Paige DiFiore is the former Editorial Assistant at Credit.com and a Journalism student at Marist College and the blogger behind eyelinerwingsandprettythings.com. She loves soft kittens, sharp wit and even sharper eyeliner wings.
Food is best served with a side of savings and restaurants with apps (that’s applications, not appetizers) that make it even easier to spend less. If you’re planning to order in, eat out or grab a quick bite, you might as well be rewarded for it. Even if you’re on a budget, there are a... Read More
This summer there’s some good news. June foreclosure activity has dropped to its lowest level since November 2015. In June 2017, there were a total of 73,828 U.S. properties with a foreclosure filing, down 22% from a year ago and even more from previous years. This is all according to ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of... Read More
You don’t need a ring on your finger to know that weddings are expensive. In fact, according to The Knot, the average wedding costs around $32,641. Honeymoons can often be put on the back burner when it comes to wedding expenses, because most dreamy tropical islands and European cities aren’t cheap. But with some careful... Read More
Most people will agree that pets are worth the cost, but a new member of the family doesn’t have to lead to a lot of debt. A lot of people treat their pets like children. Like kids, pets can be expensive. Feeding your pet is a necessary cost, so you might as well save on... Read More
There’s a tiny chance of winning the lottery, but that doesn’t stop Americans from buying tickets. This past year, income from state lotteries was a combined $66.8 billion. LendEDU, a student loan marketplace, conducted a study that looked at states that spent the most on lottery tickets. The study consisted of 43 states. The seven... Read More
The only thing nicer than enjoying buttery popcorn and a new film is doing so while saving money. Movie theater concessions are infamously pricey, which is why most of us have fond memories of trying to see how many bags of chips and bottles of soda we could smuggle into the theater in our purses and pockets.... Read More
There are few things as satisfying and dangerous as online shopping. When you’re not swiping your card or handing over cash, it’s easy to overspend and forget that online shopping is still shopping. While there isn’t a Google Chrome extension to pry the computer mouse out of my hand while I browse the Sephora website,... Read More
The sun is shining, watermelon is officially in season and the park nearby is simply begging for a picnic to be had. Picnics are a simple and affordable way to bring people together and have fun in the sun, but like most things in life, the cost can add up if you don’t plan carefully. Avoid... Read More
If you’re dreaming of a vacation home but also have a budget to manage, there’s some great news for you. Throughout the U.S., there are plenty of places where a vacation home can be accessible and budget friendly. If you can afford it, these locations are definitely worth looking into for a summer vacation home. Remember,... Read More
With staggering student loans, fewer affordable starter homes and lower earnings than the previous generation, young adults own fewer homes than ever. Considering the reputation millennials have in the media for poor financial skills — avocado toast, anyone? — it’s no surprise the millennial generation is very slowly entering the home buying market. Although millennials are... Read More
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