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Offbeat Attractions To See in Venice

Comprising an intricate network of 117 islands and characterized by its beautiful waterways, Venice is considered a must-see by many culture vultures. This does mean that the city can get a little crowded and if you’re not careful, it’s easy to bust your budget at this Italian destination. However, with a little imagination and some inside knowledge, you can see a host of offbeat, authentic attractions while spending next to no money on your vacation to Venice. Here are just a few examples of … Read More...

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Buy Experiences, Not Things

Every once in awhile I like to look back at my old (handwritten) journals. It's a trip down memory lane. I would write about the people I was hanging out with, whom I've now lost touch with (or am a distant friend on Facebook), men boys I pined over who had no interest in me, my never ending love for all things Pearl Jam, and complaining about lack of money. The funny part is, I always had a decent full time job! If I were to transport myself back and time and look around, I'd see all the … Read More...

Thinking about becoming a freelancer, or maybe you're looking for advice as a new freelancer? I'm giving you some valuable lessons that I have learned over the years as a freelancer video producer and editor. First up: Value Yourself!

Freelancing Lessons: You’re Worth It!

About a month ago I was approached by a potential client to see if I could edit a series of videos for them.  I got some details and worked on a proposal, and gave them what I thought was a fair estimate. They rejected my proposal immediately, and gave me no option to negotiate. I emailed back and asked them what their ballpark figure was, and was surprised, but yet not surprised, at what they were were willing to pay (which wasn't much). In all fairness to them, it's not uncommon for people … Read More...

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Budgitude (Budget Attitude): Abundance

  I made up a new name for what I hope will be an ongoing series on this blog. "Budgitude" is my budget attitude, and how I perceive my budget. Either from a positive or negative state of mind. Guess which one I prefer? Each chapter will have a theme, and this week my theme is abundance! You see I'm trying this, "think rich" kind of mentality. I think it was Stefanie who left a comment on Kira's piece on the Law of Attraction how any time money comes into her life (no matter what … Read More...

How a Friend Helped Me Save $20,000

How a Friend Helped Me Save $20,000

The following is a guest post from Joseph Hogue from the personal finance blog, PeerFinance101.com. Enjoy!  Approaching 40 years old and I am proud of the financial decisions I’ve made. I’m not in that fabled 1% but I do alright. But it wasn’t always that way. In fact, in my early 20s I was a financial disaster. It wasn’t for lack of work. I worked two, sometimes even three jobs and saved as much as I could but I was sabotaging myself and didn’t even know it. That was before a friend … Read More...

Find out how one NY actress is making it on and off Broadway in my Cool Careers segment!

Big Apple Dreams: Life On & Off Broadway

Today's cool careers segment highlights someone many of you already know in the personal finance world: Stefanie O'Connell. Aside from having a really great personal finance blog called, The Broke & Beautiful Life, Stefanie is also a musical theater actress trying to make it in one of the toughest cities in the world: New York. What I've always admired about people like Stefanie, who are in such a tough and often unforgiving industry, is the drive one must have in order to continue pursuing … Read More...

Trying to do it all and be perfect in every way? Here's some good and bad news for you…it's not possible! Why you need to ditch perfection!

Ditching Perfectionism!

For the last month there have been a lot of posts on cutting your grocery budget…or eating super duper healthy/organic/free range, etc., on very little money. While I absolutely do not deny it's possible, so many times my reaction to those blogs was met with some resistance, and I almost planned to write some kind of rebuttal called, "Defending My Grocery Budget," or something along those lines. Rarrrr! :) But I try never to write in any kind of defensive mode, because there is always much … Read More...