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How to Survive Without a Car

  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Educational

Getting your license and first car was your key to independence. You had the freedom to go wherever you wanted, whenever you wanted. If you're used to having your own transportation, the idea of being without a car — even for a short time — can be daunting. But getting from one place to another without a car is a lot easier than you might think.

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Do You Have Student Loan Debt?

  • Graduation
  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Finance

Congratulations on your graduation! Ready or not, it's time to start repaying your student loans. If you're not sure where to start, read on to learn your options and how to handle repayment during financial hardship.

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How to Get Your Friends off the Couch

  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Educational

Nothing goes together quite like friends and summer, but during those warmer months, it can be difficult to motivate your besties to get up off the couch and do something with you. That's why any activities you suggest must be extra enticing and include all the components of a fun and fabulous summer day. Here are five that even the biggest homebodies can't ignore.

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How to Throw a Frugal Friendsgiving Feast

  • Budget
  • "Save Money"
  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Holidays

Considering most of your friends are also probably trying to be frugal, have them chip in! This can mean having everyone bring a different side dish for Thanksgiving dinner, or it can mean you put together a money pool and have one person do all of the shopping. It can also just be a BYOB event, since alcohol can quickly become the most expensive part of your Friendsgiving. No matter what you choose, everyone will save money in the long run if everyone contributes. 

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Preparing your Budget for the Holidays

  • Budget
  • Shopping
  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Holidays

It may seem crazy, but the holidays are already here! For most, it can be a time of overindulging. Whether it is on food, or holiday spending, most of us do it to some degree. While we would rather just focus on family time, good food and singing Christmas carols, the reality is that we stress about gift-giving and all the funds needed for holiday parties. Instead of going into debt this year, save money and stay within your holiday budget by using these tips.

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Traditional Higher Education Alternatives

  • "Apply Now"
  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Educational

The societal pressures of getting a traditional college education are real, but it isn’t your only option. If you think going to a traditional university for your higher education isn’t for you, you are probably right! Avoid potentially wasting your time and save money on student loans, and choose a less traditional route. Not sure what other options you have? Don’t worry, we did some research for you! 

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How to Spend Your Tax Refund Responsibly

  • CreditBox
  • Loans
  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Finance

Getting your tax refund is exciting, especially if you’ve waited a long time to receive it – and you probably already have something in mind that you’d like to buy with it. However, this year, instead of spending your entire tax refund all at once on a pair of new shoes, headphones, or a new computer, consider spending it responsibly. Using your tax refund towards debt or long term goals might be hard right now, but your future self will thank you.

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March Madness: Where to Watch the Tournament in Chicago

  • Illinois
  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Community

One of the most exciting times of the year for sports fans is March Madness, and for good reason. The top 68 teams in men’s college basketball compete for the coveted NCAA Championship. While some of the best college basketball players display their athleticism in the upcoming tournament, cheer them on from a bar stool at a local watch party! Check out our list of the best places to watch March Madness in Chicago this year. 

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March Madness: 10 Fun Facts about the NCAA Tournament

  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Community

One of the biggest events in American sports is right around the corner, March Madness. Aptly named, March Madness is one of the most unpredictable and intense sporting events. Out of 68 teams, only one will win the NCAA Championship in men’s college basketball. Before the madness begins, check out these little-known facts about the tournament. 

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4 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on a Budget

  • Budget
  • Illinois
  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Holidays

Break out your green and gold – St. Patrick’s Day is almost here. On March 17th, you can celebrate in style even if you’re living on a budget. Check out these 4 ways to enjoy this month’s biggest Irish celebration for free or next to free.

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