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Throw the Best Friendsgiving this Year

  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Holidays

Thanksgiving dinner is often one of the biggest, most stressful meals of the year. And it's a feast you usually enjoy with your family. Friendsgiving, however, is the more casual version of Thanksgiving, which you get to spend with the people you can really have fun and let loose with: your closest friends. This relaxed holiday is all about staying low key, removing stress from your life, and simply hanging out with your favorite people. If you want to host one of these get-togethers and you're not sure where to start, these tips will help.
 

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Things You Should Always Buy New

  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Educational

From garage sales and second hand stores to online auctions, shopping for used items is a great way to save money. However, not all things are created equally when it comes to buying used vs. new. As a matter of fact, if you're in the market for any of the following items, it may be better to opt for new. Consider safety tips for the items in question and don't forget that you could always score a sweet personal loan if need be. 

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Why You Should Thrift Shop for Your DIY Halloween Costume

  • "Save Money"
  • Holidays

Halloween is right around the corner, and with this spooky time of year come cobwebs, creepy crawlers, classic horror tales and all of the magic of the holiday. Some of us live for the fear factor this season brings. Others are all about having the most inventive costume. If you fall into the latter camp, there's still time for you to put together a fun and creative DIY Halloween costume that won’t break the bank. In fact, your local thrift store is a convenient and cost-effective resource for gathering what you need for that quick and easy Frankenstein or Dracula getup.

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Delicious Eats in New Mexico

  • "New Mexico"
  • Vacation
  • Travel

Chiles, blue corn, and chicharrones, oh my! New Mexico's signature cuisine centers around vibrant, classic ingredients like these. For those in the know, the ingredients and recipes are held to almost sacred standards, ensuring that, when you sit down for lunch or dinner here, you won't be eating the same old Tex-Mex cuisine you'll find elsewhere in the Southwest.

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Personal Loans – FAQ

  • Loans
  • Finance

Millions of people rely on personal loans to pay unexpected expenses or make large yet necessary purchases. They're appealing because they typically have lower interest rates than credit cards, and simple monthly payments. Of course, personal loans are just one of the many financial options available to you when you need money. Get more info on personal loans and find out if they're right for you.

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Things That Need to Be Replaced ASAP

  • "Home and Auto Repairs"
  • Educational

Wear and tear are common in all things, and it's easy to overlook or ignore minor issues. Forgetting about that watch battery replacement, procrastinating the leaky faucet or putting off appliance repairs – we've all been there. However, when left unchecked, certain small problems can become serious, and may end up costing more to fix, so it's worth dealing with them sooner rather than later. Knowing when to replace a windshield and how to replace a car battery goes a long way to helping spot problems early and remedy them quickly. That's why we've rounded up these four everyday items that you may need to replace ASAP.

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Owing Your Own Property

  • "Home and Auto Repairs"
  • Educational

There's a lot to love about owning your own property, but there are also a few important things to consider before committing to the purchase. No matter if you're a first time home buyer or a seasoned real estate pro, the process is usually the same. Buying new homes typically starts with looking at options, checking your credit, and testing out house prices in a mortgage calculator to see monthly payments. Beyond that, be sure to look into other important costs and responsibilities. Don’t worry, we’ve listed them out for you.

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Rent and How to Deal With It

  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Educational

Moving out of your parents' home or living on your own for the first time and renting an apartment is a major step. It's one of the many milestones in becoming an adult. Paying rent can be a huge bill though, and it's important that you're prepared to take on that financial responsibility. It's equally important to have a solid budget plan in place and recourse if you find yourself in need of help paying rent. From figuring out what you can afford to how to pay rent with a credit card, we've got the details you need to know to avoid any unexpected challenges.

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Best Places to Go Swimming in New Mexico

  • "New Mexico"
  • Vacation
  • Travel

New Mexico is known for its hot, dry summers, and temperatures that regularly top out in the 90s. It's enough to send you searching for "swimming pools near me." But when you're looking for a place to cool off, there's no better place than one of the many lakes, natural pools, and swimming holes scattered throughout the state. Check out these list New Mexico state parks and natural swimming pools for a place to chill out.

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Trips You Can Take on a Tank of Gas in Illinois

  • Illinois
  • "Save Money"
  • Vacation
  • Travel

Need to get out of the house and take a day trip? You have more places you can get to on a tank of gas than you think. And they are all here in Illinois! Pile your family or friends into the car and take off. In just a few hours — and for not a lot of money — you can travel far enough away from home to experience a real holiday. From the great outdoors to an ancient Native American city and cute, small town getaways, there's plenty to see and do.

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