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Christina Lavingia


Santa Barbara, CA, United States

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Past articles by Christina:

The Weirdest Thing I Did to Save Money

When it comes to saving money, personal finance bloggers are the experts. After all, they’re the ones who really understand how important every single dime, penny and nickel can be when it comes... → Read More

The Most Polluted States in America

Breathing is as automatic as your heartbeat, but if you live in a polluted area, each breath could be detrimental to your health. PM2.5 particles, classified as a fine air pollutant with an aerodynam… → Read More

The 18 States With the Highest Reported Rates of Drunk Driver Deaths

Every year, drunk driving is responsible for too many preventable accidents and deaths. In 2013 alone, 15,530 drivers lost their lives — and over a third of them had blood alcohol concentration (BA… → Read More

The Presidential Candidates Winning The Twitter Race

Although Twitter isn’t the end-all-be-all metric of influence, it can provide a number of insights regarding public opinion. Who are people interested in? Whose rhetoric has the greatest reach?… → Read More

25 Things to Know About Hillary Clinton

Like many of the pacesetters in this cycle’s presidential race, you either love her or you hate her. Hillary Clinton, the leading hopeful for the Democratic nomination, has an extensive rĂŠsumĂ… → Read More

Target Date Funds: Top 3 for Each Retirement Period

With Social Security a campaign buzz word, it makes sense that retirement is a concern for both those approaching that age, as well as those who are decades away. There are numerous methods to save f… → Read More

24 Retail Stocks With the Highest Dependency on Q4

We’re fast approaching the holiday season, which starts with Thanksgiving and — sometimes on the same day — evolves into the shopping spree that characterizes the gift-giving season. Just a… → Read More

How We Celebrate Thanksgiving in 7 Charts

Thanksgiving is a cherished American holiday for a number of reasons. It’s a time for friends and family to reunite and reflect on the people that matter most. The savory meal of oven-roasted t… → Read More

20 Best Investments for Your 401k

Retirement is becoming an increasingly problematic topic for citizens and the government at large. While people are more or less focused on saving for the future, some factors are outside of any indi… → Read More

Don’t Waste Your Money On These Mutual Funds

There’s an expectation that we get more out of expensive purchases. That isn’t always the case, though. When it comes to mutual funds, fees can vary quite a bit. These management fees pay… → Read More

The Most Successful ETFs of All Time

With the creation of the first ETF in 1993, these new investment funds have become incredibly popular. These passively managed index funds are popular among small investors who want to invest without… → Read More

The Best Cities for Donut and Bagel Lovers

However sweet or savory they might be, donuts and bagels can be an any-time-of-day treat. Sure, your regular variety of donuts and bagels can be found at supermarkets, gas stations, and local shops a… → Read More

Diner Capitals: Where Americans Enjoy the Most Breakfast Options

They say breakfast is the most important meal. Research backs this trite expression: data shows eating breakfast can help people kickstart their metabolisms daily, maintain a healthy weight and obtai… → Read More

12 Most Popular ETFs to Hedge Against a Bear Market

A multitude of global economic factors have caused the recent plummet in the U.S. stock market. Oil prices dropped below the critical $40 threshold for the first time since 2009. China’s six-ye… → Read More

Invest Like Your Favorite Presidential Candidate With These Funds

To say political engagement varies in the United States would be putting it mildly. Just 58.2 percent of eligible Americans voted in the 2012 presidential election. So while some Americans attend pol… → Read More

The 25 Best Cities for Pizza Lovers

Following yearly increases, our consumption of pizza has peaked, according to an article by Time’s Brad Tuttle. Although our love for pizza has plateaued, 40 percent of Americans consumed pizza at… → Read More

7 Funds to Invest Like Hillary Clinton

Months before 2016 has even begun, media attention is already buzzing around the next presidential election. The debates have started, polls are aggregating sentiment and candidates are vying for fun… → Read More

Best Places to Get Your Mexican Food Fix

From flavorful tacos, to gooey burritos and crunchy taquitos, Mexican food has become a staple of cuisine in the United States. According to an ABC News report, there were more than 38,000 Mexican re… → Read More

12 Mutual Funds to Invest Like Warren Buffett

The Oracle of Omaha got his nickname for a reason. With an investment savvy that’s net him $67.4 billion, Warren Buffett is one of the most famed names in the investing world. His philosophy is… → Read More

29 Highest-Paying Entry-Level Jobs

Compensation is a top concern when looking for a new job or starting in a new career. Regardless of career stage, salary can mean the difference between making ends meet and struggling financially. W… → Read More