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5 Ways to Save on Halloween Costumes

With Halloween just weeks away, it’s time to get serious about this year’s costumes. Whether you’re the one getting dressed up or you have to outfit your kids, buying costumes can be expensive — almost $30 per costume on average. That’s a good chunk of change, especially since most costumes will only be worn once. Fortunately, there are l...


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Tips for an Easy Fall Finance Checkup

With summer quickly coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to check in on your finances. The change of seasons is always a good time to take stock of where you are and what you’re doing financially, and make any necessary adjustments you need to reach your financial goals. It might surprise you how even a few small changes can add up to big s...


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Throw a 4th of July BBQ for Less

With 4th of July less than a week away, it’s time to start planning your backyard BBQ. There’s nothing quite like getting family and friends together to relax and celebrate with good food. But you might be wondering how you can feed a crowd without blowing your food budget for the month. Here are five easy ways you can save on your next cookout...


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How to Save Money on Holiday Baking

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the holiday season officially begins. If one of your seasonal traditions includes baking delicious homemade treats to share with friends and family, you know how expensive it can be. Fortunately, with some strategic planning and shopping, you can cut the costs of holiday baking and still create mountains of ...


Tips for Smart Charitable Giving

Whether you’re planning to donate to charity in your name or make charity donations for others in lieu of gifts, holiday giving is a wonderful way to get in the spirit and focus on the greater good. However, just as with any financial transaction, you need to be careful when donating to charities, especially during the holiday season. It’s not ...


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Guide to Creative Gift Giving

The countdown to the holidays is on, and with it the promise of food, family and celebration. Yet it’s also the time of year when spending hits a peak, creating stress for those who haven’t budgeted for the season. It’s hard to enjoy the holidays when financial worries are constantly nagging at you, but there are plenty of ways to celebrate o...