or used, Dr. Sean Stein Smith is ready to answer you car-buying questions to help you get on the road with the best deal possible.

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Movie Money: The price of entertainment

By Janaye Everitt on May 9th, 2016 • blockbusters, Budgeting, movies, Savings, Life

Pretty much everyone has a favorite movie. While most big blockbusters take millions of dollars to make, all you need for a favorite films-filled day is a bowl of popcorn and something delicious to drink (and maybe the $4 or $5 to rent that new release you've been dying to watch).

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When it comes to everyday life, we've all searched for ways to get a little more cash in our pockets. The smallest story could potentially have a huge impact on our financial futures. It's time to read some Curren(t)cy.

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Three Perks of Investing That Have Nothing to Do With Money

By on March 28th, 2016 • Life, Managing debt, Managing your money, Savings, Investing

Talk to people nearing retirement and they will say they wish they had saved more.

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Saving Up to Give Back: Joanna Rist's volunteer journey

Joanna Rist's former retail boss once called her over. "Are these hours correct?" she asked. "There are so many."

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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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