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POSTJan 11, 2021
Choosing foods that are healthy for the family while staying on budget may seem like a difficult combination. The good news is that a well-balanced diet that’s full of whole nutrients doesn’t have to be boring or unaffordable. Planning a menu and cooking as a family can be surprisingly cost-efficient, and it’s a great way to spend time . . .
POSTJan 04, 2021
Taking your family to a game is expensive. According to the 2019 Fan Cost Index, which calculates the cost for a family of four to go to a game, park, eat, and buy souvenirs, the median cost to go to an NFL game is $540.42, the median cost for an MLS game is $250.42, and the . . .
POSTDec 29, 2020
New year, new you? Many people take the turning of the calendar page as an opportunity to reevaluate their priorities and make resolutions to improve themselves or their circumstances in the new year. According to Psychology Today, 41% of Americans make resolutions. Unfortunately, 88% of resolutions fail. Financial resolutions are in the top five of all . . .
POSTDec 22, 2020
Do you need more money? What a silly question: Just about everyone could use more money, right? Maybe you’re trying to beef up your emergency fund or pay off debt. Or perhaps you’re saving for a particular goal, like a vacation, a new car, or a home renovation project. Maybe you’ve carefully budgeted your income but it’s . . .
POSTDec 14, 2020
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are a time to get together with loved ones, eat favorite foods, and enjoy family traditions. For many of us, it also means figuring out how to get home for the holidays, though some might instead focus on traveling to a popular vacation spot to . . .
POSTNov 10, 2020
The holiday season, regardless of which, if any, holidays you choose to observe, is a beautiful time of celebration and togetherness, but to enjoy that togetherness, many of us need to travel. From short distances to nearby family and friends to hours or even days on end in the car, we all have somewhere to be and it is important . . .
POSTNov 05, 2020
Cars manufactured before 1980 required intense preparation to get them ready for winter. Luckily, modern vehicles don’t need the same elaborate winterization, but low temperatures, snow, rain, and road salt can still cause problems with newer cars. Completing a few simple tasks before the worst of winter sets in will help protect your vehicle and make navigating . . .
POSTJun 23, 2020
There’s no doubt that taking some time off to have fun and relax close to home can be just as rewarding as going away for vacation, and it’s certainly thriftier. When you vacation close to home, you can eliminate a load of stress and expense. Consider that when you go on vacation, you have to . . .
POSTJun 18, 2020
School is out, temperatures are rising, and for most of us, this means one thing: It’s vacation time! Are you dreaming of white beaches and emerald green waves? Or maybe fresh mountain streams and picnicking under a canopy of trees are more your speed. Perhaps you’ve got your eye on some major landmarks instead. But . . .
POSTApr 28, 2020
Does it sometimes feel like your money flies away from you and you often don’t even remember how you spent it all? Same. It’s a common affliction! But most people tend to waste money on the same ten things, which should make it easier to figure out what’s killing your budget. Once you identify which . . .