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Skinny Science: Weight-loss fads that lighten your wallet

By Stephen Ullmer on February 1st, 2009 • Budgeting, Health Care, Managing your money, Life

All too often we see expansive marketing campaigns for diet pills and celebrity diet crazes that rarely emphasize a balanced diet and regular exercise.

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Should You Stay at an All-Inclusive Resort?

You've worked hard all year, whether at school or on the job, and you're finally in the process of planning a much-deserved vacation. If your idea of a good time involves sun and sand, figuring out where to go is easier said than done. With all the resort options out there, pinpointing your ideal vacation spot can be dizzying.

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Fashion Cents: Look your best on a budget

Looking like a million bucks doesn't have to cost, well, a million bucks.

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Crash Budgets Can Lead to Financial Burns

Summer is coming. The threat of swimsuit season can push people toward a number of trendy crash diets out there on the internet. But don't forget about your financial waistline. If you've gotten lazy over the past few months and want to tighten up your finances in order to ensure a care-free summer, avoid simply slashing your budget to get your accounts back into shape.

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Cooking with Kristen: How to save at restaurants

If you're trying to save money, a good place to start is by cutting back on dining out. Americans spend at least $1,000 per year on lunch alone, according to Forbes. But you don't have to cut it out completely just because you're on a budget. Here are some tips for saving money at restaurants:

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Shopping and Stress: Why retail therapy shouldn't always be the answer

As I stood staring at the expensive handbag that I didn't need, but purchased anyway, I tried to remember how I got to this point. It had been a crazy week. School, two jobs, little sleep and attempting to move to a new city had taken an emotional toll, and I only know of one full-proof way to blow off some steam: shopping.

Why is it that when emotions take over, we turn to spending our hard-earned cash on items we may not need or even necessarily want?

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Spring 2015 Crossword Answers

By on April 22nd, 2015 • Budgeting, Crossword solution

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Defeat Budget Spoilers By Mastering Irregular Expenses

Irregular expenses are bills you know are coming but may not have a fixed amount and don’t occur monthly. However, there is a way to prepare for them without relying on your emergency fund every time something comes up.

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Care and Feeding

There are three main types of tools to consider for tracking and maintaining your budget. 

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Budgeting your money is a have-to with real consequences. Luckily, it isn’t that complicated.

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