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7 Fun Family Activities for Summer
Summertime is just a few weeks away, and this is the perfect time to start thinking about how to make a memorable vacation season for your family. Creating unforgettable family memories does not need to cost an arm and a leg. All it takes is a little energy, time and creative thinking. One idea is to have a "family fun brainstorm session" over popcorn and lemonade – you'd be surprised at how many ideas the kids will have. To help you get started, here are some other family activities to spark your imagination. Read more
Seven Money Habits to Curb Now
Do you buy items without checking prices or weighing your needs versus wants? Does the idea of saving for retirement seem tedious so you just forget about it? Believe it or not, these are financial habits that may seem harmless, but that could pose a serious threat to your financial security in the long run. Here are some of the most common bad money habits to watch for. Read more
Tips for Frugal Parenting
In today's culture, it is easy to believe that the more we spend on our children, the more we love them. Ironically, especially in these tough economic times, one of best things we can do for our kids is to show them how to enjoy life and still live within our means. Here are some tips to help parents cut back spending, while still showing the love. Read more
The Upside to Downsizing
Downsize often has a negative meaning in relation to the workplace; but when it comes to your home, car and lifestyle, simplifying can actually be positive–improving your peace of mind and your financial outlook. In America, many of us are continuing to live beyond our means. In an effort to improve your finances and lifestyle, here are a few things you might consider downsizing. Read more
Identity Thieves Target Kids as Well as Adults
I'm sorry to report that child identity fraud is alive and well in 2014. If anything, the problem may be worsening as identity thieves devise new methods to steal – and use – children's personal information. Most commonly, they'll harvest kids' dormant Social Security numbers (SSNs) and use them to illegally obtain jobs or open fraudulent bank and credit accounts, mortgages or car loans.
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