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Marisa Bell-Metereau

A grant writer and personal finance fanatic, Marisa is an avid traveler who lives in Pittsburgh, PA. When she’s not reading or writing for work or play, she enjoys running, thrifting, and searching for the most authentic Mexican food in the city.
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Best Travel Apps to Track, Save & Protect Money on the Road

When traveling away from home, several common money problems can cause headaches and spoil your fun. Thankfully, there are a variety of apps that can help with everything from Internet security to splitting up bills. Which apps do you need before you head out for your next vacation? Find out here.
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Is Graduate School Worth the Cost of the Degree?

With the amount of student loan debt in the United States inching past $1.5 trillion, there’s good reason to think twice about borrowing money in pursuit of more education. If you’re thinking about graduate school, consider these factors first.
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Diderot Effect – Psychology of Buying Unnecessary Things & How to Avoid

Have you ever bought something new that suddenly made your other possessions seem shabby in comparison? There’s a name for this phenomenon — the Diderot effect — and it can drive us into a costly cycle of consumption. Read on to learn about the Diderot effect and how to avoid its grasp.
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11 Best Hotel Booking Apps of 2021 – Get Cheap Deals on Rooms

You have more choices than ever when it comes to booking hotels. Whether you’re hunting for the best hotel deal to save money on your vacation, or you like racking up loyalty points you can trade in for free nights and other perks, check out these hotel booking apps.
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Multilevel Marketing (MLM) vs. Pyramid Scheme – Red Flags to Watch For

Tell me if this sounds familiar: An acquaintance from high school reaches out on Facebook to let you know about a great opportunity she wants to share. A casual acquaintance from church suddenly emails...
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10 Things You Can Negotiate in a New Job Offer (Besides Just Salary)

Most of us know that we should negotiate a starting salary for a new job. But what if your potential employer can't quite reach your goal salary? And what about perks that might be more...
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9 Reasons Why Your Budget Is Failing and How to Fix It

Is it impossible for you to budget? Does the word "budget" give you a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach? If the answer’s yes, you’re not alone. But if you think you’re just bad at budgeting, think again. Most budgets fail for a reason. Which one is it for you?
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8 Reusable Kitchen Alternatives to Save Money & the Environment

Disposable products aren’t just bad for the environment. They’re not so great for your bottom line either — and some may be hazardous to your health. Fortunately, there are dozens of reusable, environmentally friendly, and inexpensive kitchen products you can use instead.
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How to Practice Self-Care on a Budget – 7 Types & Rituals

Our modern lives are hectic and stressful, and it’s easy to burn out. Enter: self-care. You don’t need pricey splurges like spa treatments or professional massages to boost your physical, mental, and emotional health. Check out these ways to enjoy some self-care that are low-cost or even free.
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How to Prepare to Work From Home in a Telecommuting Job or Business

Across a variety of industries and jobs, more people than ever are telecommuting, often working from the comfort of home. If you’re taking the plunge into remote work — whether part or full time, as an employee or freelancer — setting yourself up for success just requires a little planning and preparation.
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How Instagram Influencers Are Making You Overspend and How to Resist

While our real-life friends may not give us immediate opportunities to purchase the products they share with us, some of our online “friends” do. If you’re on Instagram, it’s likely that some of the people you follow are constantly showing you new products to buy and a lifestyle to aspire to. Instagram has a whopping one billion active monthly users worldwide and growing. It's easier than ever to fall into the trap of keeping up, and overspending as a result. Here's how you can avoid that.
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How to Use a Digital Detox to Reset Your Spending & Save Money

Could you go an entire day without using your smartphone? What about a whole weekend? Do you remember what you did with your spare time before you had your phone attached to your hand...