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How to Barbecue on a Budget and 8 Other Ideas for Affordable Summer Fun

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As the school year comes to a close, you may be wondering what you can do to get the most out of your free time this summer without breaking your budget. The good news: this time of year is prime for affordable fun. You don’t have to go on vacation this summer to have a […]

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How to Plan a Thrifty Summer Vacation

When you’re living on a budget, it can be hard to imagine stepping outside your weekly routine to travel. Vacations can be relaxing, but only if they fit within your means. There are many easy ways to start saving for something big, but you don’t have to have a ton of extra money socked away […]

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Best Thrifty Gifts for Grads in 2019

The art of giving gifts takes years to master, and it can be challenging to get it right on a budget. As graduation season approaches, there may be a few students in your life who you’re considering gifting something special to. This post will offer a few ways to give gifts that are sustaining, appreciated, […]

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How to Teach Your Kids About Money

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There are lots of reasons parents may not want to talk with their kids about money: maybe it feels inappropriate or shameful or maybe it seems too personal or just too complex for kids to comprehend. The fact is, however, even very young children grasp the concept of money. And, whether it’s talked openly about […]

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6 Tips for Saving Money on Health Care Expenses

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There’s deliberate rationale behind the fact that Americans are paying more and more out-of-pocket costs for their health care. With high-deductible health plans, insurers and employers are asking consumers to share in the cost of their own medical care. They believe consumers will make more informed (and conservative) decisions about what medications and procedures they […]

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20 Ways to Romance Your Sweetheart without Breaking the Bank

20 Cheap Date Ideas Infographic

These 20 cheap date ideas will help you have loads of fun without breaking the bank! These ideas are free or less than $15. Waltz Down Memory Lane Get out your photobooks from your honeymoon, your wedding or even before you were together to share memories and stories. Go to the Library Grab a book […]

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5 Cheap Activities Proven to Help You Avoid the Winter Blues

Couple dancing to avoid winter blues

No matter where you live in the northern hemisphere, the onset of winter means shorter days and far away dreams of summer vacations. For those who live above the 40th parallel, ice storms and slow-to-melt springs can wear on even the most devout of winter enthusiasts. There’s no doubt that a couple weeklong beach vacations […]

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The Unique Financial Circumstances of Unmarried Couples

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Tips for Navigating This New Financial Terrain A lot has changed about marriage in America in the past few decades: millennials are marrying later in life, children are increasingly born to unwed parents and the rate of marriage itself is steadily declining. That doesn’t mean Americans are shunning committed relationships, however. Instead, more and more […]

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Affordable Home Ownership Resources with Realtor Ann Rachein

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As one of the top real estate agents in her area, Wisconsin realtor Ann Raschein volunteers her time in home ownership education. Serving on the board of both Habitat for Humanity of Dane County and the Homebuyers Roundtable of Dane County, she is committed to giving all families the opportunity to join a community as […]

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The Gift of Insurance: Financial Peace-of-Mind Wrapped in a Bow

Blue packages: Gift SafetyNet job loss insurance

If you’ve got loved ones out in the working world, consider forgoing the gift cards, fancy phones, and high-tech appliances this holiday season. Instead, give them something you won’t find in any store: financial peace-of-mind. SafetyNet® job loss insurance provides just that. Created for workers with a less-than-hefty savings account, it’s an inexpensive solution to […]