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Five Ways To Cut Your Wedding Budget

According to wedding website TheKnot.com, the average American wedding can come with a price tag of around $28,000.

While that's an acceptable amount of money to spend on, say, a brand new car or a down payment on a home, some couples may decide that building a life together is more important than throwing an extravagant party.

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The Resurgence Of Cooperative Housing

Co-living is an evolving housing option for all demographics--from twentysomethings to baby boomers--and challenges traditional views of "living together" and community.

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Borrow My Ride

Getaround is a car-sharing option in a growing industry now available in several U.S. metropolitan areas. 

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Owning A Pet Will Cost You

By on April 21st, 2014 • Budgeting, Budgeting, Life, Managing your money, Pets

Inevitably, your new puppy is going to chew up something she shouldn't – a MacBook power chord in my case. Pets are invaluable companions, but they also come with a huge financial commitment – not to mention a lot of unexpected and expensive trips to the Apple store. Here are some overlooked pet care costs and advice for how to avoid them.

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Lessons From My Father: Bartering skills

When I was young, I often accompanied my father to work on air conditioning units. He specialized in all things HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Sometimes I found that the customers wouldn't pay him. Once I asked why, and he explained that they simply repaid him with goods or services of their own. Never once has anyone in my family paid for a car repair because of deals like this that he has in place. Growing up I enjoyed the spoils of bartering in ways you couldn't imagine.

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Payday Loans: How a short-term loan can have long-term consequences

A payday loan is marketed as an advance on your paycheck -- it's a short-term loan (around two weeks) that typically ranges from $50 to $500, plus a fee.

I know what you're thinking…that doesn't seem so bad. So, what's to fear? I worked for a payday lender right after I graduated college. Sure, many people were able to get a loan, pay it off right away, and be on their way. Unfortunately, I witnessed many others who experienced the negative effects of payday loans.

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Track Your Finances: 10 money management apps that can help you save

Track spending to the dime, browse your investment portfolio and save for that trip to Europe, all while standing in line at the post office. Hundreds of finance apps on the market today turn your smartphone into a powerful financial tool, ideal for seizing control of your bottom line. Here's a sampling of some apps you'll love.

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Hidden Apartment Fees: Additional costs to expect when moving into a new place

By on January 24th, 2014 • Budgeting, fees, Hidden fees, Moving, New Apartment, New city, New home

Searching for an apartment can be stressful. You’re trying to find the best location, a reputable management company, a great apartment, and all while staying in budget. The apartment you choose drastically can affect your finances. But keep in mind that it isn’t just the monthly rent that you’ll be paying for. There are actually many other costs that you might not realize right away. Here are some hidden fees you may encounter while renting an apartment:

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How I Moved to Europe for Six Months: Part 2

After seven years, I'd saved $13,000 to go to Europe for six months. And though I was leaving my job as the development director at a small literary arts center, I offered to continue writing grants for them over the summer. This was a win for all involved; the new development person wouldn't have to worry initially about grant applications, and I'd have additional income.

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How I Moved to Europe for Six Months: Part 1

As many do, I became enamored of travel when I studied abroad in college—for me, it was a month in Rome studying poetry. I knew I would want to return to Europe for an extended period of time. I had lived in the same city, Seattle, for most of my life. And I wanted to stay there; I loved it! But my time in Rome helped me realize how much, emotionally and intellectually, there is to gain from learning a new city from the ground up.

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