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How to Take the Heat Off Your Summer Budget

Summertime brings more than sunburns and barbecues — it can also send your monthly expenses through the roof. But with a little work now, you can enjoy the hot season and avoid pinching pennies in the fall. “Ideally, one saves a little bit of money in each of the cooler months and then spends down […]

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6 Ways to Save More Money in the New Year

Guest Blog – NerdWallet Even if saving has never been your thing and money is tight, the coming of a new year is an opportunity to change old financial habits. Here are some ways to become a more efficient saver. 1. Budget Budgeting helps you organize your finances so you have money left over to […]

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5 Financial Resolutions for the New Year

Guest Blog – NerdWallet A brand new year provides the perfect opportunity to make meaningful life changes, including improved financial wellness. These five financial resolutions can help get your year off to a promising start. 1. Get on budget Take charge of your finances by creating a budget. Start by calculating after-tax income and subtracting […]

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Students and Parents Have Different Ideas about Back-to-College Budgeting

It’s that time of year again for students and parents to plan back-to-college shopping. This is a joyous process, where both parties begin by agreeing on a budget. The problem is, students and parents have different ideas about what the ideal budget should be. How different? When professional services firm Deloitte conducted a survey, it […]

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Smart Ways to Cut Back to School Costs

Guest Blog by NerdWallet The end of summer inevitably means a mailbox overflowing with back-to-school sale advertisements. But before you fill your shopping cart, ask yourself these five questions to keep more money in your pockets as you kick off the school year. Do I have a budget? The answer, if you want to save […]

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Most Americans Have Inadequate Emergency Funds

Savings goals begin with having enough for emergencies, then move on to having enough to see you through a job loss and, finally, to having enough for retirement. A new study finds that most Americans aren’t even getting past the first stage. The author of the study, Bankrate, recently found that 63% of Americans can’t […]

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Get the Most Out of School Uniforms

Get the Most Out of School Uniforms

Schools across the country are moving to school uniforms in an effort to keep the focus at school on learning – not the latest fashion trends. However, many students’ parents have voiced concern over school uniforms, including that they restrict individualism and dampen student creativity. Many parents are also concerned at the overall cost of […]

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Back-to-School Budgeting

Back-to-School Budgeting

Author: Michelle Izmaylov While the holidays are infamous for devouring your hard-earned greens, there’s another time each year that blesses your money with wings to find new roosts in the pockets of store owners. That’s right: back to school season. Unfortunately this year, college students who are typically hovering on the edge of debt are […]

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Shopping for School Supplies

Shopping for School Supplies

Whether you’re hit with a bout of nostalgia for those old school days, or breathe a sigh of relief thinking “Thank heavens, that’s over,” the school supply list that arrives faithfully in your mailbor email probably evokes memories. If it’s not memories of your own school days, it’s memories of school supply shopping. And if […]

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