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Your Prescription for Lower Health Care Costs

The combination of rising health care expenses and a lingering recession has many Americans feeling the pinch. We compiled 10 tips to help you combat these high costs without sacrificing the medical care you need. Stay Healthy: You’ve heard it over and over again – and that’s because it’s true! The best way to keep health care costs in...


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Small Life Changes that Make a Big Difference

You may be sitting on hundreds of extra dollars each month – without even knowing it. In today’s economy, that extra cash cushion could mean the difference between financial security and financial distress. Many people think the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle is their only option, yet it is possible to save more money on the same income. The...


Save Money on Pricey Pet Care Costs

Pets are beloved members of the family whose sweet meows and wagging tails provide years of laughter and lasting joy. But, as every pet owner knows, pet care costs can add up quickly. According to the ASPCA, cat and dog owners will typically spend $1,000 to $1,900 on pet care in the first year alone. Use these seven tips to reduce expenses witho...


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How to Save Money on Auto Insurance

It's doubtful you can get through a TV show or your evening commute without hearing car insurance ads with big promises of saving you money. But how do you know which policy is best for your situation? How do you know if you're spending too much? The following tips will help you identify opportunities to save: Collect insurance quotes before you b...


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How to Save on Holiday Gifts

Gift giving is among the most popular holiday activities. We get that warm fuzzy feeling when we see a loved one unwrap a gift that we spent time, money and care selecting. However, it’s easy to get lost in the holiday glee and end up spending much more than we anticipated. It’s important to remember that your friends and family would never wan...


7 Alternatives to a Big-Budget Wedding

If you’re dreaming of a big, gala-style wedding, you’re certainly not alone. Numerous studies show the average U.S. couple spends nearly $30,000 on their wedding. That’s a lot of cash (or credit) to shell out for a single day. While your wedding day signifies an incredible milestone, you shouldn’t let one big party set back your financia...


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Tips to Save Money on Moving Expenses

Whether moving across town or across the country, relocating can be difficult and expensive; often riddled with unexpected costs. A little planning can go a long way to help keep costs down and reduce financial stress. Here are nine tips to save money on moving expenses: Choose Reputable Movers Hiring a mover can be risky. There are many consume...


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Tips for Tracking Your Expenses

Wise consumers tend to have some similarities when it comes to personal financial management – they track all of their expenses and continually update their financial goals. A monthly budget is a useful tool you can use to track both income and expenses. The information enables you to adjust your spending habits and make better purchasing deci...