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How to Deal with a Friend Who Talks Finances

The cultural taboo around talking about money can make it tough to deal with friends who constantly like to bring it up. They may make you cringe with questions about how much you paid for something, how much you make, or maybe they constantly let you know what they dropped on new clothes or tech gear. Here’s a look at how to fend off uncomfortable money conversations—and have some productive ones as well.

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Who Pays for the Wedding?

The decision for who pays for the wedding is not something to gloss over. Seriously, in this day and age, it’s all over the map, and is ultimately up to the happy couple and their families.

In other words, keeping your expectations in check until you’ve heard from everyone involved is probably wise. Your parents may not be prepared to pony up nearly as much as you thought. And your friends may balk if you expect them to pay for formalwear, too many parties, or travel for a destination wedding.

Times are changing. Turns out, the average bride and groom in the U.S. pay almost as much toward their wedding expenses (41%) as the bride’s parents do (45%).

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7 Graduation Party Ideas for New Grads

The graduate in your life has spent years working toward this moment. They’ve donned their cap and gown and are ready to walk through the auditorium to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Whether celebrating a high school or college graduation, it’s something to be commended.

As a high school student, your child has spent the past 12 years working toward their academic goal of graduating, and may be getting ready to head off to college in the fall. If they’re a college graduate, they have earned a degree and are getting ready to join the workforce or enroll in a graduate program. What better way to celebrate each milestone than with a graduation party?

If you’re in search of high school or college graduation party ideas to celebrate the accomplished graduate in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of our suggestions for throwing a graduation party without breaking the bank. And we know that hosting can be stressful, so we’ve done our best to provide some creative tips to help make hosting the event as seamless as possible.

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6 Ways to Help Minimize the Stress of Exams

If you’re a college student, you’ll almost certainly need to take plenty of tests, especially during the midterm and final exam periods each semester. This can be a stressful time, as it’s likely these tests will have a big impact on your grades.

Strategies for how to handle exam stress most effectively will vary from student to student, but it’s important to get the emotional support you need from friends, family members, and classmates. For example, you could think about the good friend who makes you laugh and puts life into perspective—then call, text, or visit them.

Being prepared can also help you deal with stress. We’ve pulled together six strategies that might make test-taking season easier by ensuring that you’re well prepared.

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