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Catherine Alford is a personal finance freelance writer. She received a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. When she is not writing for other websites on all topics frugal and fabulous, she enjoys sharing her adventures on her blog, Follow her on Twitter @BudgetBlonde

Entries by Catherine Alford

4 Ways To Avoid Being a Workaholic Parent

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 6:01 PM

To be honest, I love to work, and I love working for myself even more. A few years ago I started a personal finance blog called Budget Blonde, and in 2014, I became self employed. Every year I go to the Financial Blogger's Conference, which is an annual gathering of...

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A Quick Family Trip to Boston for Under $100

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 5:48 PM

A few weeks ago, our beautiful twin babies turned 1, and so we decided to take them on a weekend trip to Boston to celebrate. We live about 4 hours away from Boston in New Jersey, so with much trepidation and a little bit of excitement, we decided to do a whirlwind...

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From Cleaning Toilets to Delivering Donuts: 12 Highly Successful Businesswomen Share Their Unconventional Advice

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 12:00 PM

I never thought I'd be a business owner. After six years of studying U.S. history, I was certain my life would consist of spending my days tucked away in special collections, carefully sorting through a box of Civil War letters. However, life has a funny way of taking you down...

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The ABC's of Financial Stability

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 2:59 PM


Always check your bank account. Every day. No matter what. It's important to know how much you have and make sure no one has made any false charges.


Be confident in your decisions. Turning down vacations, nice dinners, and cute jeans on sale is hard, but financial freedom...
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Lo que nadie te dice sobre los tres primeros meses de maternidad

(4) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 2:00 AM

Estoy intentando encontrar las palabras.

Me está costando reunir las sílabas adecuadas con las que poder transmitir mi experiencia como madre primeriza, una experiencia que mucha gente conocerá, pero de la que pocos se atreven a hablar.

Para empezar, nadie te dice la cantidad de emociones que vas...

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Was Ihnen niemand über die ersten drei Monate als Mutter sagt

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 9:48 AM

Ich versuche, die richtigen Worte zu finden.

Ich mühe mich damit ab, die richtige Sammlung von Silben zu finden, die meine Erfahrung als Neu-Mutter ausdrücken können. Eine Erfahrung, die viele Frauen machen, aber von der nur wenige offen sprechen.

Zum Beispiel davon, wie emotional das Muttersein ist. Und mit emotional...

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What Nobody Tells You About the First 3 Months of Motherhood

(100) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 3:27 PM

I'm trying to find the words.

I'm struggling to gather together the right collection of syllables that can be mushed together to convey my experience of new motherhood, an experience many people likely share but never speak of.

First, no one tells you how emotional motherhood will be. And by...

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Warning: Your Compliment to That Pregnant Woman Was an Insult

(13) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 2:55 PM

"Are you sure you're even having twins?" the stranger asked.

She was trying to give me a compliment, I know. She was trying to say my pregnancy must be going well. She was trying to say I looked beautiful, happy even.

I'm sure she was.

Except, like countless...

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The Eye of The Storm

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 4:58 PM

This week marks 8 years since Hurricane Katrina. 8 years since my life changed forever. Growing up in South Louisiana, I always knew a storm like Katrina was a possibility. I just never fathomed the aftermath. I wanted to share a little bit of my story with you. While I...

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Quarter Life Crisis or Quarter Life Opportunity?

(6) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 4:46 PM

We hear a lot about the "mid-life crisis" and more recently, as people my age are having a harder time finding meaningful work, the "quarter life crisis."

Older generations might scoff at the idea of this "quarter life crisis." After all, they say, what do young people like me have...

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How I Paid Off $6,000 of Debt by Moving to a Caribbean Island

(4) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 12:55 PM

When you think about a traditional debt repayment story, visions of tropical islands and international plane flights don't usually come to mind. However, that's exactly how my story goes.

A few years ago, my husband and I were a normal newlywed couple in our early twenties. We were both working...

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