how to adjust your budget for rising prices

How to Adjust Your Budget for Rising Prices

If it seems like you’re spending more lately on food, clothing, gas, and other essentials, you’re not imagining it. The Consumer Price Index, which measures the average price of goods in the U.S., rose by 5.4% from June 2020 to June 2021 — the most rapid rise since 2008. That means just about everything you’re buying is more expensive. If y...


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5 Super-Fun and Frugal Staycation Ideas

As we head into a post-pandemic summer, you're ready to take a break from the daily grind. But you might not be ready — or have the funds — to travel for a full vacation. The good news is, staying close to home doesn't have to mean sticking to the same old routines. Here are some easy, cheap and really fun staycation ideas: Movie Marathon If ...


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Save Money with These Multitasking Products

If spending much more time at home over the past year has given you the urge to declutter your space in a big way, you’re not alone. The movement to streamline and simplify is more than trendy. It can actually make you feel happier in your home and help you save money. Let’s take a look at these multitasking products that can help you on your q...


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How to Negotiate Bills During the Pandemic

As we inch toward normalcy more than a year into the pandemic, many Americans are still dealing with the economic impact it has created. Whether it’s unemployment, reduced income or dealing with the medical bills after suffering COVID, individuals and families are struggling to make ends meet. Negotiating bills during the pandemic is one way to s...


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Get Ready to File Your 2020 Taxes

Most of us are more than happy to put 2020 in the rearview mirror. But you’re going to have to revisit it at least one more time when you file your taxes for last year. Believe it or not, the filing deadline is just over two months away, so it’s time to start giving it some thought. Here are some things to consider when filing your 2020 taxes. ...


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Are You Making These Online Shopping Mistakes?

From groceries to gifts to household essentials, many of us have shopped online more in the past year than we ever have before. It’s safer, easier and more convenient than going into stores. Unfortunately, it can also be more expensive. And there are several common online shopping mistakes that cause people to spend more than they need to. Let’...


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Save Money with Black Friday Shopping Online

So many things have been different this year, and now we can add Black Friday shopping to the list. Much of the country is expected to experience a continued surge of new coronavirus infections over the coming weeks. This is why health experts strongly recommend folks opt-out of traditional Black Friday shopping in packed, poorly ventilated stores ...


5 Unexpected Expenses of Having a Baby

If you’re expecting a baby, you have probably already started adjusting your budget for things like decorating the nursery and buying diapers, wipes, and supplies. But there are many expenses related to having a baby that takespeople by surprise. Let’s take a look at some of the unexpected expenses of having a baby.     Life Insurance It...