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10 Things to Expect from a Nic Cage Commencement Speech

May 20, 2015 |

Whether your commencement speaker is a prestigious academic, a respected journalist, or a former senator you know what they're gonna say.“Work hard and the world will be an unending buffet of rainbow sprinkles and unicorn cutlets!”

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Why Shopping With Your Mom (Or Daughter) Is a Good Thing

March 28, 2014 |

It used to be that moms couldn’t even be seen in the mall parking lot with their teens, often doing a drop-off a few blocks away. Now, moms and teens are (gasp!) shopping in some of the same stores and even borrowing items from each other’s closets. Gone are the days when prom dress shopping was a nightmare day in which moms protectively guarded their credit cards, refusing to pay for the “dress” the teen insisted was in style and that her other friends were all allowed to wear. Here’s why this prom dress season you may see moms and teens smiling in stores instead. Read More

Graduation Gift Deals and Steals

June 11, 2013 |

We're pretty deep into graduation season, but if you're still looking for a gift for a new grad, here are five ideas! Congratulations to the class of 2013, from where ever you may be graduating.

Sort-A-Sack Personalized Laundry Bag

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My House is Your House? What to Share or Not Share with Your Roommates

July 13, 2012 |

After sharing a house with five-- yes five-- male roommates in college I feel like a bit of an expert on how to live in harmony with others. It taught me about the importance of grace, patience and knocking before entering a room. I also learned that some things are best shared by all, while others should be kept for personal use. Roommates are almost a rite of passage for graduates, whether in college or out in the real world. But what do you split with your roomie? Toilet paper? Milk? Shampoo? Consider these tips for living in harmony with roommates.

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A Guide for Graduates: Creating a Work Wardrobe on a Budget

June 13, 2012 |

Most college grads don't have a wardrobe fit for corporate America. American Eagle sweats and collegiate tees far outnumber blazers and ties. Unfortunately that fancy new degree doesn't come with a new wardrobe. However, thanks to budget-friendly retailers creating a work wardrobe on a dime can be done.

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First Apartment? First Chance to Decorate the Way You Want

June 7, 2012 | 2

For graduates moving from the dorm or college living situation to their first adult abode, it's hard to imagine hauling anything into your new space-- especially not the card table you used in the dining room or the couch your inebriated roommate threw up on. Yet at the same time your new paycheck (although much healthier than the one you received from waiting tables part-time) doesn't seem like enough to cover a swanky new living room set. Before you decide your only option is to finance that furniture for the next ten years, consider these budget-friendly ways to outfit your first apartment.

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Graduation Deals Round Up: Gifts for All Grade Levels

June 5, 2012 |

Graduation season is here! From preschool to grad school, here are some ideas for graduation gifts — and coupons to match! Although these deals are sorted by age, there's plenty of overlap; check out everything to find the perfect fit ... Read More

Frivolous Ways to Spend Your Graduation Money

June 8, 2011 | 2


Besides your wedding day, graduation is one of the few times in life where money shows up regularly in the mailbox. Everyone from grandparents and great aunts to neighbors and youth pastors may be sending you cards full of crisp bills and checks ready to be cashed. If you want to prove that your degree really didn't teach you anything at all here are some of the worst ways to spend your graduation money.

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Frame It! 7 Gifts to Frame for Grads

May 31, 2011 | 3

Looking for a special gift for the high school, college, or even kindergarten graduate in your life? Me too, and since I’m on a tight budget this year and am not much of a do-it-yourselfer, I came up with a great gift idea to get me through. My baby sister is graduating college this year, so I need a gift that is special, has a lot of thought put into it and that she will have and treasure for years to come. Sound like something you’re after? Well, presto! I’ve come up with the frame it gift. But wait, I’ve got more than just one frame it gift idea up my sleeve, in fact, I’ve got 7. Check them out below to see if one will work for you! Read More

Simple Graduation Gifts That Grads Don’t Even Know They Need

May 24, 2011 | 2

The season of graduation is upon us! Someone very special to you has made an important accomplishment, reaching an exciting milestone in life, and you want to show them how proud you are. Don't get anxious about picking out the perfect gifts for the graduates in your life, because I've got plenty of ideas for you. Whether you're attending your niece's 8th grade graduation, your grandchild's high school graduation, or watching your best friend get their doctorate, there's something here that will inspire your generous, gift-giving heart.

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College Bound

May 15, 2010 |

As the end of May approaches, so does the end of the school year for most high schools.  That means it's time for graduation--including graduation parties.  It goes without saying that if you attend one of these parties, you don't ... Read More