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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 . . .
POSTDec 07, 2020
The holidays are a time for families to gather, enjoy annual traditions, and experience the “magic” in the air. There’s a reason it’s called “the most wonderful time of the year”! However, it can also be the most expensive time of the year. There are gifts to buy, of course, but that’s just one part . . .
POSTDec 01, 2020
Who’s on your gift list this year? Between your significant other, your kids, your parents, your co-workers, and everyone else who might be on your list, you’ve probably got quite the shopping list, but all of these presents can add up to a significant hit to your checking account. Thankfully, it really is the thought . . .
POSTNov 20, 2020
Most of us don’t start thinking about the holidays until the Christmas decorations start showing up in stores and holiday advertisements dominate television. With all of the expenses, there’s a reason so many people say the holidays are the most stressful time of the year. But why stress out when it should be a time for fun and for visiting family? There’s something . . .
POSTNov 16, 2020
Have you carefully planned for your holiday expenses? Watch out for the unexpected. A report by Experian concluded that unplanned expenses account for an average of $288 around the holidays, and 31% of consumers handled this cost by putting it on their credit cards. Yikes! Some of these unexpected expenses are big-ticket items that can immediately put a dent . . .
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 . . .