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Top Tips for Thanksgiving on a Budget

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends to enjoy a wonderful meal and create lasting memories. Unfortunately, it can also be an opportunity to create lasting debt. The pressure to put together a picture-perfect Thanksgiving feast can be temptation to blow the budget and reach for the credit card. You’ll be much happier if you cle...


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Save Money in Unexpected Ways

Are you in a savings rut? Or worse yet, have you just stopped trying to save money because you got tired of thinking about it? Even when you have a clear savings goal in mind, the process can become tedious and a little boring if you don’t change it up once in a while. Challenge yourself to try some of these unexpected ways to save that can re...


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Save Money by Cleaning Green

With the availability of a different cleaning product for nearly every surface in the home, it’s no surprise Americans spend approximately $42 per month each on cleaning supplies. But it’s not just the expense that’s problematic. It’s also the fact that many cleaning products contain chemical ingredients that can be toxic to people and pets...


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How to Save Money When Dining Out

One of the most effective ways to save money and stick to your budget is cooking meals at home. But there will be times when you want to dine out to celebrate a special occasion, meet up with friends for a bite, or just take a break from cooking. Not to worry. You can still enjoy dining out now and then and stick to your budget by keeping these tip...


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Celebrate Halloween on a Budget

As the weather cools and giant bags of candy corn begin appearing in the stores, it can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner. Once a holiday mostly focused on kids and candy, Halloween has become big business with consumers of all ages. So big, in fact, the National Retail Federation predicts we’ll spend almost $7 billion on c...


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7 Things That are Better to Buy Used

There was a time when buying items secondhand was strictly the domain of struggling college students or quirky, starving artists. But the Great Recession was also the great equalizer, and many people who had never considered shopping at consignment, thrift stores and yard sales discovered there were many things that were better to buy used, rather ...


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Uncovering the Hidden Costs of Weddings

No matter what size wedding you choose to have, there’s a good chance you’ll run over-budget to pull off your dream day. A 2013 survey conducted by theknot.com puts the average cost of a wedding in the United States at just over $28,000.     Of course, you plan and budget for things like the dress, invitations, venue, flowers, catering,...


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How to Save on Pet Care Costs

Our pets can be a source of great love, joy and companionship. They can also be a source of great expense. The National Pet Products Association estimates that Americans will spend more than $55 billion on pet care this year, which comes out to about $500 per pet. Of course, they’re worth every penny, but wouldn’t it be nice to save more tha...


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Say No to these Unnecessary Upgrades

We all love a shiny, new gadget and having the latest and greatest thing, but do we really need something new when our old ‘something’ is still working and doing what we need it to? (Hint: the answer is, no, we don’t).     With that in mind, take a look at these unnecessary upgrades that end up costing more than they’re worth. New ...