4 Money-Saving Tips For Summer Parties And Picnics

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Summer is a great time of the year to enjoy some fresh air and some good company. That makes it the perfect season to throw a party!

There are a lot of ways that you can do this, but with food, drinks, and decorations, hosting your friends and family can get expensive. I’m finding this out firsthand, as I plan a picnic to celebrate my college graduation.

Fortunately, I’ve come up with some ideas to cut costs, and I think they could be helpful for any picnic or party. Here are four ways I plan to save.…

Money-Saving Tips For Hair Product Junkies

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I got my hair relaxed for the first time when I started elementary school. For the next 13 years, my family spent time, money, and effort chemically straightening my curls. I simply thought it was part of overall hygiene and hair care—every two months, burn those fuzzy roots into submission!

By the time I was a senior in high school, my poor strands were fried and limp. I’d spend time, money, and effort to add volume back into my hair. “Wait a minute,” I thought. “Why am I doing this—don’t I naturally have curly hair? Aren’t I, ya know, genetically predisposed to voluminous hair?”…

How To Avoid The Biggest Online Shopping Trap

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If you’re like me, and you won’t be enjoying a tax refund check this year, you probably need one good tip to get your finances back on track. Here it is: unsubscribe from retail email newsletters.

I’m not a shopaholic by any stretch of the imagination, but I do love a good sale. Who doesn’t? And isn’t it so nice of our favorite stores to send email newsletters about every sale they have? No. It’s not nice, it’s slick. Don’t fall into their trap!…

How To Deal With Your Spending “Blind Spots”

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Certain expenses seem to exist in an untouchable sphere. They sneak under the labels of “necessity” and “fixed cost”—even when we adamantly reduce our spending everywhere else.

For me, yoga is one of these spending blind spots. And after realizing I’ve already spent more than $500 on yoga classes and workout gear this year, I’m not feeling too zen about it.…

4 Purchases It’s OK To Gamble Your Money On

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Gambling is good for your bank account. How many times have you heard that nugget of advice? (I can see my mother cringing as she reads this and hear my father muttering “where did we go wrong?!” over her shoulder.)

Really, it’s true—although I don’t mean wagering extra during your Friday night poker game or betting when the government shutdown will end (all bets are clearly off with that). I mean gambling on specific purchases. Here’s what I’m talking about.…

4 Dorm “Essentials” You Do Not Need (And A Few That You Actually Do)

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It’s the time of year again when college students run around to get their dorm “essentials.” For parents and students, paying for these items can really add up.

Through my experiences, I’ve learned that I didn’t need some items that I thought I would. Since it stinks to spend money you don’t need to, here are four expensive items that I didn’t need to for school—and you probably won’t either!…

3 Reasons To Shop At Flea And Farm Markets

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My local flea market has an unofficial event called “Free Stuff Sunday.” At the end of the weekend, vendors leave things behind they don’t want. People can then walk these deserted tables to pick these items up for free.

I had only heard of “Free Stuff Sunday” from my dad and friends. Then, last weekend, I visited this legendary event. It was both as you would expect and not as you would expect.…