Current Affairs

Potential FICO Score Changes That May Affect Your Credit

April 28, 2015

Hey Frugs! Your FICO score determines whether you are allowed to roam the earth for free. Just jokes. Kinda. Your FICO score is a big deal, and that’s why I run posts on how to clean up your credit. It determines your credit score. The higher the score the better. High scores allow you access […]

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Watch Natalie on The Dr. Oz Show, Tuesday (4/28)

April 27, 2015

Hey Frugs! I’ve been sitting on this info for a while! I shot a segment on The Dr. Oz Show, and it will air on Tuesday. Check your local listings for the time. I had a ball giving out some frugal and fab tips on the show, and Dr. Oz and his staff were super […]

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August 8, 2014

Yay! I was really excited when personal finance software site,, asked to interview me. If you’ve read for a while, you would know how serious is about helping people keep their finances in check. I hope you get to check out the interview and show a little love. Helping people learn how […]

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Happy Affordable Care Act Availability Day

October 1, 2013

So, I was a big fan of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and wrote about it here at I figured we could use some good news, given the government shutdown, so I decided to name today an unofficial holiday. Happy Affordable Care Act Availability Day! Freelancers, rejoice! Those with pre-existing conditions, […]

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Startups Want to Use Your Facebook As a Credit Score

September 3, 2013

CNN ran an article recently about all of these new start ups using social media profiles and even Pay Pal to determine if you’re worthy of a loan. I’ve written twice before about start ups using your social media profile to determine credit worthiness and how they will become more popular. While I do think […]

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How to Handle Crowdfunding Campaign Requests

June 14, 2013

Hey Frugs! Nowadays, it seems like every person has a project that he or she would like to get funded by YOU. With sites such as Kickstarter, and, it can be a little overwhelming when there always seems to be a new campaign on your Facebook or Twitter feed. With these sites gaining […]

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Ways Men and Women Spend Money Differently

May 7, 2013

Hey Frugs! I wrote a kick-butt article for BuzzFeed, about how men and women spend money differently. In America, we all spend money but how we spend it is often not the same. Some things matter more. What I also found in my research is that women spend a lot more time looking for deals. […]

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Universities Sue Students for Unpaid Loans

March 25, 2013

Eek! This is the worst! Universities, good ones at that, are suing students who don’t repay their student loans. From the Bloomberg article: Yale, Penn and George Washington University have all sued former students over nonpayment, court records show. While no one tracks the number of lawsuits, students defaulted on $964 million in Perkins loans […]

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Should Social Media Be Used to Determine Credit?

February 26, 2013

Hey Frugs! I’ve written before about the finance industry’s push to use social media sites to help determine your credit worthiness. I think this is a personal finance trend that isn’t going to leave anytime soon. The Economist had an extremely telling article on how upstart lending institutions are creating profiles of potential customers. Here […]

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The Mayans Lied, But This Student Loan Help is Real

December 21, 2012

Calling all people with federal student loan debt! Starting today, yes, today, the “Pay as You Earn” program from the Obama administration allows eligible student-loan borrowers to cap you monthly payments at 10 percent of their discretionary income. Also, after 20 years, your student loans can be forgiven. I knew there was a reason that […]

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