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How to Recognize the Signs of a Gambling Problem

Whether it’s buying a weekly lottery ticket or taking an annual trip to Vegas to blow off some steam, gambling is a fun and harmless diversion for many people. For others it can become a problem that creates a variety of issues, including extreme financial hardship and deep debt. Let’s take a look at some […]

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Tips for Managing Friendship and Finances

Misunderstandings about money have caused the downfall of many friendships. Because we all have different backgrounds and experiences, we all approach money and financial issues in our own unique ways. Fortunately, there are some tried-and-true tips to help you manage the sometimes awkward intersection of friendship and finances. Let’s see what they are. Be Prepared […]

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Tips to Manage Your Digital Wants and Needs

Technology has changed the way we listen to music, watch movies and TV, go shopping and keep ourselves informed, occupied and entertained from the moment we wake up in the morning until we go to sleep at night. With that shift in lifestyle, you’ve probably also noticed some changes in your spending habits. It’s all […]

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It’s Time to Cut the Cord and Save Money

As cable and satellite bills grow from year-to-year, more consumers than ever are making the decision to “cut the cord.” And why not? Cutting the cord allows consumers to save money — as much as $85 per month according to one recent study — while being more intentional about the media they choose to consume. […]

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4 Things Millennials Can Give Up to Save for Retirement

When you’re just starting out, saving for retirement is the last thing on your mind. But those years fly by fast. If you don’t start saving for retirement early, you’ll have to play catch up later; or even end up working years longer than you would like. And while it might seem like your budget […]

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Here’s What to Include in an Entertainment Budget

If you’re hesitant to start a budget because you think it means you can’t have any fun, think again. A budget is simply a tool to help you decide how to spend and save your hard-earned money. And that includes budgeting for fun stuff, such as dining out, going to the movies and seeing live […]

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Affordable Activities for Senior Citizens

Whether you’re a caregiver for a senior family member or a senior yourself, it can be challenging to find fun, affordable activities to enjoy. With many seniors living on fixed incomes, there often aren’t funds left over each month to spend on things such as movies, museum admissions or dining out. Limited mobility can also […]

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Stretch Your Entertainment Budget with Gift Cards

It’s hard to believe, but nearly $1 billion in gift cards go unused every year. If you received gift cards during the holidays, don’t let them become part of that statistic. Make the most of gift cards by using them to stretch your entertainment budget throughout the year. Check out these ideas for how to […]

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Throw a New Year’s Eve Party on a Budget

Ringing in the New Year surrounded by family and friends is always a fun way to wrap up the holiday season. But by the time December 31 rolls around, most people’s holiday budgets are all but maxed out. Does that mean you have to sit home alone and hit the hay before midnight? Heck, no! […]

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How to Beat the High Cost of Social Activities

As casual summer beach and backyard gatherings give way to more structured social activities in the fall and winter, you might find yourself spending more money on socializing than you have the past few months. It’s not cheap to maintain a social life, but there are ways to make sure what you do in your […]

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