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Staycation: How to Make the Most of Your Time Off

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Will you spend your vacation at home this summer? Travel expenses can add up fast, so it’s no wonder that many people opt for staycations or short trips. But sticking close to home can have benefits that go well beyond saving money. Down…

6 Father’s Day Gift Ideas Under $30

Dads deserve their day in the sun. But how do you find a Father’s Day gift he’ll appreciate without spending more than you can afford? We’ve rounded up six affordable ideas, ranging from free to around $30. 1. A day (or night) at the…
Don’t Waste Your Money On These Unnecessary Baby “Essentials”

Don’t Waste Your Money On These Unnecessary Baby “Essentials”

It’s no wonder many new parents-to-be are completely overwhelmed by the idea of preparing for a baby – just head to your local baby supply store and you’ll be floored by their exhaustive list of registry “essentials.” The truth is,…

New Year’s Resolutions That Won’t Empty Your Wallet

Keeping New Year’s resolutions can be hard. Self-improvement expert James Clear says between 81 and 92% fail. And you can jinx your success if your resolutions cost more than you can afford. The takeaway? It makes sense to think through…

Avoid Spending Too Much on Holiday Gift-Giving

The holiday season is meant to be a time of joy. But spending too much on gifts – and adding to debt – can leave you feeling down. One of the easiest ways to overspend during the holidays is gift shopping without a plan. Check out this…

4 (Cheap) Ways to Rock Your Holiday Party

The holidays are made for celebrating with family and friends. But if you’re already having to limit spending on Christmas presents, you may be concerned about the added expense of hosting a holiday party. With creative and frugal thinking,…

Costumes: Tricks for Treating Yourself to a Budget-Friendly Halloween

So, you and your kids have a blast celebrating Halloween. But you need to control your spending? Well, this Halloween, you can have your fun and spare your budget, too. It just takes a little creativity, inspiration from online sources, a look…

Plan Ahead to Keep Your Holiday Spending on Budget

Want to lower the stress of holiday shopping – on your budget and yourself? Create a shopping plan before you step into a store or browse online. This way you’ll avoid impulse purchases and overspending. Here are tips to help: Start…

7 Money-Saving Tips Will Put You at the Head of the School Lunch Line

On average, schools are in session about 180 days a year. That adds up to a lot of school lunches. Not to mention money to pay for them – and a good deal of your time, if you pack your kids’ lunch. The following school lunch packing tips…

Back-to-School’s for Adults, Too, Thanks to These Scholarships

When you hear, “back-to-school,” you probably picture children and teens. But couldn’t you be in that picture, too? Sure, you’ve been out of school a while. Yet, gaining new knowledge and skills in a trade school, junior college or…

Your 10-Point Plan for Saving on Back-to-School Shopping

Teachers have lesson plans. Coaches have game plans. Parents – here’s your 10-point plan to help you save money on back-to-school shopping: 1. Before you start shopping, look around your house. Search for school supplies you might…

Ready to Take a Holiday from Taxes?

Several States Offer Back-to-School Savings with Temporary Sales Tax Relief Unlike other holidays, sales tax holidays can help you cut expenses. That’s the case for the back-to-school sales tax holidays scheduled in July and August in 15…

9 Ways for Kids to Make Summer Break Pay Off

School’s out, and your kids have been telling you they’re bored. Looking for cures for their summer blahs? If so, check the following list of ways kids can stay busy as they earn a little spending money (maybe save some, too) and get…

Dads, Grads, Weddings and More!

Graduations. Father’s Day. Showers and weddings galore, maybe with a few birthday parties thrown in for good measure. It seems like June is a never-ending parade of celebrations – and there are usually gifts or other expenses involved. If…

Summer is Here. Who’s Minding the Kids?

Last year, The New York Times reported on the headache moms and dads often face when it comes to summertime child care arrangements. Summer camps and full-time day care don’t come cheap. On the other hand, some kids aren’t ready to be home…
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How to Pay it Forward on a Tight Budget

Generosity is good for the spirit – but schedules and finances tend to be more strained than ever during the holidays. That can make it tough to give as much as you’d like to those less fortunate. If you find yourself wishing you could…
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Shop!

We have a few holiday shopping tips if you’ve decided to brave the crowds and head out on Black Friday this year. Although it is easy to think that everything on sale on Black Friday is a good deal, that may not always be the case. It is…

November Is The Best Time To Save on Candy, Cookware, and Wedding Dresses

November is the Best Time To… Now that Halloween’s come and gone, the holidays are ready to shift into high gear. But before you start preparing for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and beyond, you should know that there are plenty of other…

September Is The Best Time To Save on Memories, Coffee and More

Find out how to celebrate our nation’s favorite hot beverage, how to save your summer memories and more. September is the Best Time to…Create Low-Cost Summer Memorabilia. You probably have some cherished memories of how you spent…

August is the Best Time to ...

August is a pick-up-the-pace kind of month. There are school supplies to buy, new schedules to keep and great deals to be had. We’ve rounded up a list of savings opportunities and handy reminders to help you start the transition to fall. 1.…

Buy the right laptop for back to school and save

Buy the right laptop for back to school and save For many students, starting the school year with the latest electronics isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. The problem is, parents can blow their entire back-to-school budget by buying a…

Infographic: Do-It-Yourself Car Care Tips to Keep Costs Down

Cars can be a necessity, particularly if you don’t live near convenient public transportation. Getting the oil changed regularly as well as taking care of other scheduled maintenance items will go a long way toward maximizing your car’s…

Summer Sales: What You Need, What Can Wait

One of the last places you probably want to be during the summer is at the mall or a big-box retailer searching for bargains. But it turns out that summer is the right season to find deals on a number of consumer items – and maybe not the…

Best Grilling Tools for Your Money

Nothing says summer like a tasty backyard barbecue with friends and family. Besides being fun and delicious, grilling can also be an affordable way to eat – if you know what grilling tools to use. 1. Best Grilling Tools for Your Money: Stainless…

Apps can help you put small change to work

Save and invest for the future? That sounds like a good idea, but it can be hard when you don’t have a lot of money left over at the end of the month. That’s where Acorns and Qapital come in. These mobile apps give users a way to start building…

Consumers using debt as survival tool, study says.

American families are carrying piles of debt. Though it’s tempting to blame reckless spending for this, the personal finance website NerdWallet takes a different tack. In a recent study. NerdWallet makes the case that consumers have good reasons…

Help Kids Learn Money Skills With 3 Free Apps

Kid: Buy me this? Please, please, please? Parent: Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know. Kid: Just put it on the credit card. If this conversation sounds familiar, you know how challenging it can be to teach kids the value of money. Help…

Study Says Consumers Aren’t Ready to Spend

Though the economy is finally showing signs of being on the upswing, American consumers aren’t buying into the idea of a full-blown recovery just yet. According to a recent study by market research firm Mintel, more than 9 out of 10 (91…

Have Fun This Weekend Without Spending a Bundle

You can stay in this weekend, stream a movie, watch some TV, and not spend much money. But what if you want to get out without dropping a bucketful of cash? What then? We’ve got some clever strategies for you that will make this weekend both…

Affordable Spring Break Child Care Options for Working Parents

Does the mention of spring break send you into a child care meltdown? Between overtaxed budgets and overloaded work schedules, it’s not always possible to whisk the whole family away for a week of fun in the sun. Some working parents are faced…