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How to reconcile eating out while on a budget

Every person who’s seriously chased after a financial goal (becoming debt free, saving for a big purchase, etc) has encountered the difficulty of balancing current enjoyment with an all-hands-on-deck savings approach. Having financial goals are great, but it’s important to still enjoy your day-to-day, within reason.

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Dating on a Budget – Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of Dating on a Budget, Ian and I shared our perspectives on frugal dating. In this third and final follow-up, we discuss how our relationship has changed over time. Take a peek into our life! When we started dating years ago, we were fresh out of college with little to no practical knowledge of money …

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Dating on a Budget – Part 2

In this follow-up to Dating on a Budget – Part 1, Ian shares his perspective on price-conscious passion.   Dates are a blast. I’m a romantic and a sucker for thrills with a significant other. Some of my favorite memories with Jane are the trips we’ve taken and places we’ve explored together. Others include spur of the moment dinners or surprise …

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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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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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Do you have too much in your emergency fund?

There’s this guideline to having an emergency fund; save three to six month’s worth of expenses (expenses, not salary). The importance of having a cash buffer to fall back on in case of emergencies can’t be stressed enough; however, I do think that there’s a lot to be unpacked in a simple recommendation of “three to six months of expenses”.