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Halloween expenses shouldn’t be scary

Kimberley Carmona

Don’t let Halloween haunt your bank account. From pumpkin carving to haunted houses, there are plenty of Halloween festivities for people to enjoy, but beware the prices. For example, when I was a sophomore in college, I was searching for…
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Emily’s list: Scary debt edition

Emily Crone

Do you have debt haunting you this Halloween? I do. It’s (cue the scary organ music) — student loan debt! Eek!

Don’t run away in panic, though. Keep on reading to learn more and explore my 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week.
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Emily’s list: Costa Rica and no ATMs edition

Emily Crone

This weekend, I’m traveling to Costa Rica for the first time. I’ll be hanging out in Tamarindo for a few days, then doing a much-needed retreat at Peace Retreat in Playa Negra. It’s a tiny little town on the Pacific Coast. It sounds like a very peaceful and relaxing place. I was reading the retreat’s website for details of what to bring, and I read that there are no ATMs in the town. You have to go to Tamarindo (which is nearby) if you need to get cash.

I’ve done a lot of traveling, but I don’t know if I’ve ever gone anywhere (perhaps other than a volunteer trip to the slums of Mexico) that doesn’t have ATMs. I’m not sure if any of the local merchants accept credit cards. I’m going to have to hope that I bring the right amount of cash.

My first thought was that this was a major inconvenience. Internet may be spotty, too. But you know what? I’m realizing that it might actually be nice to unplug. Being in a small beach town is exactly what I need right now to unwind, and if that comes with no ATMs, minimal cell phone service, and spotty WiFi, I’ll take it. I wouldn’t want every day to be that way, but a simpler life will be nice for a week.

Keep reading for my roundup of my 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week. Enjoy!

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Emily’s list: Halloween edition

Emily Crone

BOO! It’s Halloween, and that means it’s time to get scared. But are your bank accounts and credit card statements frightening you instead of haunted houses and horror movies? Read these posts from the best of the personal blogosphere to help you face your financial fears.
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For Halloween, dress yourself in plastic

Jeremy Simon

At least it offers a break from the ever-present “I’m a sexy (nurse, maid, astrophysicist, etc.)” costume, but when it comes to gender roles and women’s Halloween get-ups, this credit card outfit might not be much better:
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