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    As we close out 2011, it's time to consider plans for your New Year's celebration. Traditional festivities include social gatherings, dancing, eating, drinking, and watching the ball drop with family and/or friends. In preparing this post, I was initially going to write an article with recommendations...
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    In all honesty, taking a moment to review the past 12 months seems like a chore. Why, you may ask? Being a child that grew up in the 90's and a young adult who is now living through the 21 st century's technological advances would suffice as an adequate answer. Who would've thought that you could request...
  • Blog Post: 3 Important Lessons Which I Have Learned

    From the moment I graduated back in May 2010 I've spent a great deal of time speaking with those older than myself. Wiser, more experienced individuals you could say. Early on in my collegiate career I realized that there are many people out there in the world who we can all learn from. Whether it is...
  • Blog Post: Feast with the Pilgrims – Reasons to be Thankful

    Each year there are routine events which take place, leading up to Thanksgiving. The leaves change colors, the weather gets colder, and the first three Thursdays of November pass us by. And then, on the fourth Thursday, it's Thanksgiving! As a holiday where our focus is on turkey, gravy, and stuffing...
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    With the change of seasons, now is the time to plan the perfect Halloween party. Keeping this party budget-friendly can be difficult, but will pay off when the rest of the holidays round the corner. Having been a party host in the past, I can relay some tips that I've learned to help you manage your...
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    Welcome to fall! It is time to pull out your sweaters, find your Halloween costumes and begin planning that epic Thanksgiving meal. This is also the season of holiday shopping. There is no other time of year where sticking to your budget is more important, but so many of us chicken out and abandon our...
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    In my July post, 4 th of July Fireworks - Explosion! How Has Your Year Been? , I discussed the celebration of my own independence. The big move as I relocated from living in Mom's basement to my own apartment. Don't get me wrong, Mom was a great roommate but it had to happen at some point. Sunday, July...
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    You might be able to relate to this post. Actually, I'm almost positive that you will. With my recent transition from college, I'm living on my own, working in my first "real" job, and enjoying my sense of freedom. On top of all this, I have a desire to save money. So, how do you make it happen? Well...
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    If you're a recent college graduate, you may feel that there's room for improvement in your financial situation. This may be your first experience with managing your finances all on your own, so it is smart to think ahead and have a plan. I have been out of school for a year now and have few best practices...
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    The fourth of July is a holiday in America that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. 235 years ago, we declared our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. This day is known to Americans as the 4 th of July, July 4 th , as well as Independence Day . More than six months...
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    Now, I'm not a nutritionist by practice or by degree, but I'm aware that a change in diet can help extend your life. For the average individual, there's always room for improvements to your current diet, and you'll feel a lot better if you move forward with these changes. I personally try to keep a balanced...
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    In the 1600s, William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, which is one of the most well-known plays in today's society. Hamlet includes a very famous quote in literature, which is recognized throughout the world - "to be or not to be; that is the question." With gas prices on the rise (locally the average gas...
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    Do you recall some of your birthday gifts as a kid? Did you receive a G.I. Joe action figure, a Hot Wheels car, or a basketball? You may have also gotten a few checks or cash from family members. As a youngster, I thought $50 was such a large amount of money. In all fairness, for a 7-year old it is....
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