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A Survival Guide to Seamlessly Transition Into Fall

As the rest of the country is starting to embrace the changing leaves, brisk evenings, and pumpkin spiced everything, we are still very much so stuck in summer here in Santa Monica, despite the Fall Equinox being this weekend. So while Mother Nature holds onto the final days of the current season with a firm grasp, here are my tips on how you can embrace fall in every way, while staying on budget but also not completely letting go of summer.

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Shannon Hanrahan September 18, 2014

If You Want Something Done Right, DIY- Part 1, Painting

Buying a house is the single biggest purchase most of us will make in our lives. As a former Home Depot associate and certified hardware expert, I wanted to help alleviate some of the financial stress of costly home repairs. To start, let’s look at one of the first renovations on any new homeowners list: Paint.

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Chris Dato September 17, 2014

Save Money While You Sleep

We all know that it is important to conserve energy. Whether you are an environmentally conscious Planeteer who wants to preserve Mother Nature, or you are just a frugal penny-pincher watching your own bottom line, we all understand the importance of developing habits to avoid wasting energy. Here are a few helpful hints to literally cut down your energy bill while you sleep!

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Chris Dato September 16, 2014

Save Dollars on Date Night

In preparation for my girlfriend’s upcoming birthday, I had a lot of relationship responsibilities to take care of. I fancy myself a pretty good boyfriend, so I took on the project with much excitement. After searching for the perfect card and finding just the right gift, I will admit I may have been feeling a bit of boyfriend hubris. That is, until I realized that I was still missing an essential element to a great birthday night… Dinner!

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Chris Dato September 15, 2014

Budget Bubble Bath

All of us deserve a little spa treatment every now and then, but even turning your own bathtub into an afternoon oasis can start to add up. So, how do you melt away your worries without dumping your dollars down the drain? Here are a few tips to help.

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Chris Dato September 11, 2014

Think INSIDE the Box

A hot trend recently is ‘subscription box’ services. These services aim to make your lives easier by delivering some of the necessities right to your home each month. Here are just a few of the subscription box services you need to make sure you are taking advantage of.

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Chris Dato September 09, 2014

Amazon Fire Phone: Now Only $0.99 with Contract

It’s been a sluggish start for the Amazon Fire Phone. Its exclusive release by AT&T on July 25 was met with international media coverage and much anticipation. But, according to Chitika Insights, the Fire Phone had a mere 0.02 percent usage in North America—a number comparable to the Motorola Droid Ultra.

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Noah Henry September 08, 2014