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    1. giulia

      January 11th, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      loving this post,, being a young woman on a budget I’m totally agree with the entire post!!!

    2. Stefanie

      January 11th, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      hah, yesss! Nobody wants to give up all their luxuries!

    3. Ann

      January 11th, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      I already do some of these things. I’ve always wanted to try #50 at very nice hotels but I wasn’t sure if it would be weird if I just walk in and sit on their comfy couches for 30 to 60 minutes and leave, lol. I guess I’ll have to try and see if it will work.

    4. Stefanie

      January 11th, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      It totally works. I do it all the time when I need to kill some time in midtown manhattan or need to use a bathroom 🙂

    5. Jess @UsedYorkCity

      January 12th, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Fabulous ideas (and thanks for featuring our massage article!;-) A little trick I do when wanting to feel fancy for under $10 is to buy a box of wine and put some in a glass decanter. Burn some yummy smelling candles, put on a little jazz, and it’s a great night in!

    6. Stefanie

      January 12th, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Oooo, that sounds DELIGHTFUL!

    7. Nicole Clark

      January 12th, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      I’ve been thinking of how to get more massages in 2017, and I’m surprised I’ve never thought to go to a massage therapy school! Such a good idea, Stefanie!

    8. Stefanie

      January 12th, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Gotta love the school resources! Enjoy 🙂

    9. Ross

      January 21st, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Great tips Stefanie. I’ve always wanted to do the mystery hotel for the better rates but am always nervous that somehow mine will end up being a nightmare. Maybe 2017’s the year !

    10. Stefanie

      January 23rd, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Try it out. You can generally narrow it down to 3-4 hotel possibilities before you book based on the descriptions they DO give.

    11. edwin warfield

      February 17th, 2017 at 3:04 am

      really informative, the travel information is specifically useful for me. For a lot of places the seasonality is based on holidays but the weather and everything is else is the same just less crowded traveling in the off season. Also like the groceries section replacing gourmet dining with the same meal made by yourself.

    12. Stefanie

      February 17th, 2017 at 3:06 am

      Check out 33 ways to travel on a budget too!

    13. Eric Williamsone

      May 28th, 2017 at 4:48 am

      I love your article. I don’t have millions in the bank but everything I by or places I go to, I try to go to the nicest most luxurious looking places. And sometimes it’s free to get in. I’d rather be rocking a designer purse than a cheap one because for one it will last me longer and two, it looks nicer. I completely agree with you on always looking like money. People treat you way better when you’re well taken care of then if you were looking all scrubby all the time. And it is all about the quality of things, not just material things. Positivity is the best! Thank you for writing this article.

    14. Stefanie

      May 28th, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Agreed. Quality over quantity for sure!

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    16. Tim Yaotome

      October 31st, 2018 at 3:25 am

      Woah! I never knew that one can start upgrading one’s life by getting a duplex then upgrading all its features such as the decor, furniture, and TV. If I were to upgrade my life, I would first find a trusted real estate agent to help. Having the agent help me in choosing a better home will not only make the process easier to understand but be able to find the home that fits my style.

    17. Stefanie

      November 20th, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      I think a home is right for some people and for those looking to have a lower mortgage, a duplex is a right fit for them. Agents can help quite a bit when it comes to finding the right home, but again, some like fixer-uppers and others prefer move-in ready. Everyone’s financial life is different 🙂

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