5 Tricks to Keep Moving Day Running Smooth

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You found a great apartment or condo, the lease has been signed and in a few days, you’ll be moving into your new place. Moving to a new home is exciting, but packing is among the most dreaded tasks in the history of the world (there is no research to support this, but it’s probably true). Luckily, with a few handy moving hacks and the proper equipment, it’s possible to make it through moving day with all of your stuff … Read More

Card Confusion: Is Debit, Credit or Prepaid Right for You?

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Plastic money has now become an essential fixture in your wallet. But are all cards created equally? From bank-issued debit cards and point-earning credit cards to prepaid cash cards, navigating the many available options can be enough to make your head spin if you aren’t well-versed in finance jargon. Here’s the lowdown on each type of card in plain old English to make it a little easier for you to decide which type of card is best for you. Debit Card A … Read More

9 Ways to Slash the Cost of Your Holiday Road Trip

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Money’s tight and the bills continue to roll in, but it’s essential that you travel to be with your loved ones this holiday season. No need to fork over a large sum of cash on airfare if a road trip is an option; an extended road trip will get the job done at a fraction of the cost. Here are some money-saving tips to get you started: 1. Plan Ahead When looking to hit the road for an extended period … Read More

Trashion Fashion Makes It Fashionable To Wear Trash

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It’s finally happened. It’s now fashionable to wear trash. My initial introduction to fashion from trash was volunteering with the TEDxABQ event and working with all the speakers as they prepared to go on stage. That’s when I met Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway, an amazing artist, and environmental educator who creates evocative couture fashion from trash to inspire people to look at garbage with new eyes. Nancy’s installed traveling exhibitions of her Recycle Runway Collection exist in museums, shopping … Read More

Why Pharrell Williams Finds Happiness In Used Plastic Bottles

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Remember in the movie, The Graduate… “I just want to say one word to you: Plastics”. When Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) was given that advice for the future, he probably wasn’t thinking about the 60 million used plastic bottles filling up landfills daily or the billions of pounds of plastic floating in the oceans. But then Ben probably wasn’t anticipating the infamous Mrs. Robinson either. However, like every problem in the past, there are brilliant, conscious and energetic people who start … Read More

How To Shrink Overpriced Utility Bills

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Your utility bills do not follow the same rules as your other bills. Most payments do not change because of the season—your car payment is not contingent on the number of miles driven and your mortgage is not a function of the hours spent at home. Sudden spikes in already overpriced utility bills, however, can come during peak times of the year, depending on where you live. Luckily, there are ways to keep your electricity bill low during a Miami … Read More

Is There Room In There For Me? Creating New Living Space

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Welcome Back to the Fall and some new stories… << Update >> On The Morning Brew — Judy and Sky Carlisle discuss creating new living space through the repurposing of shipping containers… Video: 8:24 min. Article continues below… For months now I’ve been sharing a number of uplifting, repurposing (upcycling) and recycling stories about a variety of materials or businesses from worm poo to biodigesters, right on to packing material made from mushrooms and Bach music coming from instruments made … Read More

Follow These 4 Tips for Financial Freedom in Retirement

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Americans have grown so accustomed to the grind of working for bi-weekly paychecks that the definition of retirement is no longer what it used to be. A landmark Merrill Lynch study released in June found that 72 percent of Americans age 50 and up said their ideal retirement will include working in some capacity. Granted, the respondents indicated their post-retirement jobs would be “more fulfilling and flexible” than their current jobs. But if these individuals had the means, skill set and financial … Read More

3 Unexpected Reasons Good Credit For Young Adults Is Important

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Approximately 60 percent of adults have not reviewed their credit report in the past 12 months. The 2014 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling also found that 65 percent of adults haven’t even checked their credit score in that same time period. Most college students and young adults simply do not think about the consequences of missing even one due date on credit cards or blowing off the electric bill for party money. Granted, students who … Read More

Summer Review “What Can Nature Teach Us About Money”

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As I watch the kids start going back to school, and the shift from summer to fall begin, I’m reminded of the natural transition of nature, life and seasons.  Nature has a way of pausing, giving us time to reflect on past events and harvests as well as preparing for the next “season” and phase of life.  Now as I reflect on my nine blog articles focusing on “What Can Nature Teach Us About Money” I thought it would be … Read More

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