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Marisa Bell-Metereau

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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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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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11 Green Alternatives to Disposable Beauty Products

A good green beauty routine includes reducing your plastic use to the bare minimum. Zero Waste Week, a U.K.-based organization, estimates the cosmetics industry produces over 120 billion units of packaging, including plastic wrapping, cases,...
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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...
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Working for a Nonprofit Organization – Types, Jobs, Pros & Cons

If spending your days helping people or working for a cause you feel passionately about sounds like your dream job, then working for a nonprofit might be the best career path for you. However, depending on the organization and your role there, they can also pay less than a similar job in the private sector, and some may be understaffed and underfunded. If you’re considering working for a not-for-profit organization, here’s a detailed look at the benefits and drawbacks to consider.
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6 Best Ways to Send or Transfer Money Internationally With Less Fees

People send money overseas for many reasons. According to data from the World Bank, migrants living in the U.S. sent an estimated $625 billion to friends and family members in their home countries in 2017 alone....
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16 Camping Gear Essentials – Checklist of Outdoor Supplies & Equipment You Need

Make sure your next camping trip doesn’t go awry by knowing exactly what you’ll need for your pre-camping checklist. Here’s a comprehensive list of the essentials you need, from survival gear to sleeping bags and eating utensils. Use this checklist to prepare efficiently for your next outdoor adventure.
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Planned Obsolescence: How to Resist This Sneaky Tech Manufacturing Tactic

An industry term used by marketers and manufacturers, planned obsolescence is the practice of making a product out-of-date or archaic within a specific period. It’s done by introducing a newer, “better,” or more fashionable version, or by intentionally designing the product to break and become useless quickly. Planned obsolescence spurs consumer demand and ensures future sales. You can avoid this sneaky tactic by using smart strategies.