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How to Make an MBA Worth it for You

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A Master of Business Administration degree, or MBA, is one of the most popular business qualifications, and with good reason. MBA students learn to think strategically and develop their problem-solving skills. They also improve their managerial skills while developing a solid understanding of all areas of business, so that even a finance major has a working knowledge of marketing and vice versa.

Tips for making an MBA worth it for you

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Are You Throwing Away Food That Isn’t Really Expired?

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Every so often I catch my husband going through the refrigerator or pantry and throwing away items that have passed their expiration dates. Mayonnaise, relish, canned food. But have they really expired? Are you looking to minimize food waste and save money? Then stop throwing away perfectly good food.

How to tell if the food you’re throwing out is really expired.

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13 Frugal & Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts!

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Don’t worry…flowers aren’t on this Mother’s Day gift list! Via Shutterstock.

Mother’s Day is a time to show Mom just how much you care…which is why there’s so much pressure to pick the perfect gift! If you’re still on the lookout for a Mother’s Day gift you’ll want to check our gift list that includes products under $100, under $50, and even under $20!

Mother’s Day Gifts in Every Price Range

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How I Paid $1,000 Under Kelley Blue Book For My New-to-Me Prius V

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I bought a new-to-me car Sunday that I saved more than $1,000 dollars on, thanks to a bit of research, a car-smart friend, and a seller who may not have had other options. I decided to buy a Prius V for the superior gas mileage (42 by the book, 40-41 by user experience), safety features, and roomy interior. But price was also a major concern.

TIP => Save $1,000 of a new car using only email

A brand new 2015 Prius V costs $30,391. I bought mine for $17,000.

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Five best beauty products under $10

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Cheap beauty products, in cost not quality – via Shutterstock

It’s safe to say every beauty product in my bathroom is under $10 – with the exception of my flatiron and hair dryer. I am a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a lot to get quality products – hence why I won’t step foot in a Whole Foods. Brands are catching on to this type of consumer – demanding quality at a price that’s realistic – and creating some amazing products. So, I’m here to share with you my favorite products to smell, look and feel my best …ish. Because let’s be honest, no product is a complete miracle worker!

Five best beauty products under $10

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Free Budget Template That is Super Easy

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I’m always looking for a new way to budget that is easier and simpler than the dozens of ways I’ve tried to budget. Which is why I was really excited to learn about the Super Starter Budget. It’s a FREE incredibly simple budget spreadsheet template (using Excel) that can be downloaded directly off of the Savvy Spreadsheets website.

Who is Super Starter Budget for?

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11 Tricks to Save Money on Dog Food

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Pet food bills can really add up, especially if you have more than one four-legged friend living in your home. You don’t want to skimp on quality, since more expensive pet food is cheaper in the long run if you factor in how the lower quality (and less costly) brands are often bulked up with fillers. Also, it’s been my experience that better quality food may cost more in the short term, but will save you in the long run when it comes to vet bills. So, where is the cheapest place to buy pet food? What are your options?

11 tips to save money on dog food.

 

 

 

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How Much Do College Grads Earn Right Out of College?

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Since I graduated college I’ve wondered if I made a mistake in choosing my major. English and Journalism seemed like the natural choice for an avid reader and writer BUT was my education really worth the investment? Time.com’s article, “Here’s What the Average Grad Makes Right Out of College,” shares statistics that has me, and may have you, rethinking your chosen major.

How Much Do College Grads Earn Right Out of College?

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What Do You Want For Mother’s Day?

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Love this new study from Ebates about what Moms DON’T want for Mother’s Day, which is Sunday May 10th this year. My best Mother’s Day yet was when my husband and two other husbands made plans for a group of us to have brunch together. They planned everything, cooked everything, and cleaned everything. It was heavenly.

What Moms don’t want for Mother’s Day

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Three ways to save on group gift giving

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Giving money for group gift giving is something everyone has experienced at work, with your friends or family celebrations. But when does the giving become too much? My running group at its inception had four members, and we all pitched in $10-20 every few months for a birthday gift. Then we grew to about 10 and the birthday’s became more frequent, and the contributions the same. Now we are well over 20 runners strong, and it feels like every week I am shelling out money for a gift. At what point can we stop giving group gifts? Does it make me seem uncaring if I stop contributing? It got me thinking about what other options we had to celebrate each other every month.

Three ways to save on group gift giving

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My Scammed Vacation: How to Avoid Vacation Disasters

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This year was my twin sister Alyssa’s last year in graduate school, so we planned what we thought we be the trip of a lifetime. Four of our closest friends, Miami beach, and six nights in a suite at the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel. Unfortunately, our vacation dreams turned into a vacation disaster when we arrived at our hotel. Instead of a suite with the ability to fit six girls comfortably, we were put into a room that was meant for four or less. Ah!

Our vacation disaster and how to avoid it yourself

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Taxes You Didn’t Know You Owed the IRS and Forgiven Debts

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You’ve finally managed to reduce your debt. If some of those debts were forgiven or reduced, however, your financial concerns might not be quite over. The IRS taxes forgiven debt as income in most circumstances. Understanding whether your forgiven debts qualify and how to file your tax returns is important in not adding to any financial woes.

Why Can the IRS Tax Debt?

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Write a Blog People Will Read

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Want to start a blog? Need to start one to promote your business? More than 152 million blogs already exist. How do you make yours stand out?

You could just buy a domain, monetize it and start scribbling on the virtual screen. Maybe you’ll luck out and go viral.

No, you won’t. To be worth following, you’ve got to be worth reading.

A strong blog can add revenue as your side gig, supplement your company’s bottom line, or be an effective marketing tool to customers.

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How Much Does Your Public Library Save You? Calculate It.

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Discovered this totally amazing site that lets you calculate – down to the penny – how much money your local public library saves you every year. Awesome! I discovered it last week when I was perusing my own public library’s site, which was recently redesigned.

How much do you use your library – in dollars?

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