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Cheap summer fun ideas with the Beckers
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Parent-Centered Ideas for Cheap Summer Fun

When Jessica Becker set out to publish reviews of her city’s playgrounds she wasn’t primarily motivated by the fact it was an inexpensive activity. In fact, she says, it was inspired by a city planning meeting more than anything. “The playground near our house was having new equipment put in,” she says. “We received a […]

Dog in car on country road .Can you afford a pet?
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Can You Afford a Pet? Check Your Budget Before Bringing Fido into the Family

The benefits to living with pets are well-documented. Their companionship improves our mental wellbeing. They can keep us physically active and lower our risk of heart disease. They teach children responsibility and can even keep young ones from developing allergies. Some also make excellent under-foot vacuum cleaners in the kitchen. A lesser known—and less popular—fact, […]

Budget Meals: Bread, pasta and pastries on a wooden surface
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Budget Meals: How to Cook with Less

You might be surprised to learn that the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has determined this year’s “moderate” food cost plan for a family of 4 is just a little more than $1000 per month. Their “thrifty” family plan puts that monthly expenditure at less than $650. If you’re like most of us, […]

dad and baby - easiest money saving tips for parents
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Money Saving Ideas for New Parents: Seven of the Quirkiest—and Easiest—Internet Tips

If there’s one universal truth about new parents it’s that they are frazzled, sleep-deprived and riddled with other people’s advice. The internet is replete with tips for parents looking to economize on their new-baby lifestyle. But when you hardly have time to read them, you most definitely lack time to do them. Let’s face it: […]

Digital couponing - shopping smart with your smart phone
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Smart Shopping with Your Smart Phone: Digital Couponing Helps You Save and Track Spending

Thanks to a growing number of digital couponing apps you can download onto your smart phone, gone are the days of flipping through newspaper inserts, scissors in-hand, just to save a buck or 2 on toothpaste. Now that going everywhere with our phones is a part of life, coupon savings are now just a swipe […]

1040 Tax Return: What to do with your tax refund
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Wondering What to Do with That Tax Refund? Ask Yourself: “What Keeps Me Up at 3am?”

Seeing that last year’s average tax refund hovered above $2500  (though in Wisconsin it’s a little less), you may well be expecting a hefty check in the next few months. But before you start Googling “Vacations in Veracruz,” consider finding some better ways to spend your tax return. Especially if you’re among the 63% of […]

Money Saving Tips: Save $5 this month
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5 Tips to Save $5 This Month

Think saving $5 a month isn’t worth the effort? Actually, an extra $60 per year can provide you with some pretty big returns: A $60 donation to local gardens, parks, and museums can often provide your family with a membership and free admission for the year. $60 toward private unemployment insurance can help you make […]

9 Ways to Make Ends Meet When You’re Between Jobs
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9 Ways to Make Ends Meet When You’re Between Jobs

So you’re between jobs. Limbo, crisis, transition. No matter what you call it, it’s an unsettling time—and for good reason. When you don’t know when you’ll have a regular income again, expenses that once seemed unremarkable—say, those monthly school loan payments or even coffee with a friend—can suddenly feel daunting. The good news is that […]