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  • Start the 30-Day Spring-Cleaning Challenge Today!

    Source: Start the 30-Day Spring-Cleaning Challenge Today!

    It's not too late to get started on the 30-day Spring cleaning challenge and get your home in tip-top shape - just start today, and follow the schedule for the next 30 days! We have been carefully crafting a 30-day schedule for you, assigning tasks that will take up about about 20 minutes to an hour each day. In fact, we made it easier for you by creating a wonderful PDF - download it here - for you to print out and stick on your fridge to keep you accountable. After you've finished each task, just mark it off with an "X" to feel that rush of completing a task.

    Below is the schedule for the challenge, and we included links to tips that will help you with them.


    Day 1: Clean microwave and oven.
    Day 2: Clean dishwasher and appliances.
    Day 3: Wipe down pantry.
    Day 4: Scrub down fridge.
    Day 5: Organize and toss expired foods.
    Day 6: Clean kitchen sink and under the sink.
    Day 7: Wipe down walls,

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  • 5 Things to Bring to a Job Interview

    POPSUGAR Smart LivingSource: 5 Things to Bring to a Job Interview

    Job hunting is a process more people are having to go through as companies undergo big layoffs in the face of a challenged economy. It's competitive out there and the little details matter more with crowded applicant pools. Make your case stronger by showing up prepared - check for these five items before you head out the door.

    • Interviewer / Company Phone Number: Even if you've allowed plenty of time for traffic the unexpected can always happen, like an accident that prevents you from getting to your interview on time. Have the phone number handy so you can call and discuss timing, and possibly reschedule your interview over the phone for another time.
    • Reference Sheet: Bring a sheet separate from your resume that lists your professional references. It's usually a good sign when the interviewer asks for references, so eliminate any hesitation by providing your reference list on the spot.
    • Résumé: Print several out on nice paper
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  • 9 Tips for Planning a City Hall Wedding

    Source: 9 Tips For Planning a City Hall Wedding

    If you're looking for a no-fuss, budget-friendly wedding, city hall might be a great place to get married. You won't have to deal with the stress of handling a wedding guest list running past 100 and the costs of entertaining and feeding all the guests. Don't want the stress of planning a huge wedding? Here are some tips for organizing a city hall wedding:

    • Pick a city hall. You may think it makes the most sense to have the ceremony in the city hall closest to you, but you should be open to different options. You can even couple the ceremony with a honeymoon trip, so you kill two birds with one stone - get married at your dream destination and you don't have to book a separate trip for your honeymoon.
    • Get your license. Check to see your state's requirements for getting a marriage license. Sometimes there is a waiting period before you'll be able to get married, so you might not be able to get married on the same day you obtain
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  • How This Millennial Found Her Calling — and You Can Too!

    Source: How This Millennial Found Her Calling - and You Can Too!

    Are you hungry for success but lack direction on what steps you should take to get there? A lot of us millennial women can relate. Even though there are so many wonderful things about being Gen Y, finding the path to your passion can be challenging at times. That's why in October 2013, Lauren McGoodwin created Career Contessa, an online platform guiding career-driven women to success.

    The site features stories from business-savvy and entrepreneurial-minded women who recount how they got their big breaks. (Our senior producer at POPSUGAR, Donna Lee, was even showcased!) Check out our interview with the 27-year-old founder and editor in chief. From obtaining a work-life balance to hiring people better than you, McGoodwin shares her own journey of becoming a Career Contessa and gives advice for millennial women who are still figuring it out.

    POPSUGAR: What defines a Career Contessa?
    Lauren McGoodwin
    : Career

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  • Make These 86 Amazing Meals for $5 or Less

    Source: Make These 86 Amazing Meals For $5 or Less

    Cooking at home is great for your wallet and - for the most part - better for your health. Instead of making the same recipes over and over again, challenge yourself by trying out some of the best budget-friendly recipes we found on the web. At $5 or less per serving, you definitely won't be breaking the bank with these homemade meals.

    • Pasta Carbonara: Settle down with a plate of pasta carbonara, and you will feel so content.

      From Nicole Perry, POPSUGAR Food

      Pasta Carbonara With Leeks and Sun-Dried Tomatoes


      Substitute Italian guanciale for the bacon, if you can find it.


      3/4 pound thickly cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
      3 medium leeks, thinly sliced and cleaned
      Kosher salt
      1 pound spaghetti
      3 eggs
      1/2 cup parsley, minced
      3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips
      Freshly grated parmesan cheese, for garnish
      Freshly cracked black pepper, for garnish

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  • Easily Save $1,378 with the 52-Week Money Challenge

    Source: Easily Save $1,378 With the 52-Week Money Challenge

    You've probably heard about the 52-week money challenge that has everyone talking. The concept is simple: you start with $1 in the first week, and then every week, you'll put away an extra dollar. To put this in perspective, you'll save $1 in the first week, $2 in the second, and $3 in week three. Keep doing this until you reach $52 in the 52nd week. Once you add up the total, you'll find yourself $1,378 richer in a year.

    This may be a great savings plan for those who are new to saving or just plain intimidated, as it doesn't seem as overwhelming. Gradually over time, the amount you're saving increases, easing you into the idea of putting away more and more money the longer you do it.

    We've seen different versions floating around the web, but we wanted to make our own, which includes checkboxes to motivate you more to stick with it till the end. You can download the pretty PDF for our 52-week money challenge here. Just

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  • 8 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Budget This Month

    POPSUGAR Smart LivingSource: 8 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Budget This Month

    It's another new day and a good time for fresh beginnings. After all, it's also now Spring and a great season for cleansing and renewal. Don't beat yourself up if you haven't been too diligent with your money; here are some ways you can clean up your money mistakes:

    • File your taxes. Taxes are due in two weeks, so if you haven't yet already filed, it's time to get going. Start out this month on a good foot by not delaying important money tasks and risk facing potential penalties. If you're mailing your paper return, make sure you get it out in time for an April 15 postmark.
    • Look at how you're managing your money. Take some time to assess how you're managing your money. Sign up for a Mint account if you haven't already, and if you have one, try to figure out how to use it better.
    • Organize your documents. Now that tax season is almost over, make it easier on yourself for next year's taxes by getting more organized. Trash
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  • 41 of the Best Real-Life Cheats

    Source: 41 of the Best Real-Life Cheats

    We're always looking for the best life hacks, but this Reddit thread did the work for us and rounded up 80 of the most popular life cheats suggested by commenters. Take these tips with a grain of salt; we did our best to filter out the NSFW, illegal, and seemingly ridiculous ones (it is Reddit after all).

    • Skip ads: When you're watching a DVD, hit stop, stop, then play to skip ads and head straight to the movie. If hitting stop twice doesn't work, hit it three times before you hit play.
    • Skip the operator: Dial 0 to go straight to the operator. If that doesn't work, "mashing buttons" can work, too. Or you can keep saying "representative" if the system is voice automated. You can also use the site
    • Biking benefits: You can save a lot of money on gas, parking, and gym memberships by adopting a bicycle as a mode of transportation.
    • For worn-out credit cards: If the magnetic stripe is worn out from use, you can cover it
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  • 4 Affordable Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

    Source: 4 Affordable Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

    With St. Patrick's Day less than two weeks away, it's a good time to start planning how you'll celebrate. If you find yourself on a budget, it doesn't mean that you are out of luck just yet. From DIY crafts to homemade cocktails, there are plenty of affordable options to choose from. Whether you're hitting the town or just staying in, check out these affordable ideas as you map out your St. Patrick's Day festivities. Don't forget to wear your green, too, or you might just get pinched!

    1. Make your own St. Patrick's Day party gear.
    Who says you have spend big bucks on your St. Patrick's Day outfit? With keeping green in mind as the main theme, there are plenty of ways you can DIY everything you need. You can decorate t-shirts, make four-leaf clover jewelry, spray paint your shoes, and much more! Keep the green-inspired duds going by creating one-of-a-kind accessories with bows, headbands, or pins! You can even add some Read More »from 4 Affordable Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
  • A Healthier, Happier You: 21 Vices to Drop for Lent — or Anytime!

    Source: A Healthier, Happier You: 21 Vices to Drop For Lent - or Anytime!

    If you couldn't decided which vice to give up for Lent, it's not too late to start. Although many of the bad habits people drop are generally health-related, there are plenty of bad money, career, and life behaviors you can choose to give up. Here are a couple suggestions.

    Things to consider giving up for your budget

    • Eating out or not setting a food budget.
    • Store-bought coffee.
    • Using your credit and debit card. Studies have shown that people tend to spend more when using plastic.
    • Shopping for unnecessary things.
    • Paying full price.
    • Delaing working on your taxes.

    Things you should stop doing for your career

    • Relying on your memory. Instead, start scheduling tasks.
    • Working late at the office.
    • Pressing the snooze button.
    • Procrastinating tasks. But first, you need to learn more about procrastination.
    • Being late to work.
    • Saying "yes" to everyone and overcommitting. Focus on
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