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Home Improvements? Ask Yourself These Questions First.

We have all been spending a lot more time than usual at home over the past few months. For some of us, that means looking around and seeing opportunities to undertake home improvements. Unfortunately, many people are also dealing with reduced income or unemployment as a result of the ongoing pandemic. So, before you hire a contractor or head to the...


How to Save On Utilities When Working from Home

Now that many Americans have been working from home for months, some have been surprised by the higher utility bills that result. But it stands to reason that being home all day and working online would result in higher electric bills, while frequent hand washing and running the dishwasher every day has caused water bills to spike. Here’s how you...


use stimulus funds to pay for basic needs

5 Smart Ways to Use the Upcoming Stimulus Payment

On Friday, March 27, the president signed into law the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) to help Americans manage the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. A major part of this legislation calls for Americans to receive stimulus funds directly from the government. Beginning in late April, individuals with incomes...


expenses to cut from your budget

Expenses to Cut from Your Budget in 2020

New year, new budget. If you haven’t adjusted your budget for 2020 yet, now is the perfect time. Chances are, there are several budget categories that can use a refresh. And cutting out or reducing certain expenses will free up funds so you can do more of what you want this year. Let’s take a look at some of the expenses to cut (or at least cut...


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5 Ways to Minimize Food Waste and Save Money

If you feel like you end up throwing away more food than you eat, you’re not alone. Worldwide, more than one-third of all food produced ends up spoiled or thrown away. As Americans, we throw away as much as 40% of the food we buy. This ultimately ends up in landfills, producing methane emissions, which contribute to climate change — yikes! So n...


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Financial Resolutions for Generation Z

Often dismissed as being glued to their phones or mesmerized by their gaming consoles, members of Generation Z — those born after 1997 — have money on their minds. In fact, 72% of them report feeling stressed about money, according to the 2019 Future of Money Study. Personal finances can seem overwhelming to this generation, but they don’t...