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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...


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How to Save Money During Cold and Flu Season

There are plenty of good reasons to love fall — cooler weather, fun outdoor activities and pumpkin spice everything — but there’s one thing fall brings that no one loves: cold and flu season. Coming down with a nasty bug is not anyone’s idea of a good time, and to make matters worse, being sick can be expensive, too. But it doesn’t have t...


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Get Moving — How to Save When Relocating

Whether you are moving across town or across the country, relocating can be an expensive undertaking. From moving your belongings, to traveling, to setting up your new home once you get there, there are plenty of opportunities to overspend along the way. These tips will help you save when relocating.         Do Your Research Spend some time r...


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Don’t Fall for Retail Spending Traps

It happens to all of us at one time or another; you go shopping for one specific item and come home with things you never planned on buying. When that happens, it’s because you fell into common retail spending traps. Stores know how to tempt you into spending more than you planned, but we’re going to tell you what to watch out for so it doesn...


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5 Ways to Save on Your Next New Car

If you’re thinking about purchasing a new car, you have perfect timing! August through October is a great time to buy a new vehicle because dealerships are closing out the current model year to get ready for the next. That alone is going to save you money, but there are several more things you can do to ensure buying a new car doesn’t leave you...


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No More Boring Budgets! 5 Ways to Make it Fun.

For many people, the word ‘budget’ makes them cringe. It conjures up images of penny-pinching, self-denial and not having any fun. But budgeting doesn’t have to be a boring chore. In fact, it shouldn’t be! Planning and managing a budget should actually be something you look forward to doing, because it can help you reach your financial goal...