Tag Archives: finances

Emily’s list: Viva Las Vegas edition

Emily Crone

Last weekend, I went to Las Vegas for the first time and learned what a money pit the city can be. Learn more about my trip and explore my roundup of my favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week!
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Emily’s list: Holiday procrastination edition

Emily Crone

Holy moly, the holidays are almost here. Hanukkah starts on Tuesday evening, and Christmas is in just over a week away. With a gift list that includes my husband, parents, step-parents, siblings, in-laws, and a few special colleagues, I’m definitely feeling the pinch.

If you are one of those many people who has been procrastinating holiday shopping, whether you’re too busy or are avoiding spending the money, here are several easy ways to get affordable holiday presents. Plus, read my roundup of my 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from this past week.

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Emily’s list: Debt and depression edition

Emily Crone

On August 15, the husband of a star on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” was found dead from suicide. It turns out that he had filed for bankruptcy, was involved in several financial scandals and was facing many legal issues, including ones relating to domestic abuse. He and his wife were in the process of divorcing.

A day later, one of his friends and colleagues was also found dead from suicide. It is being reported that both were members of a “high-net-worth investors” club. Of course nobody will ever know what led these men to end their lives, but evidence shows that they were both were having major financial issues that may have contributed to their decision to end their lives.

I wrote an article on CreditCards.com in September 2008 about the link between debt and depression, and even suicide. No matter how upset or depressed you are with your financial situation, there is always a way for things to get better.

Read on for my list of 10 of the best personal finance blog posts published in the past week!

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Emily’s list: Debt-free honeymoon edition

Emily Crone

As you’re reading this, I’m probably on a plane from Austin to Seattle for my delayed honeymoon. We will also go to Vancouver for three nights and Whistler for one night. The wedding was in March, but we’re just now getting the chance to get away.

I’ve heard and read horror stories of couples who go into major debt for their honeymoon and later regret it. That’s no way to start off a marriage! While I will be using a credit card for most purchases, we’re determined to go in and out of the honeymoon without debt, so I will be paying off the balance immediately after returning. We received some, but not a lot, of money in wedding gifts. That is helping with a big chunk of it. But here are some of the many other ways we plan to save. Plus, read about 10 of my favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week, many of which have great advice about saving money and preventing debt.

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Learning to cook for cash

I never thought that learning what saute meant and how to do it would keep both me and my wallet from going hungry.

When paying my most recent credit card bills, I happily discovered I saved $30 in the past month alone by preparing a majority of meals at home rather than eating out. At this rate, I stand to save $360 per year if I keep clear of restaurants and continue to cook.

Maybe because of the $100,000 albatross (law school loans) I am about to hang from my neck, in the past month I’ve decided to try out thriftiness. And you know, I’m kind of liking it. Here’s how it’s going.

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