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Why We Spend: The Psychology of Spending Money

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It’s likely no surprise that money is a leading cause of stress among most Americans. Financial decisions—whether making purchases, paying down debt or building up savings—require willpower, good judgment and discipline. Why is it, however, that even when people aren’t in the midst of a financial crisis or vicious cycle of debt, making ends meet […]

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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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10 Money Saving Tips for College Kids

10 Money Saving Tips for College Kids Infographic

1) Save on laptops and software Check for sales and student discounts before buying a computer or software. Labor Day and Black Friday are good times to get deep discounts on electronics. Many companies offer reduced prices to students, and campus bookstores often have good deals. Protect your investment with anti-virus software. 2) Shop thrift […]

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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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7 Reasons to Buy Pet Insurance

Dog in cone of shame: Reasons to buy pet insurance

Lots of Americans own pets—more than half of us, in fact. When it comes to dogs and cats alone, 36.5% percent of Americans owned dogs in 2012 and 30.4% owned cats—and for good reason. Beyond being Facebook-worthy adorableness, pets bring indisputable health benefits to their owners, including stress reduction and heart disease prevention. We pay […]

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Tips for a Profitable Yard Sale: Make Sure It Will Be Worth the Effort!

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A yard sale offers the allure of profitable decluttering—what better way to clear out all your unneeded sports equipment and gently used furniture than to sell it all to happy buyers! If you’re not realistic, however, you may just be left with handful of small bills, piles of remaining items you now need to donate, […]

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Energy Saving Tips for Your Home: A Powerful Way to Save Money!

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Looking to save money? The answer might be right at home. According to research by the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American household spends $2,000 on energy costs each year, with nearly 30% of those costs spent on appliances, lighting, and electronics. When you realize that more than 10% of that amount goes to lighting […]

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Could Your Student Loans Be the Key to Building Your Emergency Savings?

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It’s not hard to believe that people who have managed to set aside money in case of emergencies enjoy a greater sense of “financial wellbeing.”  Freedom from worrying about the “what ifs” and a sense of pride in achieving a monetary goal would make anyone feel good. In reality, however, barely half of Americans have […]

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7 Best Websites for Easy and Cheap Meal Recipes

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When the U.S. economy took a plunge back in 2008, the amount of money Americans spent eating out took a parallel plunge. But since 2010, that number began to rise once again. In fact, it surpassed 2007’s previously highest dollar amount just 2 years later. We get it. Eating out is convenient: there’s little planning, […]