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20 Ways to Romance Your Sweetheart without Breaking the Bank

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These 20 cheap date ideas will help you have loads of fun without breaking the bank! These ideas are free or less than $15. Waltz Down Memory Lane Get out your photobooks from your honeymoon, your wedding or even before you were together to share memories and stories. Go to the Library Grab a book […]

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5 Cheap Activities Proven to Help You Avoid the Winter Blues

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No matter where you live in the northern hemisphere, the onset of winter means shorter days and far away dreams of summer vacations. For those who live above the 40th parallel, ice storms and slow-to-melt springs can wear on even the most devout of winter enthusiasts. There’s no doubt that a couple weeklong beach vacations […]

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The Unique Financial Circumstances of Unmarried Couples

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Tips for Navigating This New Financial Terrain A lot has changed about marriage in America in the past few decades: millennials are marrying later in life, children are increasingly born to unwed parents and the rate of marriage itself is steadily declining. That doesn’t mean Americans are shunning committed relationships, however. Instead, more and more […]

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Affordable Home Ownership Resources with Realtor Ann Rachein

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As one of the top real estate agents in her area, Wisconsin realtor Ann Raschein volunteers her time in home ownership education. Serving on the board of both Habitat for Humanity of Dane County and the Homebuyers Roundtable of Dane County, she is committed to giving all families the opportunity to join a community as […]

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The Gift of Insurance: Financial Peace-of-Mind Wrapped in a Bow

Blue packages: Gift SafetyNet job loss insurance

If you’ve got loved ones out in the working world, consider forgoing the gift cards, fancy phones, and high-tech appliances this holiday season. Instead, give them something you won’t find in any store: financial peace-of-mind. SafetyNet® job loss insurance provides just that. Created for workers with a less-than-hefty savings account, it’s an inexpensive solution to […]

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6 Steps to De-stress Your Finances by Decluttering Your Bills

Woman decluttering her finances

Decluttering is a curious concept. First, it assumes you have an abundance of something (piles of shoes by the front door, cast-off toys, dusty knickknacks or old countertop appliances) getting in your way. Second, decluttering is based on an ever-moving, rather than fixed, goal. After all, if anyone actually dares to live in those serene, […]

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Halloween Costumes on a Budget

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Whether you’re looking to dress a child or an adult, the internet offers no shortage of fun, cheap and even easy ideas for Halloween costumes. However, they are only inexpensive until you find yourself running to the dollar store to buy a hundred Popsicle sticks or the mall for black tights, or the home improvement […]

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A Summer Spending Freeze: One Person’s Plan to Tackle the Challenge

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  Recently Marlena H. embarked on a self-imposed, one-month “personal spending freeze,” announcing her intentions on social media and inviting others to join. Intrigued by what inspired her to take on such a challenge, SafetyNet™ reached out to learn more about the impact of her financially minimal month on her day-to-day life (and, subsequently, her […]

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Why Your Food is Costing More—And What to Do About It

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It’s not your imagination. If you think your food costs have been rising over the past few years, you are right—and not just because you may be leaning a bit too hard on the convenience of eating out. Over the past 20 years, food prices have increased steadily—an average of 2.6% per year. While the […]

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Can You Afford to Be a Stay-At-Home Parent

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If you’re like most parents of young children, you have probably given some thought to the idea of packing up your office to become a stay-at-home parent. After all, for middle-income American families, child care and education is second only to housing when it comes to major expenses. These days, more than one-third of American […]