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Joanna Crain

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Romantic Cheap Staycation Ideas

Ideas for a Romantic and Cheap Staycation

In this crazy busy world, every couple needs some time away from the kids, pets, mortgage, and boss to get reacquainted and focus on their relationship. We may see our spouse every day and...
Marry Because Money

Would You Marry for Money?

"Looks and love are fleeting, but money can make up for the loss," was a mantra I heard starting at a very young age from a close relative. She had successfully married a very...
Live Stylishly Tight Budget

How To Live Stylishly on a Tight Budget

I initially titled this post "Live Stylishly Within Your Means," but upon further investigation, I found that little phrase had no less than 267,000 search returns in Google. So I went with a title...
Teach Daughter About Money

What I Wish I Had Taught My Daughter About Money

My oldest daughter had many milestones this year. She got her drivers license, got her first car, got her first job and turned 18 just this week. Besides being a festive day full of...
Tightward Conservative Person

Are You a Tightwad or Just Conservative?

According to Merriam-Webster, the word "tightwad" means "a close or miserly person." Let's take that a step further: "miserly" means "of, relating to or characteristic of a miser; marked by grasping meanness and penuriousness."...
Have Money Talk Upon Engagement

Have The Money Talk When You Get Engaged

Congratulations! Depending on your situation, you either popped the question or accepted a proposal, either way now you're engaged. While this is very exciting and you surely have a bright future ahead, you may...
20s Women Financial Goals

5 Financial Goals Women Should Set in Their 20s

Being financially illiterate isn't cute or feminine. Many women in the past got away with passing all financial responsibilities on to their husbands, but in this day and age, with more of us not...
Dress Like Million Bucks

Dress Like a Million Bucks without Breaking the Bank

You see her every day, the woman at the office or on the street who's dressed to the nines and looks fabulous. Appearances will lead you to believe she must spend a small fortune...
Physically Fit Without Killing Budget

Get Physically Fit without Killing Your Budget

Gym memberships can cost over $1,000 a year. Add a personal trainer to that and you are spending thousands to get fit and stay that way. Granted, being physically fit is extremely important, but...
Creating Couples Unified Budget

Five Steps to Creating a Unified Budget for Couples

It is hard enough to create and stick to a budget on your own. Add another person to the mix and you have some major work ahead of you. Many couples have actually broken...

Shoo, Jimmy Choo! The Modern Girl’s Guide to Spending Less & Saving More

"How did a cute, employed girl like yourself end up having to hock her skinny jeans on eBay just to pay the rent?" This is the perennial question in Catey Hill's financial guide for...