Visiting New York City When You Have No Idea What It Will Cost

Visiting New York City When You Have No Idea What It Will Cost

Traveling has its unexpected costs. And when you’re traveling to a more expensive part of the country or world than you’re used to, it’s hard to estimate how much your trip will cost you.

Truth be told: You can only account for so much. You may have no clue about what a trip to New York City or Los Angeles might cost, but there are ways you can keep expenses low while still crossing a big trip off of your bucket list!

To be prepared:

  • Save up what you can before the trip
  • Watch your spending carefully during the trip
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Cheap Rent in Your 20’s: Holding On For All It's Worth

Cheap Rent in Your 20’s: Holding On For All It's Worth

Core expenses are where you have the greatest opportunity to save.

When you're aware of your core expenses — like housing, car payments, groceries — and do your best to keep them low, you have more control over your budget.

Once those expenses go up, it’s hard to get that margin back in your budget. (And that's called "Lifestyle inflation." It's a real thing.)

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How to Host (and Rock!) Your First Clothing Swap

How to Host (and Rock!) Your First Clothing Swap
Clothing swaps are my favorite way to "shop."

In short, a clothing swap is just that — people swapping clothes.
 
A handful of friends gather, bringing clothes they don’t wear anymore, then they swap them for new clothes from other friends.

Swap, swap and you’ve got yourself a refreshed wardrobe. For free.

Perks of a Clothing Swap

  • You get to clean out your closet, getting rid of clothes you never wear.
  • You get to swap old clothes for different clothes — for free. 
  • You don’t have to go to the mall (or risk it with online shopping).
  • Your old clothes get a new home.
  • You get unhurried time with friends — old, new or friends of friends. 
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How To Use Mint To Manage Your Budget Better

How To Use Mint To Manage Your Budget Better

In May 2010, I began a pretty serious relationship with Mint.com. It was love at first “sync.”

Mint and I have stuck it out through our fair share of ups-and-downs. We've been together through college, part-time jobs, studying abroad, paying back student loans and more.

With so many features, I have customized Mint to fit my specific financial needs at specific life stages. It is a powerful tool for setting a budget, monitoring spending, categorizing expenses and accurately portraying money habits.

In short, Mint is my favorite. And I want Mint to be your favorite, too.

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