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POSTFeb 17, 2021
The minimalist lifestyle is about living with less and being purposeful about what you do and do not allow into your life. At the moment, it feels very trendy: You can find blogs, Instagram accounts, podcasts, and books devoted to showcasing a minimalist lifestyle. Many of these social media accounts make minimalism seem expensive and . . .
POSTFeb 02, 2021
The first step to handling your finances well is deciding to learn how to do it. Luckily, there are tons of free information sources to help you become more financially literate, from websites to videos to podcasts. Listening to personal finance podcasts is a great way to increase your financial literacy, and you can do . . .
POSTJan 25, 2021
Teaching children life skills is an essential part of preparing them for their bright future. Managing money is one of the most critical life skills someone can have and, luckily, there everyday life offers many opportunities to model good money management habits. Activities like buying groceries or stopping by the bank, are chances to teach . . .
POSTJan 19, 2021
Planning on moving soon? Moving a three-bedroom house typically costs between $600 and $1,000 for a local move. If you’re planning a long-distance move, be prepared to spend between $3,400 and $4,100. Ouch. And while it’s easy to foresee a lot of the expenses you’ll encounter, like hiring a truck or shelling out for a full-service . . .
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 . . .
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 05, 2020
Once upon a time, the Christmas shopping season kicked off with Black Friday. Black Friday started in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving, and for most people, it wrapped up that afternoon. But now, things are a little more complicated. Cyber Monday started in the first years of this century, as people . . .
POSTOct 26, 2020
By now, you’re surely aware of some of the aspects of a frugal lifestyle. You pack your lunch, turn out the lights in empty rooms, meal-plan, cut coupons, have given up buying coffee … so what’s next? Now, you start to accumulate the benefits of your frugality! Sure, the main benefit is a healthy bank account, but it’s not just your bank account that’s about to . . .
POSTOct 23, 2020
Everyone is talking about the environment. Many people want to make changes in their everyday lives to support the health of our planet, but they don’t know where to start. Others worry that going green is going to cost a lot of green: In fact, one study showed that 4 in 5 consumers think going green will cost them . . .