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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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SMART Strategies to Save Up for Something Big

Family on vacation

Saving up for something big—or just working to pay down a debt—can feel like an overwhelming task, especially at the outset. As with most big goals, standing on the bottom of the proverbial mountain and looking up past the clouds is just about the worst way to go about psyching yourself up to get there. […]

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The Pitfalls of Black Friday

Women shopping on Black Friday

Shop Smarter By Knowing the Tricks of the Trade It wasn’t so long ago that Black Friday took place on just one day and entirely within brick-and-mortar stores with local TV crews clamoring to cover the overnight spenders. It was, after all, the most lucrative retail day of the year. Recently, of course, the internet […]

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Easy and Cheap Handcrafted Holiday Gifts

Father and son making easy and cheap handcrafted holiday gifts

Whether creativity is natural or something that can be learned is a debate not likely to be resolved any time soon. Meanwhile, however, holidays, birthdays and other causes for celebration continue to challenge everyone to find inexpensive, unique and personal ways of expressing their love to family and friends. If you’re drawn to the idea […]

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Why We Spend: The Psychology of Spending Money

psychology of spending

It’s likely no surprise that money is a leading cause of stress among most Americans. Financial decisions—whether making purchases, paying down debt or building up savings—require willpower, good judgment and discipline. Why is it, however, that even when people aren’t in the midst of a financial crisis or vicious cycle of debt, making ends meet […]

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Halloween Costumes on a Budget

kids wearing Halloween costumes on a budget

Whether you’re looking to dress a child or an adult, the internet offers no shortage of fun, cheap and even easy ideas for Halloween costumes. However, they are only inexpensive until you find yourself running to the dollar store to buy a hundred Popsicle sticks or the mall for black tights, or the home improvement […]

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A Summer Spending Freeze: One Person’s Plan to Tackle the Challenge

Woman shopping

  Recently Marlena H. embarked on a self-imposed, one-month “personal spending freeze,” announcing her intentions on social media and inviting others to join. Intrigued by what inspired her to take on such a challenge, SafetyNet™ reached out to learn more about the impact of her financially minimal month on her day-to-day life (and, subsequently, her […]

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10 Money Saving Tips for College Kids

10 Money Saving Tips for College Kids Infographic

1) Save on laptops and software Check for sales and student discounts before buying a computer or software. Labor Day and Black Friday are good times to get deep discounts on electronics. Many companies offer reduced prices to students, and campus bookstores often have good deals. Protect your investment with anti-virus software. 2) Shop thrift […]

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Why Your Food is Costing More—And What to Do About It

Couple cooking together - rising cost of food

It’s not your imagination. If you think your food costs have been rising over the past few years, you are right—and not just because you may be leaning a bit too hard on the convenience of eating out. Over the past 20 years, food prices have increased steadily—an average of 2.6% per year. While the […]

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7 Reasons to Buy Pet Insurance

Dog in cone of shame: Reasons to buy pet insurance

Lots of Americans own pets—more than half of us, in fact. When it comes to dogs and cats alone, 36.5% percent of Americans owned dogs in 2012 and 30.4% owned cats—and for good reason. Beyond being Facebook-worthy adorableness, pets bring indisputable health benefits to their owners, including stress reduction and heart disease prevention. We pay […]