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How to Save Money on an Engagement Ring

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Frugal brides know the value of a dollar. These are the brides who opt for backyard weddings and skipping a honeymoon. These brides don’t shy from hand-me-downs – everything from the dress to the wedding favors – and, they certainly don’t need the added expense of a high-priced engagement ring.

On average, couples spend $4000 on engagement rings, but frugal brides know that money is best applied to more fruitful endeavors, such as the wedding itself or a down payment on a new home. The following are engagement ring options for money-saving couples.

The engagement ring is a meaningful symbol, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. (more…)

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Hubs Never Loses His Keys Now: Tile

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The Tile App may have saved my marriage. Okay, I’m being a tad extreme, but now that my husband has Tile on his keychain he never loses his keys. Which means he never storms around the house wretching about WHERE ARE MY KEYS??? Which means he never asks me to help find his keys. Which means I can keep my sweet arse glued to the couch.

Thank you, Tile, for never losing our keys again.


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6 Secrets to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Part of the reason that so many New Year’s Resolutions fail – whether they’re diet, career, or money-related – is because we often have an “all-or-nothing” mentality. Never eat sugar again, or else! The key is praising yourself for small victories and yes, allowing yourself to “cheat” once in awhile. If you want to stick to your resolutions, here are my secrets.

6 Secrets to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions:


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Valentine’s Day Ideas: 8 DIY Gifts!

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It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner but it is! I love celebrating Valentine’s Day every year…whether I’m dating someone or not. This holiday is about showing love to your friends and family. To do this I make homemade cards or small gifts. Here are some fun Valentine’s Day ideas for DIY gifts that your friends and family will actually want!

8 Valentine’s Day Ideas: DIY Gifts They’ll Actually Want!


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Should We Trade in Our Old Car?


We covet the Mini Countryman. Photo credit: Pan Xunbin via Shutterstock

My little 2003 Mini Cooper appears to be on its last legs. It is headed to the shop for the third time in four weeks, which makes me about 80% sure that it is time for a new car. (Or at least a newish one.) My husband is also ready for new wheels. We even agree on what type of car to buy – a Mini Countryman – we gave up on buying an electric car. The countryman has enough room for adults to sit in the back seat, so on the odd occasion when all four of us need to drive in the Mini, we’ll fit. What my husband and I vehemently disagree on is whether we should trade in our Mini at the dealer or sell it to a private party.

Should we trade in our old car or sell ourselves?



How Much of a Ripoff Is Travel Size Shampoo?


Do you buy travel sized shampoo bottles? Of course you do. We’ve all been there. Packing for a trip and realizing you have no small containers. Or arriving at your destination and realizing – crap – you forgot to pack shampoo! Or even worse, your airline tossed your luggage out of the plane! (At least, that’s the way it seems when they lose your bag.)

Travel size shampoo has it’s place. But I don’t want us to get lazy and buy them for the convenience.

How much of a ripoff is travel size shampoo?


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How We Lost Our Life Savings in a Ponzi Scheme


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You always hear about elderly, vulnerable people being taken advantage of – they are preyed upon by perpetrators who walk off with their savings. But what about two intelligent, college-educated, well-informed people who did years of research on an particular investment? How could they possibly become victims of a Ponzi scheme?

We lost $750,000. This is our story.



10 Most Popular Articles of 2014


Using Google Analytics, I found which articles people read the most this year on I’m surprised a few of the articles below made the list, but I’m also puzzled by a few articles that didn’t make the list. A quick look back at the community’s most popular reads.

How many of them have you read?