Tighten the Budget or Rely on the Generosity of Others?

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It’s a common problem among twenty-somethings and even those in their thirties.  The job you get fresh out of college, while perfect for building experience and growing your career, does not pay well. You may be paying down student loan and credit card bills from college while also trying to find money to move out on your own and get your first real place.  What do you do when you’re...

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How to Buy Wedding and Bridesmaid Dresses on the Cheap

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Many young girls imagine their wedding. They imagine their dress, the flowers, and the ceremony.  As they grow up, these same girls might buy bridal magazines and gaze longingly at wedding dresses before they’re even engaged. While we’ve seen the rise of expensive, couture dresses thanks to shows like Say Yes to the Dress, some retailers are bucking the trend and offering discount bridal...

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Four Frugal Tricks That Save You Money

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Frugality is no fun, right?  People who are frugal never go out with friends, never buy a coffee, never buy anything, it seems.  They spend all their time hanging up their clothes to line dry, saving their recycling for repurposing, and washing out plastic baggies.  Right? True, some frugal people do this.  But if you’re not naturally frugal and don’t want to be extreme, there are simple...

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Three Frugal Purchases That Have Saved Us Thousands

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When my husband and I were first married thirteen years ago, we were beyond broke.  We lived in a high cost of living area, I had student loan and credit card debt from college, and we only had one source of income at $35,000 a year.  The Tightwad Gazette was my go to resource for all things frugal. For Christmas that first year, we asked for two products:  a pair of hair clippers and a wooden dowel...

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