Learn how to live the frugal life with our helpful hints and tips.

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Making Kids’ Allowance Count: They Key to Teaching Financial Literacy

Not surprisingly, opinions about how, why and when to give kids an allowance vary widely. Many articles, particularly those on sites devoted to personal finance, tout the benefits to helping kids gain an early grasp of financial literacy. When done right, they argue, teaching kids to manage their own money, to earn, spend and save […]

Woman puts coin in piggy bank: How to Change Bad Financial Habits
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From Small Change to Big Bucks: Resolve to Fix Your Bad Financial Habits

There are lots of ways to save money. Most, if not all of them, require some degree of steadfastness and discipline. You can resolve, for example, to hold off buying yourself any new clothing or housewares for a set period of time. You could pledge to never buying coffee or water out or tossing all […]

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27 Awesome Ways to Spend $5

At SafetyNet™, we’re big on saving money. Saving brings security, happiness and peace of mind. But spending money is a part of life and also something that brings joy. The key with spending wisely is focusing on the true value of your purchases and using your dollars in a way that will maximize your happiness—not […]

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Start Off 2018 With No Debt

Originally published on the HuffingtonPost on Dec. 11, 2017 Last year, the average American who took on new debt during the holidays came out an additional $1,003 in the red. Most of those who took on new debt didn’t plan to and weren’t able to pay it off for the next several months, if at all. […]

de-materializing the holidays: mother and children making cookies
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De-Materializing the Holidays: The Connection Between Frugal and Festive

So much for the idea that an abundance of gifts is what contributes to that “most magical time of the year.” The fact is: materialism does not contribute to our happiness. In fact, it has just the opposite effect. In 2014, materialism expert Tim Kasser, PhD, shared research findings with the American Psychological Association that […]

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SafetyNet Now Connects You to Free Financial Resources

We can’t change the way the world works. Emergencies will always occur. Bad things will always happen to good people. But we can change the way that the world helps everyday, hardworking people get through tough times. Our mission at SafetyNet™ is to improve the financial well-being of millions of hard-working Americans by developing innovative […]

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Safety Net or Crystal Ball? Predict your Future with a Financial Statement

So many big life changes depend upon our finances. Deciding when it’s the best time to, say, switch careers or start a new business, take off and travel the world or even retire would be so much simpler if we could see the financial implications of our decisions. While big changes almost always feel risky—that’s […]

Roshni Chowdry and daughter: Frugal Shopping Challenge
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The Frugal Closet Challenge: Could You Refrain from Buying Yourself One Piece of Clothing for an Entire Year?

SafetyNet™ Head of Customer Experience Roshni Chowdhry admits to her own materialistic tendencies. Specifically, she says, she is well-acquainted with the short-term thrill of the impulse buy, especially when it comes to clothing. But that was several years and three separate no-shopping challenges ago. Having twice refrained from buying herself any new clothing for an […]

Frozen berries: Tips for freezing fresh produce
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Easy Pea-sy Tips for Freezing Fresh (and Cheap) Summer Produce

If you’ve tasted ratatouille that was cooked and frozen during the harvest months, you know the surprise of those first delicious bites. There is nothing like the taste of freshly picked summer squash, zucchinis, tomatoes and herbs when there is snow on the ground. It’s like a warm bowl of summer in winter. How to […]

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A Home of Your Own: How to Evaluate Your Financial Readiness and Save for That Big Down Payment

Originally Published by Credit.com on Sept. 27, 2017 By Trae Bodge Everyone wants a piece of the American dream, and for many people that dream includes owning a home. But owning a home is one of the biggest financial steps you can take in your life, so it’s important to carefully assess your financial situation […]