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22 POSTS 0 COMMENTSA 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.
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...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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,...
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.
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...
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.
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....
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.
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.
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