Woman taking a walk to minimize holiday stress

Minimize Holiday Stress to Spend Less

At first glance, it may be hard to see the relationship between holiday stress and your spending. But the connection is definitely there. The pressure to do it all and do it well during the holidays can leave us feeling like worn-out underachievers. We think that spending on that one extra gift or blowing the budget on a last-minute bash will make ...


free babysitting one of many holiday gifts that don't cost money

6 Holiday Gifts that Don’t Cost Money

Maybe you’re dealing with an extremely tight budget. Or maybe you’d like to minimize the consumerism the holidays bring. Whatever your reasons, there are times when you need or want to give a gift without spending any money. But is that even possible in today’s world of one-click purchases and same-day delivery? Absolutely! Here are 6 ideas f...


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Use the Holidays to Teach Kids About Money

With holiday ads already flooding the airwaves the seasonal madness has arrived. Whether you’re a can’t-get-enough-of-Christmas person or a dedicated Festivus fan, you might be surprised to learn that the holidays are actually a perfect time to teach kids about money and personal finances.      The season is full of teachable moments that...


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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...