3 Surprising Ways Paying for My Wedding IMPROVED My Financial Life

3 Surprising Ways Paying for My Wedding IMPROVED My Financial Life

I don't want to toot my own horn or anything, but I'm pretty proud of how my husband and I handled our recent wedding. First, we waited a whopping 10 years to tie the knot. I know that might not be for everyone, but we wanted to have enough money saved up that we could afford at least half of our "rough draft budget" up front in cash.

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5 Money-Saving Hacks for Wedding Guests

5 Money-Saving Hacks for Wedding Guests

Ah, the sweet smell of spring! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and oh, what's that? I have three weddings to attend this year? Cue the sweet sound of my savings account drying up faster than a California puddle. 

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8 Ways Money-Savvy Women Can Boost Their Salaries & Careers

8 Ways Money-Savvy Women Can Boost Their Salaries & Careers

When you're offered a new job, there's one thing you can do before accepting that can really help you in the long run: negotiate your base salary. Asking for more money upfront is always a good idea, as long as you approach it tactfully.

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10 Essential Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

10 Essential Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

You're tired of renting, you've got some cash saved up, and you've made up your mind: it's time for you to become a homeowner. But where do you go from here?

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8 Indispensible Ways to Save Money on K-Cups

8 Indispensible Ways to Save Money on K-Cups

Wake up, coffee addicts! If you've ever lamented the cost of your morning cup o' joe, this one's for you. 

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Hygge is the Latest Frugal Trend That's Perfect for Surviving Dark and Dreary Days

Hygge is the Latest Frugal Trend That's Perfect for Surviving Dark and Dreary Days

What is hygge? It's raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings.

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Move Over, Monopoly: 8 New Games to Level up Game Night on a Budget

Move Over, Monopoly: 8 New Games to Level up Game Night on a Budget

Entertainment isn’t cheap. It costs about a million dollars to see a movie in theaters here in Chicago, and that’s if you skip the popcorn. Don't want to spend a fortune taking the family out to the movies? It might be time to update the old board game collection. With just a few games of your own, you can entertain your friends and family for hours — for free! Here are some of our favorite new games that cost less than a trip to Applebee's.

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10 Futuristic Products We Can't Wait to Try in 2017

10 Futuristic Products We Can't Wait to Try in 2017

Remember when smartwatches first hit the market and everyone said, "Who needs a phone on their wrist?!" Fast forward a few years, and one in six people now owns a smartwatch or a fitness tracker. Innovative products can seem frivolous when they first hit the market, but it doesn't take long for them become an essential part of our culture and lifestyle.

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7 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

7 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

For many people, 2016 was a year full of unexpected and unwelcome surprises. The headlines read like a parade of '80s movies: Russian spies one day, creepy clowns the next. Worse still, every week brought news of a beloved celebrity's passing. 

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An Event Planner's 6 Best Tips for Throwing the Perfect NYE Bash

An Event Planner's 6 Best Tips for Throwing the Perfect NYE Bash

The perfect New Year's Eve party must deliver both a satisfying end to one year and an exciting start to the next. It needs to have copious amounts of champagne, and just the right amount of sparkle. So if you've volunteered to host the New Year at your house this year, you're probably feeling the pressure. Don't freak out! Chicago's own party planning queen, Jasmine Shells, has got your back. 

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