How beautiful you look on your wedding day shouldn't be dictated by how much you spend. We found 10 dresses — all retailing for under $600 — that are utterly gorgeous and special. Some are ornate, but many of them are simple and elegant, meaning you can add as little or as much as you want to achieve the look you want. There are many things to consider in your wedding outfit, including flowers, jewelry, shoes; even the simplest dress can be transformed while the most fanciful dress needs little else. Check out these 10 dresses, and click to shop.
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We’re a fan of debit cards. They’re convenient, help us track our spending, offer rewards, and best of all, keep us out of debt because they limit our spending to what’s in the bank. Which is exactly why we’re a little concerned that their free and rewarding usage is under attack.
A Little Thing Called The Durbin Amendment
Currently, banks charge retailers a fee every time you use your debit card (an interchange fee). The current average fee for a signature debit card transaction (when you use your debit card like a credit card) is $0.56, and the interchange fee for a PIN transaction is $0.23.
In less than a month, Congress is slated to implement the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act (which passed with bi-partisan support). This hotly-debated amendment would cap interchange fees for debit card usage to $0.12.
The intention of this bill was to invigorate the economy with savings to retailers, which would theoretically be passed down to the customer.
But banks will take a huge hit on revenue, about 70%, according to a spokesman for the American Bankers Association, and that loss will also get passed on to the customer. With big retailers on one side of the debate and big banks and credit card companies on the other, which side is for the consumer?
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You pulled out your spring purses and found a ten dollar bill inside one of them. Or you’ve budgeted carefully and have some extra cash. However it happens, we always love finding an extra $10 to spare at the end of the month. Hence our new series “10 Things To Do With $10″ — our picks of 10 major steals and fun, interesting ways to spend a Hamilton (yes, he’s our man).
After a brutal winter (and snow as recently as this week in NYC), we’ve made the executive decision that spring is here, whether the weather cooperates or not. So, here are our ten ways to ring in flowers, sunshine, and warmth — and get a head start on Spring.
I recently moved into a new home and along with a new home comes lots of projects! We decided to put our tv in a separate room, so our living is purely for entertaining. So our little den was outfitted with our old Ikea couch, we had the best of intentions of getting something new for the room down the line but on a recent trip to Ikea we found our couch covers were on super sale. Rather than buy a brand new couch for the room, we decided to go the more thrifty route with a new cover, pillows and some extra batting added to the sad looking cushions. For about $100 for everything, the couch was transformed and looks pretty much like new. Here is the before:
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So here is my Drugstore Challenge look. I just picked up Revlon's PhotoReady in Natural Beige after avoiding it for so long. I finally caved when it was BOGOF at Rite Aid. I am not a huge fan of liquid foundations so this was a stretch for me. I usually use a tinted moisturizer or a mineral foundation. On with the review... click for review and pictures
Recently you were asked out on a date by a guy who works in your building. For your first date, he takes you on a fun factory tour of a local brewery, and you guys grab slices of pizza afterward. On the next date he takes you to his favorite burrito place and then an art gallery. Most recently you guys hit up a dive bar. You love that he’s zany, and you really connect with him in a way you haven't with a guy in a long time.
But when you ask if he'll come with you to a friend's birthday party at a sit-down restaurant, he says yes but only if you pay, since he’s broke. You don't mind paying, but since you know he has a job, you can't help but wonder if he's really broke or just cheap. How would you handle this?
Although prices of almost everything have soared, good deals do exist. The New York Times scoured the boroughs to see what kind of fare could be had for $1, and earlier this year, New York magazine proclaimed that "beggars can be choosers" when it comes to 99-cent finds. Even in my expensive backyard, the Bay Area, there are deals to come by.
My favorite bargain? The 99-cent, foot-long hot dog with all-you-can-eat ketchup, mustard, and sauerkraut at Slots-a-Fun in Las Vegas. I also love the McCormick & Schmick's $2 bar menu, which includes mussels and burgers. I have to say that when it comes to these prices, value does in fact have a taste: delicious.
What about you? What's the best thing you can find at a rock-bottom price?
With the economy in a bit of a downturn, eating like a gourmet foodie can seem a bit extravagant. Cooking a three-course meal for your entire family while on a budget can seem downright difficult. Yet Christiane Jory, author of The 99 Cent Only Stores Cookbook, believes you can do it easily by shopping at dollar stores. And before you start rolling your eyes — I know you're doing it because I did — I should mention that the book actually contains recipes for things that sound delicious. I mean, what about gruyere beignets, salmon souffle and Pinot Noir poached pear tarts doesn't sound good?
I first heard about this book on NPR — you can listen to the whole story online — and thought it was absolutely fascinating. While I don't think I could eat this way completely — sorry folks, I've become a fresh fruit and veggie snob — I do think it's fantastic to show people how to create good tasting food on the cheap. And besides, with the economy the way it is, this book might end up as a must-have for all of us!
So what about you? Do you think you could make gourmet-tasting meals from the 99 cent store?
Teenager Kira Plastinina is a superstar in Russian. The young designer of casual clothing has 34 stores making her a veritable sensation at the tender age of 15. The brand was nurtured by her father Sergei Plastinin. He co-founded Wimm-Bill-Dann, a food processing company with a market capitalization of 4.4 billion. While we imagine he didn't know shit about fashion, but he clearly trusted his daughter. Or at least believed that she was a perfect nugget of market research.
Dad's business acumen has led his daughter to $20 million in sales. We think this proves that nothing gets you in touch with a demographic like actually being the demographic. Shrewed move Dad. We like the line. With price points in the H&M range and inspiration coming from an actual teenager it certainly beats forty something gay men for staying in touch. The exciting news? She is coming to the United States with plans to open ten to twelve stores in New York and Los Angeles. We are guessing he is hoping for another billion or so.