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I’m not the wisest about spending money, especially when it comes to things like clothes, shoes and accessories. I’m guilty of buying items for the life I wish I were living, instead of for the life I’m actually living. For example, I recently bought this big, floppy, black and white sun hat and envisioned myself wearing it as I strolled along the beach every weekend in Malibu. And guess what–my feet haven’t touched the sand once this year.

I’m not as bad a spender as some of my fellow Gen Y-ers are. Some have to be seen in a luxury car, even if it means a monthly payment of $500 and premium gas. Some insist on going out to trendy restaurants and bars  so as not to miss out on their local social scenes when staying home with a home cooked meal and a bottle of wine would have been much cheaper.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as an editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta FCU) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 16 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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