Buying Glasses With Costco and Warby Parker

Cheap glasses: A review of Warby ParkerI’ve got a unique fashion muse. It’s not Beyoncé or Audrey Hepburn or Alexa Chung.

It’s my boyfriend’s dad.

The man has the coolest glasses. And I’ve been inspired by his round, Harold Lloyd frames for a while now. I decided to steal his look treat myself and shop for a pair of my own.    Continue reading

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Money Saving Grocery Hacks with Marketplace

money saving grocery hacksA few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be a guest on Marketplace Weekend, where I chatted about two of my favorite topics: money and food.

As someone who writes about how to save money, I come across a lot of helpful, money saving grocery hacks. I talked to host Lizzie O’Leary about some of my favorites.

Check out the interview here. Or, listen at 42:00, using the player below. Actually, listen to the whole show; it’s hugely informative. And Joey Slamon’s money story made me cry.

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Make a “Money Regrets” Budget to Get Over Mistakes

Make a money regrets budgetIn an act of desperation last weekend, I spent $20 on parking.

On my way to a work-related thing, I was in a rush, stressed by traffic, and not thinking clearly. I said, “eh, what the hell,” and pulled into a parking garage that I knew was going to be ridiculously expensive. To add insult to injury, there was parking across the street for half the price.

It hurt a little.

But I added the $10 difference into my “money regrets” budget. I got the idea for this when I came across an interesting money saving suggestion from author Ramit Sethi:   Continue reading

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Start Investing With Your Spare Change

Start investing with your spare changeSo you like the idea of investing, but you have no idea where to start, and you don’t have much money to begin with. It’s tempting to say, screw it, and let your money sit in a low-interest savings account, where it does nothing for you.

But I recently discovered an app called “Acorns,” and I love the idea of it. It lets you take advantage of market returns when you don’t have much to invest with. In fact, all you need to start investing is your spare change.

How It Works

Remember Bank of America’s “Keep the Change” program, which let you save money by rounding up your purchases? Acorns is a lot like that, only for investing. Download their app, link your bank accounts and cards, and every time you spend money, Acorns will give you the option of investing the change to the nearest dollar.

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Prepare Your Budget for the Holidays [Video]

How to prepare your holiday budgetIt’s hot. It’s sticky. There are no silver bells. Tree tops are not glistening. It’s not lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with anyone, anywhere. At least where I’m at, it’s way too soon to get in the holiday spirit.

Still, there’s a big reason to start thinking about that time of year right now:

Holiday overspending.

Yep, it’s time to think about your holiday budget. Most of us don’t start planning until the end of the year, when lines are long, prices are marked up and impulsive spending runs amok. In fact, many people go into debt because they don’t have a proper holiday budget. When I interviewed a consumer expert on this topic last November, this is what he told me:   Continue reading

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