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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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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An industry term used by marketers and manufacturers, planned obsolescence is the practice of making a product out-of-date or archaic within a specific period.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.
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10 Cheap Hotel Room Alternatives to Consider When Traveling

Every savvy traveler knows that behind airfare, lodging is often the biggest expense when you're planning a trip. The good news is that if you're traveling on a budget, there are many great alternatives...
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9 Tips to Keep Running Affordable When You’re on a Tight Budget

Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise, with its low barrier to entry and myriad health benefits. But when you factor in all the expensive accessories, training plans, and high-dollar fitness challenges...
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The Endowment Effect – What It Is and How It Can Sabotage Your Budget

Have you ever been reluctant to let go of something you knew you didn't need, just because you paid good money for it and don't want to give it away for free? Do you...
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10 Best Places to Visit in South America – Inexpensive Travel Destinations

From dazzling beaches to breathtaking mountains, South America is full of things to see and do. It's also full of inexpensive destinations that will knock your socks off. Whether your interests include hiking through...
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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Negotiate on Price

Most people know you shouldn't pay the sticker price on a car and that it's important to negotiate a job offer, but there are plenty of other things you can haggle for that you...
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15 Free Services & Resources at Your Local Public Library You Should Take Advantage...

We all know the library is a great place to check out free books, but it offers patrons so much more than just something to read. For anyone on a budget, the perks and...
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9 Ways to Save Money & the Environment With a Green Wedding

As anyone who has gotten married or attended a wedding in the last decade can attest, most weddings these days are hardly a quick ceremony followed by a cake-and-punch reception in the parish hall. The...
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KonMari: How Marie Kondo Can Help You Get Organized & Save Money

Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizing guru and author of the book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," is gaining popularity in the United States these days. Inspired by her new Netflix show "Tidying Up...
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8 Products & Services You Shouldn’t Skimp On

There are plenty of articles out there detailing tips and tricks for paying as little as possible, from the getting the best price on appliances to finding the lowest price on airfare. But there are...
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How a Zero Waste Lifestyle Can Save You Money

Could you fit all the trash you generate each year into a single mason jar? Although it might sound impossible, it's a feat attained by regular people across the country who are joining the...