Mom and dad conducting a family financial audit with their kids

How to Conduct a Family Financial Audit

With the school year in full swing and the holidays quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to do a family financial audit. Don’t let the sound of it intimidate you. It simply means taking the time to evaluate expenses that affect the whole family and seeing where you can make adjustments to save money. Now that doesn’t sound so bad, right...


Understanding the hidden costs of pet ownership

Discover the Hidden Costs of Pet Ownership

Pets can bring joy, laughter, love — and even add years — to our lives. There’s nothing like coming home after a long day and being greeted by a furry friend who can’t wait to see you. But in addition to all those wonderful things, pets bring something else: added expenses. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (A...


Have Fun with Cheap or Free Fall Activities

It seems like just yesterday kids were heading back to school and now it’s already time for fall break. If you’re looking for ideas to keep kids occupied while they have a few days off, keep reading. These cheap or free fall activities are also great ways to enjoy beautiful fall weekends (and they’re not just for kids)!           ...


Beware of these 7 red flags for renters

Beware of these 7 Red Flags for Renters

Most people will end up renting a place to live at some point in their lives. Whether it’s as a young person just starting out or after the kids have grown and it’s time to downsize the empty nest (or at some time in between). And there are many people who simply prefer the relative freedom of renting instead of owning a home. While renting ...


How to save more money when shopping online

6 Ways to Save Money When Shopping Online

There’s a lot to like about shopping online. It’s quick and convenient. You don’t have to deal with driving to the store, pushing through crowds or settling for merchandise in less-than-perfect condition. The downside is that online shopping can be almost too easy, and may lead to overspending. The key here is to shop only when you really ...