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Ellen Gans

Ellen Hunter Gans is a full-time writer who loves highbrow books, lowbrow TV, late afternoon sunshine, Oxford commas, adding to her "countries visited" list, and the three Cs: cabernet, coffee, and carbohydrates. She's also a fifteen-time marathon finisher and Ironman triathlete. Ellen lives with her awesome husband and adorable son.
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Visiting London on a Budget – Accommodations, Transportation & Things to Do

English writer and critic Samuel Johnson famously said, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Of course, to experience all that...
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Real Costs of Buying & Owning a Home – Can You Afford It?

In middle-class America, home ownership is one of the most significant rites of passage to adulthood. There are plenty of perks to owning a home, but there are also a sizable number of scary...
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6 Ways to Shop Smart & Save on Personal Care & Beauty Products

Wandering the health and beauty aisles of a big box retailer in search of the perfect product can be a daunting task. You're faced with hundreds of carefully branded lotions and potions, with prices ranging...
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11 Homemade Natural Cleaning Products – DIY Recipes & Uses

The household cleaning aisle at your local big box retailer can be a dizzying place - and not just because of the overwhelming number of options. The cost of housecleaning products is equally as...
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21 Ideas to Repurpose Everyday Items to Solve Common Household Problems

For every minor household dilemma, it seems like there are numerous expensive products offering a solution. Perhaps you've been invaded by ants or fruit flies, or maybe all the stuffing has bunched up in...
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5 Ways to Save on Costs for Your Growing Toddler: Toys, Food & Clothes

If you're lucky enough to be thrown one, baby showers represent an incredible way for cash-strapped parents to stock up on everything that a new arrival needs. Many showers produce an overwhelming amount of...
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What Is Organic Food – Definition, Benefits & Cost Analysis

The organic food market has experienced unprecedented growth over the last several years, and today the U.S. market tops $39 billion per year, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA). The OTA has also...
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How Celebrity Athletes, Actors & Musicians Go Broke – When Fames Doesn’t Equal Riches

When Grammy award-winning rapper Curtis James Jackson III - also known as 50 Cent - filed for bankruptcy, it left a lot of people scratching their heads. 50 Cent, one of the world's bestselling rappers,...
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Staycation Ideas – How to Plan a Low-Cost Vacation Near Home

I love road trips and travel as much as the next person. However, as anyone who has taken a trip knows, it's common to return from a vacation feeling worn out. This is the...
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10 Ways to Get Cheap Vacation Deals and Save on Travel

It's official: Americans have the travel bug. According to the U.S. Travel Association (USTA), Americans logged 1.7 billion "person trips" for the primary purpose of leisure in 2014. The USTA defines a person trip as...
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Is Graduate School Worth It? – Determining Whether to Get a Master’s Degree

Whether you're coming to the end of college or you're a mid-career professional dreaming of a new path, you may be considering attending graduate school. Before gathering your letters of recommendation and sending in...
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9 Things New Parents Should Wait to Buy for a Newborn Baby

Registering for or purchasing baby supplies may be one of the most intimidating jobs for a parent-to-be. There's a seemingly endless array of brands and styles, and a quick search on Pinterest or Etsy...