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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 Ė 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.
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.
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.
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 positiveĖimproving 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.
Valentine's Day Savings Ideas
For many couples, talking about finances is as unromantic as it gets. A recent Money Magazine survey revealed that 84 percent of respondents felt money caused tension in their marriage. This Valentine's Day, don't let money woes trump romance. Here are some ways to be mindful about money while still letting Cupid know how much you care.
15 Simple Financial Resolutions to Make Now
January is a month of financial strain for many who have spent beyond their means during the holidays. This "financial hangover" makes budget top of mind as many consider New Year's resolutions. What better time to make changes that will lead to a brighter financial picture? Consider making these simple resolutions. They may be small, but their impact can be remarkable.
9 Holiday Savings Tips
Enjoy some holiday cheer without the financial fear of spending more than you can afford on gifts this season. You don't have to go into debt to how much you care.
Holiday Entertaining on a Dime
If you plan to host a gathering this holiday season, consider these tips for an excellent celebration that won't break the bank.
Making School Donations Count
Learn about some smart ways parents can support their child's school and programs without overextending themselves.
Garage Sales: Clean Up and Cash In
With the school year upon us and fall around the corner, it's not too late to take advantage of this great opportunity to buy and sell.
How to Plan a Cost-Conscious Wedding
Americans are shelling out thousands of dollars on weddings this season. Here are 15 ideas for cutting back costs as you plan your big day.
10 Things You Should Buy Used
With the rising costs of gas and groceries, many of us are trying to cut back wherever we can. Before you give up your top luxuries, take a look at what you could be buying used to reduce expenses.
Green Your Garden to Save Green
Many of us are beginning to stock up on seeds and starter plants in preparation for our spring gardens. Before you head to the garden store, consider what you are paying to maintain your garden.
Do You Have What it Takes to Start Your Own Business?
Whether youíve dreamed of starting a website, developing a product or something else, starting your own business is a risk – but it can also deliver the ultimate reward. Here are a few tips for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Tips for Saving on Holiday Gifts
'Tis the season to give … and save. Try these tips for giving fun, impactful gifts without breaking the bank.
10 Ways to Save on Winter Utilities
Itís easy to rack up hefty electric bills, especially during the cold winter months. Try these simple changes to save on utilities this winter.
8 Tips for Buying New Technology
These days, you can easily drop $2kĖ$4k on a piece of electronic equipment you could live without. Find out when you can consider technology a smart investment, and when itís wiser to pass.
Smart Ideas for a Summer Staycation
No doubt, youíre familiar with the "staycation" phenomenon. In case youíve been out of the loop (or perhaps on a long vacation), a staycation is the budget-savvy, stay-local version of the old-fashioned vacation. Here is our advice for planning yours Ė and saving your family big.
Go Forth, Graduate
Once the cap and gown are packed away and final exams are just a lingering memory, itís time to consider your next endeavor. Here are a few ways to seize post-grad opportunities while helping to seal your future success.
7 Ways to Save on Healthy Living
In a challenging economy, itís easy for work to take priority over getting exercise and eating well. But good health is arguably your most valuable commodity, and having it will help you face financial challenges. Hereís how to improve your physical wellbeing without breaking the bank.
Plan B: Starting a Second Career
In todayís workforce, individuals embarking on second careers have become a much more common occurrence. Is it the job market forcing you to pursue another path? Maybe you are making this change by your own decision. Regardless, you are not alone.
Etiquette in the New Economy
While reports suggest that our economy is on the rebound, unemployment is still high. Many of us are dealing with, or know someone facing a significant financial issue. It might be unemployment, foreclosure, or just some serious belt tightening.
Living Green without Spending Green
Itís official, the eco-friendly movement is in full swing. As consumers, weíve become more and more inundated with messaging about the environment and how product X is going to save the world. With no disrespect to these groundbreaking efforts, the problem for many of us living on a budget is that installing solar panels, channeling wind energy and shopping at our favorite eco-designerís boutique isnít an option right now.
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