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Travel Insurance and Terrorism

Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris were horrifying on every level. Unsurprisingly, some rattled and fearful travelers are considering canceling their trips to the City of Light, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. I have a trip of my own to Paris booked for March, and mixed in with my shock and horror over the attacks were two questions: Should I still go? […]

10 Ways Millennials Are Able to Save Money

As a ‘millennial,’ I constantly find myself on the receiving end of financial advice that’s either way over my head (tax-loss harvesting?) or seemingly impossible (how can I save half of my income when half my income is rent?). Many personal finance articles don’t exactly take into account the unique position my generation is currently in. […]

Secrets of ‘Supersavers’

Yesterday, I found this great article from the New York Times entitled ‘Supersavers’ Focus on the Goal. […]

Questions About Freezer Bags, iTunes, Work Boredom, Old Debt Guilt and More!

Do you have a lot of boring downtime at work? Use that opportunity to learn long-term career skills. What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five-word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Replacing an old credit card 2. Handling wants without spending 3. Diverging financial perspectives from husband 4. […]

Why I Sometimes Regret Choosing Harvard over Community College

Back in 2008, I was a junior at Harvard University. It was around 10 p.m., and I was heading back to my dorm room after raiding our dining hall, which was offering free cookies that night. I was sharing an elevator with a classmate who was holding an astounding amount of cookies. […]

Top 10 States for College Affordability

North Carolina is one of two states whose constitution requires that college tuition be affordable. Photo: UNC Chapel Hill Year after year, we hear how the cost of college is ballooning out of control. But, is it true? After mulling this question over, I would have to say yes… and no. The truth is, college affordability is as complex as it is local. […]

Check Out These 10 Stunning, Affordable Wedding Dresses

Like anything with the word “wedding” attached, it can be tough to find a cheap wedding dress. The average wedding gown in the U.S. […]

The Freezer and Slow Cooker Connection: How to Easily Prepare a Bunch of Slow Cooker Recipes in Advance to Save Tons of Money

Recently, I’ve made a few mentions of the fact that Sarah and I (honestly, mostly Sarah, as she has really jumped on board with this concept since spending an evening with a friend of hers doing this) have been preparing meals for the freezer with the intent of actually cooking them in the slow cooker on the day we intend to eat them. The Basics of Freezer Slow Cooker Meals Here’s the basic proces […]

Is Uber Financing a Bad Idea?

Uber offers financing to its drivers, but don’t assume it’s a good deal. Make sure you know what’s in the bag before you buy into it. […]