Women, Money and Summer: The LV Friday Five, June 22, 2012

Women, Money and Summer: The LV Friday Five, June 22, 2012

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The official start of summer and the airing of the season finale of "Girls" gave us lots to talk about this week. Here’s a recap of some of this week’s best posts:

Our friends at MainStreet laid out the best money saving tips for the summer—whether you’re staying at home or going away on vacation.

For those of you trying to save on your summer vacation, an expert from the hospitality industry told us how to score free upgrades and massive discounts on your hotel stay.

Commenters got into a spirited debate in response to Lilit Marcus's response to the stereotype perpetuated in "Girls" of receiving parental help after college, plus how she made it in New York without her parents’ money.

50s throwback alert: A new study says the “Lipstick Effect”--where sales of lipstick go up during a recession--is because women are trying to catch a man to take care of them.

Speaking of living in dire financial straights, we teach you the basics of emergency funds and wondered: If a new dress for a wedding where your ex will be in attendance doesn't count as an emergency, when are you allowed to dip into yours?

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