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Dating on a Budget – Part 1

This is the first half of a two-part post.   My single friends complain about how expensive it is to date in the city. Dinner & drinks a few times a week for the most active of people really adds up over the course of a month, breaking budgets everywhere. Even for established relationships, it’s not hard for a date …

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9 Budget-friendly activities in NYC

I recently went to see the New York Philharmonic in Central Park. I’ve been here a little over a year now, and I’m blown away by the sheer amount of budget-friendly activities in the city. This event cost me nothing. Just open air, tons of people, and great music. A group of us picked up some cheese and box wine …

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Wealth does not equal worth

Last month, I published a post that focused on the difference between wealth and income. When I first embarked on my FI journey, my entire focus was to find my big number and reach it as fast as possible. My FI number is the single biggest goal I’ve focused on for over a year (with my student debt as the …

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Backpacking through Europe on a budget

Hello, all! My name is Anna and I am Jane’s younger sister. I just graduated college this past May and am currently backpacking through Europe for a month. Greetings from Barcelona! I have been backpacking solo for 2 weeks now and I have learned, amongst many other things, how affordable traveling can be! My trip started in Lisbon, Portugal, and …

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Just because I’m frugal doesn’t mean I’m cheap

The farther I delve into the realm of frugality, the more I think of being frugal and being cheap as complete opposites. By definition, both words emphasize a focus on low costs. In practice, I’ve found that being cheap is actually more expensive over time.

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How I paid off $35K of student debt in 3 years

I. AM. DEBT. FREE! At long last! In my last update in April, I had paid off $30K in student debt out of $35K. That means, in just two months, I managed to save up the final $5K. My total repayment period? Just under three years; from July 2014 to June 2017. This puts me a little ahead of my …